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The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future

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The long-awaited first book by the founder of the enormously popular Bullet Journal organizational system.

For years Ryder Carroll tried countless organizing systems, online and off, but none of them fit the way his mind worked. Out of sheer necessity, he developed a method called the Bullet Journal that helped him become consistently focused and effective. When he started
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Portfolio
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Vesta This book is not so much about the method per se ( it is very simple) but about the philosophy behind it. I enjoyed the book tremendously- it is…moreThis book is not so much about the method per se ( it is very simple) but about the philosophy behind it. I enjoyed the book tremendously- it is written by a person with broad common knowledge and talent for creative writing. He shares his view about how this method can improve your life what I find much more important than just the simple notebook configuration. Buy the kindle version- it is already revised and has no problems.(less)
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Dannii Elle
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I first heard of this book from an insanely talented Youtuber, called Boho Berry. If you have an interest in bullet journaling then you are probably already familiar with her beautiful daily spreads, extensive collections, and the gorgeous artwork and lettering that she creates with seeming ease. Each of her videos exudes productivity and I watched her videos longing to emulate her success.

I started my own bullet journal and promptly neglected it, finding dissatisfaction in how it didn't measure
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Emma Sea
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this, and I am not a Boho Berry or Llamas Love Lettering fan. Ryder states outright not to keep Collections or Trackers unless you are learning and growing from the information. FYI there's a good subreddit - /r/basicbulletjournals - if you are into the practicality of planning & journaling and not the brush pen lettering and folk art floral motifs.

I particularly liked his description of planning project sprints, which was the whole of Sprint usefully condensed down into 3
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Veronique
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5*

“It’s not about how your journal looks; it’s about how it makes you feel and how effective it is.

I’ve always kept notebooks, especially for work, which I would use in conjunction with digital tools, logging every day all I did, writing to-do lists, and planning projects. This proved to be a life saver on many occasions - and also surprisingly a source of enjoyment (the one of writing with a fountain pen on quality paper). When the Bujo trend wave hit me, about one year and a half ago, I was
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Tony
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: how-to, read-in-2018
I was in two minds about this book from the outset, and I wasn't sure what to expect from it. So is it really fair to say that it disappointed me? Probably not, but in any case, I came away 'nonplussed'!

The book is split into five sections: Preparation, System, Practice, Art and End.

It started well with an overview of the method and I learnt a lot. I should say that I've been keeping a BuJo for over two years now. Or at least I thought I had. My method was a long way removed from the official
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Kait
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A useful compilation, but this book doesn't provide anything you couldn't already learn online on Carroll's website or a quick YouTube/Google search.
Jessica E
Nov 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
I've been "BuJo-ing" for 8 months, based on a 1 hour workshop I went to where I learned Ryder Carroll's basic system. I can safely advise readers to stick to the YouTube videos as this book is completely unnecessary. Unless you are in crisis and have never heard of mindfulness or UX. . . and could use some inspirational quotes from a few hundred sources. . .

Remember writing essays as a college freshman (or maybe even high school freshman) and writing in an extremely sagacious way- quoting
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Jonny
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
For me, needed more David Allen and less Oprah. Skimmed the Oprah, really enjoyed the David Allen. Worth a read.
Girl
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
This was a very mixed bag.

Ryder Carroll is the man behind the original bullet journal idea and in his book, he describes the tenets of his bullet journal system. At its core, "bu jo" is a very simple method, consisting in making lists of to-do tasks, planning in a format that makes sense to you, and supplementing it all with "collections" -- which, in Carroll's description, are mostly more detailed projects requiring more involvement from you. Add a few buzzwords such as "intentionality" or
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Gumble's Yard
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
• Good introduction to Bullet Journal method
* Analogue approach for digital age
- Slower speed of handwriting + migration idea encourages reflection
> Adopt in 2019

Mediaevalgirl
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last year, I moved away from bullet journaling, and started using pre-filled planners because to be honest, I felt that bullet journaling had become an art competition – too exhausting and time consuming to manage. I am also not an artist and struggled to make my journal “pretty”, then felt crappy when it looked nothing like what I had seen on Pinterest or Instagram. It wasn’t saving me any time, it was chewing it up with fancy layouts and poor hand writing attempts. All of which, as Carroll ...more
Amirography
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: by-the-bed-books
very very very slow progression with a lot of useless quotations. It's a magnificent method, and the book has awesome contents, but it lasts much longer than it should.
Marion Honey
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
4.5 Highly recommend to anyone. A self-aware self-help book that miraculously contains concrete useful examples for you to implement into your own life TODAY. I received a proof copy and will definitely be adding the final finished version to my home library to return to again and again.
Marcus Choo
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
At the beginning of this book there's a scene, allegedly something that actually happened, in which a bullet journal dramatically saves a child's life.

Still, she had the presence of mind to pull out a well-worn, thread-bound book that is quite familiar to me: it was an orchid-colored, soft-covered Leuchtturm 1917. It was a Bullet Journal. Grasping the last few pages, she threaded them away from the threaded spine and held them out to the EMT... she shook her head and sobbed, "I can't... I
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Stefanie Sugia
"Whether you're an experienced Bullet Journalist or a newcomer, The Bullet Journal Method is for anyone struggling to find their place in the digital age. It will help you get organized by providing simple tools and techniques that can inject clarity, direction, and focus into your days. As great as getting organized feels, however, it's just the surface of something significantly deeper and more valuable."
I started Bullet Journaling in 2017 and it has completely changed my life ever since. I
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Eric Franklin
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I discovered bullet journaling when the original method was released and have utilized portions of the overall method off-and-on ever since. I love occasionally perusing the customization community that has built up around the methodology on instagram and pinterest (although I find many of the visuals more daunting than helpful).

There's a lot to love here. The things that work for me in the book are the super practical elements of the basics as well as some of the reasoning behind how Ryder
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Kirsty ❤️
This is an interesting way of organising thoughts and daily, monthly and yearly tasks but there were a few areas where I could have found the information with a quick google search. As a fan of lists and journalling I found it great but there was an awful lot in this that I could have done without. Not a bad concept and good in parts but overall thumbs in the middle
Monika Ghosh
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I love this book! It's been so helpfull! I'll use some of the ideas in my journal. Thanks to the inventor and writer of this book Ryder Carroll.
Manish
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: management, kindle, 2019
Watch the 4 minute YouTube video. Much more informative and efficient than labouring through this.
Buddy
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has repeatedly failed to keep a traditional planner/journal, I appreciate the flexibility of the Bullet Journal method and am looking forward to developing the practice in 2019.
Jacqueline (We Be Book'N)
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I LOVED this book! I wish I would have read this book a long time ago, because this is completely changing my life with bullet journaling and planning. I have never been an artist, and would spend a bunch of time changing up my bujo spreads each month, but still trying to keep them functional. Ryder explains how your bujo should be functional, not beautiful and that people spend way too much time creating spreads they never use. I just reset up my current bujo so I can use his techniques for the ...more
Kaila
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I felt like I was not performing well at work and cast around for help. I started but didn't finish a few books that didn't grab me. This one was different. It's written in a conversational tone that made me want to read it. Part how-to, part philosophy, this is basically a self-help book centered around getting stuff done so you can help yourself.

It was too little too late for me. I was fired last month. Sigh. Now I'm using bullet journaling to help me figure out what I want out of a new job.
Anton
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: managing-self, ideas
What a surprise!! I am so amazed by this impulse read. Not only BuJo system is incredible but this guide to it is absolutely fantastic. It shows a depth of thought, delivers the message is engaging and delightful manner, with insightful quotes and side stories... Who knew?!

Highest possible recommendation Seriously, get yourself a copy (and a journal )
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Michael Schuermann
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
First and foremost, I'm a huge fan of bullet journaling. I picked it up at the end of 2017 and have used the method for all of 2018. It has been immensely helpful, it's gotten me to consider and plan my days on paper, in a medium that encourages thoughtful engagement with what I'm doing and wanting to do. There's no just dumping everything into the electronic black hole with this method. I love it and am eager to keep on using it for years to come.

However, I picked up just about everything I
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AnnaG
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a list-maker of many decades standing, I thought this book would be utterly useless and wouldn't add anything to my organisational methods. Actually, it's excellent. I've realised that I don't do nearly enough pruning of my tasks, I let distractions get in the way of overall plans and with a few simple tweaks and improvements suggested here, I could make my journal much more useful and productive. Thank you Ryder.
Chris
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As you'd expect from the guy who came up with bullet journaling, this book has very clear how-to explanations and examples. The tone reminded me why I don't read productivity books - they exhaust me.
Melissa Crytzer Fry
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a handy book about not only how to bullet journal, but how to set and meet goals that lead to a more fulfilling life. I actually am not new to bullet journaling and its transformative power – but I had a lapse, which did negatively impact my productivity. I thought this book might jumpstart my productivity and mindfulneses again. And it did.

What I didn’t expect to find was the emphasis on introspection and human psychology. I’m not a self-help book reader and didn’t think this was that
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Lyfranka
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book really showed me what a bullet journal is all about.
Šarūnė Tilvikaitė
What a great and informative read about Bullet Journaling, goal setting and breaking them down as well as reflecting. An inspiring system that's helped millions of people to get organized and be more mindful in their lives!
Susinok
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book really helped me with the way I use my bullet journal. I often get bogged down with long form writing, and then the planning gets lost. I separated my journal writing into a separate book that I keep at home, and use the new journal just to plan.

I'm working on a career promotion, and I'm going to use the bullet journal to reflect and help me track all of the items I need along my career path.
tonia peckover
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Quite helpful in understanding the process and potential of Bullet Journaling. A little self-help vibe going on in the middle section, and I think the book would benefit from some reference guides particularly for the more complex usages (projects, goals, collections) but overall a very helpful book.
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Ryder Carroll is a digital product designer and inventor of the Bullet Journal method. He was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, but now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

He's had the privilege of working with companies like Adidas, American Express, Cisco, IBM, Macy's and HP. He's been featured by the New York Times, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Vogue, New York Magazine, Lifehacker, Mashable and
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“Inevitably we find ourselves tackling too many things at the same time, spreading our focus so thin that nothing gets the attention it deserves. This is commonly referred to as "being busy." Being busy, however, is not the same thing as being productive.” 12 likes
“In the most connected time in history, we're quickly losing touch with ourselves.” 6 likes
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