The Bullet Journal Method
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 sharing his system with friends who faced similar challenges, it went viral. Just a few years later, to his astonishment, Bullet Journaling is a global movement. The Bullet Journal Method is about much more than organizing your notes and to-do lists. It's about what Carroll calls "intentional living:" weeding out distractions and focusing your time and energy in pursuit of what's truly meaningful, in both your work and your personal life. It's about spending more time with what you care about, by working on fewer things. His new book shows you how to... • Track the past: Using nothing more than a pen and paper, create a clear and comprehensive record of your thoughts. • Order the present: Find daily calm by tackling your to-do list in a more mindful, systematic, and productive way. • Design the future: Transform your vague curiosities into meaningful goals, and then break those goals into manageable action steps that lead to big change. Carroll wrote this book for frustrated list-makers, overwhelmed multitaskers, and creatives who need some structure. Whether you've used a Bullet Journal for years or have never seen one before, The Bullet Journal Method will help you go from passenger to pilot of your own life.

The Bullet Journal Method Details

TitleThe Bullet Journal Method
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherPortfolio
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Productivity, Self Help, Diary, Journal

The Bullet Journal Method Review

  • Dannii Elle
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 up to this BuJo' master's. I started again, with a simpler design and found it to work for me, but I still felt like there was something missing from it. I enjoyed setting up my monthly spreads but dreaded returning back to it, on a day-to-day basis, viewing it as another chore that was added into my already packed lifestyle.When I saw Boho Berry's rave review for this book then I knew that reading this was the step I needed to take in making my bullet journal work better for me. And I was correct, but not quite in the way I first thought.I assumed this book would teach its reader the 'hows' of bullet journal, instead it focused on the 'whys'. On times it seems to neglect bullet journals all together, as it forced the reader to assess their reason behind all of their daily actions, and to why aspects of their lives weren't currently working for them. It is only later that he introduced just exactly how bullet journals could be an aid in curing that. Areas such as imperfection and control were covered and it really opened my eyes to how I had been bullet journalling wrong, all these many months.It made me realise that part of the bullet journal appeal for me was purely aesthetic. I loved to view artistic daily spreads, complete with calligraphy headers and washi tape dividers. For me, this didn't work because there was no 'why' behind my wanting it. Aesthetics wasn't enough and the reason I felt such dissatisfaction was that this particular bullet journal set-up had no purpose in my life and so I was ultimately failing to connect with it. It became just another chore I had added, without making my daily processes any easier.Bullet journalling is an extremely helpful tool but also an extremely personal one, which is why no two will look the same. This life guide/bullet journalling how-to instructed me on organising my day, better managing my time, and transferring my dreams into goals, which is what makes this perfect for amateur and expert Bu-Jo'ers alike.I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Ryder Carroll, and the publisher, Portfolio, for this opportunity.
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  • Emma Sea
    January 1, 1970
    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 pa 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 pages. I'd read it again for that alone. Ryder also stresses the importance of reflection on a daily and monthly basis: of asking yourself what is really useful, and actually working, and culling the extraneous.Recommended
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  • Marion Honey
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • AnnaG
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jonny
    January 1, 1970
    For me, needed more David Allen and less Oprah. Skimmed the Oprah, really enjoyed the David Allen. Worth a read.
  • Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Really cool life philosophy + practical guide. I have started a bullet journal as a result of this book, and there is plenty of food for thought. Good for fans of Jordan Peterson, Mark Manson and so on. Get your life in order!
  • Kamryn (GreyZone)
    January 1, 1970
    The day has finally come! Ryder Carroll, the creator of the bullet journal system, has a brand-new book available for purchase as of October 23rd.I had the opportunity to read and review this beautiful book before it hit the shelves. Whether you’ve been faithfully bullet journaling for years or you’re eyeing the system from afar, keep reading to walk through the book’s content.I thought this book would be an expanded version of the instructions on the website; however, it’s jam-packed with insig The day has finally come! Ryder Carroll, the creator of the bullet journal system, has a brand-new book available for purchase as of October 23rd.I had the opportunity to read and review this beautiful book before it hit the shelves. Whether you’ve been faithfully bullet journaling for years or you’re eyeing the system from afar, keep reading to walk through the book’s content.I thought this book would be an expanded version of the instructions on the website; however, it’s jam-packed with insights on mindfulness, goal setting, and intentionality. It’s equally a self-help book and a how-to manual.I. The PreparationThe first chapter initially walks through how the origin of the bullet journal system. Carroll’s voice is amicable and engaging, as if you’re sitting across the table at a coffee shop hearing of this new system that managed to establish order in his hectic life.It also includes ample examles and graphs that easily encompass the book’s explanations for visual learners. Important quotes are also often segregated from the paragraphs of text, varying the reading process. Ryder walks through how to get the most out of this system by providing both the tools and material required to build your life into what you desire. II. The SystemThis next chapter provides more details on the actual system. This includes which tools you need, key concepts and pages, the bullet and rapid logging system, and the various nuts and bolts that make up bullet journaling.If you’re an expert, it’s a great refresher; if you’re a novice, this includes more details and examples than what’s available on the website. Carroll includes excellent diagrams to illustrate the basic ideas of the system. III. The PracticeIn this chapter Carroll focuses on how to implement the bullet journal into your everyday life. He walks through the beauty of reflection, consistency, and awareness. My personal favorite part of this section is when Carroll discusses why the pursuit of happiness isn’t the end goal. By discussing consumerism and the importance of goals, he put a thought into words that has always plagued me. This passage on properly setting goals for success, pursuing greater things than flighty emotions, and keeping your bullet journal grounded in essentialism was enough for me to write “Preach, Ryder!” in bright blue highlighter. I felt like he peeked into my heart and wrote down every thought I’ve had as an active member of the bullet journal community. His insight pertains to everyone. I’ve always known Carroll created an innovate new system; however, I wish I would’ve known how wise he is five years ago. IV. The ArtFinally! If you’ve seen the beautiful artistic spreads on your Instagram, you’ll be ready for this next chapter. Even though the washi tape, faux consumerism, and other embellishments are beautiful, Carroll urges new bullet journalers to avoid wild customization until they are familiar with the system’s bare-bone strength. I love how Carroll incorporated spreads from the celebrities of the bullet journal world, like Tiny Ray of Sunshine’s Kim Alvarez, and Boho Berry’s Kara Benz. ConclusionWould you still buy this book after reading it?Whole-heartedly. I believe in Carroll’s mission so much that I’d purchase the audiobook too just to support him more. Is this book a good introudctory tool to the whole system?Yes. It expands upon the website’s information, and yet also addresses common misconceptions because of the active online community, including digital planning and the artsy spreads you’ve likely seen. Is this book necessary for experienced bullet journalists?A resounding yes. This book contains much more insight beyond how to mark up your dot grid pages. Carroll is wise beyond his years and this book will remain on my nearby shelf as a reference.If you want to read the full review with color photographs of the novel, check it out on my website: https://greyzonepages.com/2018/10/24/...
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Read my full review (with pictures and quotes) on my blog.Disclaimer: This book was given to me for review. In no way does this affect my opinion of the books or the content of my review.This is not just a book about the bullet journal method. It’s about personal growth and intentionality, themes that are very closely connected to the system that Ryder Carroll designed.You could argue that the bullet journal method is just a simple to-do list with complicated-looking symbols and a lot of buzzwor Read my full review (with pictures and quotes) on my blog.Disclaimer: This book was given to me for review. In no way does this affect my opinion of the books or the content of my review.This is not just a book about the bullet journal method. It’s about personal growth and intentionality, themes that are very closely connected to the system that Ryder Carroll designed.You could argue that the bullet journal method is just a simple to-do list with complicated-looking symbols and a lot of buzzwords, or something that would take up too much of your time, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it (for at least a few months, as Ryder suggests). I’ve been bullet journaling for less than a year and I’m just now starting to realize how much it helps me beat executive dysfunction. I frequently get compliments from my autism coaches about my notebook, and I wish I could take credit for the idea.The Bullet Journal Method came at just the right time for me. I was feeling stuck and executive dysfunction was taking over my life. This book gave me some much-needed motivation and tips to get back into it. It provided answers to all the questions I was struggling with, like: how do I set up a Collection effectively so it can help me reach my goals? How do I define what Collections & entries are meaningful? How do I use the information in my habit tracker to make better decisions in the future?I was so glad to see Ryder destroy the misconception that you can’t bullet journal if you have sloppy handwriting or if you’re not artistic. When you search for ‘bullet journal’ online, a lot of what you’ll find is very colorful and artistic. I personally like my bullet journal simple, so it doesn’t distract from what really matters. I’m fighting for awareness that your bullet journal does not have to be a piece of art! I think this misconception still keeps a lot of people from trying out the method, and that saddens me.That Ryder Carroll took creative writing classes is evident in his writing style. I found myself smiling appreciatively at his creative word choices & wonderful writing, and sometimes even laughing out loud at the subtle jokes.Some of the topics discussed are decision fatigue, focus & flow, time management, information overload & technology, handwriting and memory, effective note-taking, tackling goals big and small, daily routines, and gratitude. There’s something there for everyone.Scattered throughout the book, there are little exercises you can do (in your bullet journal, of course) to learn how to actively reflect on your life, set goals, and get the most out of your bullet journal experience.Although Ryder does mention his ADD diagnosis in the introduction, I wish there had been more about his personal experience with ADD. The bullet journal method has proven to be a big help for people with AD(H)D especially, and I would’ve liked to learn about how he manages his condition using his journal.As the PR pamphlet says: “You don’t have to be a bullet journaler to get a lot out of this book — it’s full of insights on intentional living and staying calm in a crazy world.” I couldn’t have worded it better myself, so I won’t try to.I’d recommend this book to anyone who already uses a bullet journal or is interested in the idea of using one. There are things to gain here for beginners and experienced bullet journalers alike. This is a book I’m sure to grab off my shelf again and again.
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  • Isabelle
    January 1, 1970
    I started keeping a diary around 2nd grade, a catchall Writer’s Notebook in 3rd, a (preprinted) planner in 5th, and a BuJo in 11th. I don’t remember how I came across the system — probably studyblr, the Tumblr community dedicated to tips & aesthetics related to studying — but I’m now on my third BuJo and still loving this system. It’s my daily planner and brain dump space and creative outlet. The big names in the BuJo community (some of whom are referenced and their spreads showcased in this I started keeping a diary around 2nd grade, a catchall Writer’s Notebook in 3rd, a (preprinted) planner in 5th, and a BuJo in 11th. I don’t remember how I came across the system — probably studyblr, the Tumblr community dedicated to tips & aesthetics related to studying — but I’m now on my third BuJo and still loving this system. It’s my daily planner and brain dump space and creative outlet. The big names in the BuJo community (some of whom are referenced and their spreads showcased in this book!) are great about referring people back to Ryder Carroll’s original system and website, so I had a rough idea of how the original system was designed. But there’s so much more to it than I realized, and this book does a great job explaining the why as much as the how, with thoughtful asides on mindfulness, deliberation, and prioritization. This book is definitely a terrific starting point for beginners — who are, based on both social media and IRL comments, intimidated by all the artsy spreads on the Internet, never realizing that while the aesthetic has its merits, it was never the point — as well as a great reference for experienced BuJo users who want a refresher or a return to the basics.
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  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    The Bullet Journal method is a pen and paper organization system that changed by life when I discovered it four years ago. This genius system invented by Ryder Carroll invites you to combine all your tiny scraps of paper and calendars and notes into one location to stay organized, productive, and insightful about how you spend your time and energy.Whether you are a new to bullet journaling or have been doing it for years, Ryder’s book is a fantastic way to re-evaluate how and why you bullet jour The Bullet Journal method is a pen and paper organization system that changed by life when I discovered it four years ago. This genius system invented by Ryder Carroll invites you to combine all your tiny scraps of paper and calendars and notes into one location to stay organized, productive, and insightful about how you spend your time and energy.Whether you are a new to bullet journaling or have been doing it for years, Ryder’s book is a fantastic way to re-evaluate how and why you bullet journal. Half of the book is the details – what bullet journaling is, how to practice it and use it to become more productive, and how to make it work for you. The other half offers lessons in mindfulness and how to use your bullet journal to document your life in a way that is helpful to move you forward. I love how flexible the Bullet Journal Method is and I loved how much this book helped me re-evaluate how I bullet journal, discovering new techniques. I look forward to revisiting it again when I feel it’s time to change this up. Happy Bullet Journaling!
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  • Noel
    January 1, 1970
    It's a good analysis of the Bullet Journal system. (Well, one would hope so, being authored by the inventor).Thing is, the Bullet Journal system itself is incredibly simple and doesn't need a book's worth of explanation. Carroll explores a lot of different ways the system can be used, and how one can use it to live a more deliberate life.He consistently emphasizes that while the art Bullet Journal is something you see online a lot, the basic system requires no art or design at all. That if art o It's a good analysis of the Bullet Journal system. (Well, one would hope so, being authored by the inventor).Thing is, the Bullet Journal system itself is incredibly simple and doesn't need a book's worth of explanation. Carroll explores a lot of different ways the system can be used, and how one can use it to live a more deliberate life.He consistently emphasizes that while the art Bullet Journal is something you see online a lot, the basic system requires no art or design at all. That if art or handwriting is getting in the way of starting or continuing it, the person who is doing that is rather missing the point. As someone who has a textual Bullet Journal with the occasional doodle and atrocious handwriting, I am glad this discussion appears in the inventor's book on the subject.Quite worth the read.
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  • Virginia
    January 1, 1970
    For anyone who uses a Bullet Journal or those who have heard about it, but don't know where to start, check this book out. Brilliantly structured, this book is made for those who need a starting off point as well as those looking for new ideas/approaches to their bullet journal practices. As someone who uses a bullet journal, I found some really helpful tips in this book as well as more efficient approaches to problems. If there's one thing I can emphasize in this book, it's fancy designs and br For anyone who uses a Bullet Journal or those who have heard about it, but don't know where to start, check this book out. Brilliantly structured, this book is made for those who need a starting off point as well as those looking for new ideas/approaches to their bullet journal practices. As someone who uses a bullet journal, I found some really helpful tips in this book as well as more efficient approaches to problems. If there's one thing I can emphasize in this book, it's fancy designs and brilliant art pieces are not what make a bullet journal. Ryder Carroll stresses that you don't need to be an artist to practice bullet journal. You just need to have the will. He'll show you the way.**Read thanks to an ARC from Portfolio**
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.* I am a novice but dedicated bullet journaler at work, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of The Bullet Journal by Ryder Carroll - the creator of the bullet journal himself. .In this book, Ryder discusses the origins of the bullet journal method, shares success stories, and most importantly, teaches you HOW to bullet journal, step-by-step. As someone who would like to transition my home organizing system to bullet journaling as well *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.* I am a novice but dedicated bullet journaler at work, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of The Bullet Journal by Ryder Carroll - the creator of the bullet journal himself. .In this book, Ryder discusses the origins of the bullet journal method, shares success stories, and most importantly, teaches you HOW to bullet journal, step-by-step. As someone who would like to transition my home organizing system to bullet journaling as well, this was extremely useful (especially considering my system at work is bare-bones and I would like more content in my home bullet journal. I am most excited about setting up my booklists (of course)!
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  • Phoebe
    January 1, 1970
    Through reading this I have started my bullet journal. I already feel so much more organised and calm.I have just started a new job and it's helping me remember processes of different things and what to do. I also have a goal of becoming a teaching assistant and it really helps to have the incentive and inspiration of the journal practically moving me towards success. I recommend this to anyone! But especially my partner as I think it could really help him as a freelance film maker get organised Through reading this I have started my bullet journal. I already feel so much more organised and calm.I have just started a new job and it's helping me remember processes of different things and what to do. I also have a goal of becoming a teaching assistant and it really helps to have the incentive and inspiration of the journal practically moving me towards success. I recommend this to anyone! But especially my partner as I think it could really help him as a freelance film maker get organised, be reminded daily and keep track of clients! This I know is also going to help me with my struggles if anxiety and depression, to help me spot any patterns with s lot more clarity.
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  • William Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    Who should read this book: Those new to bullet journals and those whom haven't read much on productivityWho should avoid this book: experienced bullet journalists whom have read many books on productivityWhile well presented, cutely illuminated, and a well curated intro to BuJo, this official book also delves deep into practices for living intentionally and decluttering. Overall it feel like a way to market and monetize on the many free introductions available on line. The official website offer Who should read this book: Those new to bullet journals and those whom haven't read much on productivityWho should avoid this book: experienced bullet journalists whom have read many books on productivityWhile well presented, cutely illuminated, and a well curated intro to BuJo, this official book also delves deep into practices for living intentionally and decluttering. Overall it feel like a way to market and monetize on the many free introductions available on line. The official website offers enough guidance on how to BuJo for free.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    I read this as an avid BuJo fan of 5 years already. Still, I haven’t particularly followed Ryder Carroll, so I was pleasantly surprised how much his own line of thinking and approach to life mirrors my own conclusions. Even old hands at Bullet Journal will love this. If you are new, it could be life changing for you. Or maybe it won’t be. Who knows? You find what you need at the right times in your life and I’m going to remember every bit in my BuJos.
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  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    Not what I expectedThis book seems to be more about the author’s philosophy than the deeper dive into methods that I expected. The book actually convinced me to go back to pure digital. Still, congrats on the entrepreneurial effort. A lot of people really enjoy their BuJo. It’s good to see the creator getting a commercial benefit.
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  • Alicia Ma
    January 1, 1970
    Bullet Journaling Changed My Life
  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    I did not expect to enjoy this book this much. This is a primer on mindfulness, intentionality, and goal-setting, combined with a note-taking and journaling method. Highly recommended.
  • Kit
    January 1, 1970
    Even, one might say especially, for an experienced bullet journalist, this was a helpful read.
  • Sean
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent book for those just starting out with bullet journalling and surprising, to me at least, filled with great advice throughout. Really enjoyed this one.
  • Tristan Stewart
    January 1, 1970
    Bloody brilliant. Finished it in a day. Way more than just a guide on how to use a bullet journal. Really useful life hacks and lots on how the human brain works.
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