BOOK REVIEW: The Bullet Journal Method
by Ryder Carroll
ABOUT THE BOOKS (from Amazon):
There’s a reason this system for time management, goal setting, and intentional living has been adopted by millions around the globe: it works. Not only will you get more done, but you’ll get the right things done. All you need is a pen, paper, and five spare minutes a day.
In The Bullet Journal Method, Ryder Carroll, the system’s founder, provides an essential guide to avoiding all-too-common beginner mistakes and building a core discipline from which you can personalize your practice. You’ll not only learn to organize your tasks, but to focus your time and energy in pursuit of what’s truly meaningful to you by following three simple steps:
* Track the past. Create a clear and comprehensive record of your thoughts.
* Order the present. Find daily calm and clarity 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.
Whether you’re a frustrated list maker, an overwhelmed multitasker, or a creative who needs some structure, The Bullet Journal Method will help you go from passenger to pilot of your own life.
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I didn’t really know much about bullet journaling before reading this book other than the fact that it looks fairly intimidating. It seems like everyone who practices bullet journaling is very artistic and has fancy lettering skills. Which I do not.
I already keep a journal and am a fairly productive person. I practice GTD and use Todoist to stay organized. But I recently realized I had been adding “to-dos” to my list and then letting that list grow and grow to the point it was getting out of hand. I wasn’t taking the proper steps to reflect on my list and make changes based on what was working and what (clearly!) wasn’t. My system needed a reboot, so I started reading The Bullet Journal Method.
The “BuJo” method is a little complicated, but the author takes you through it step-by-step so you learn a piece at a time and then can put it all together. I’m not 100% sure I’m doing it right, but what I’ve started doing is working for me. It’s helped me get re-focused. And it has reminded me about the importance of time blocking which I have reincorporated into my daily routine.
If you want to start journaling (or learn a new journaling method), get more organized, and learn how to train yourself to focus on the most important things you need to do, I highly recommend this book.