How many of you keep a Bullet Journal? I don’t currently but the concept appeals to me. I first heard about Bullet Journaling on Youtube; can’t remember which of the many journalers I follow mentioned it. I just did a search on Youtube for “bullet journal” and it returned over 38,000 videos. And if you google the same you get over 34,000,000 hits. Quite the phenomenon.
It seems that Bullet Journaling is the brainchild of Ryder Carroll, and he has an excellent website describing his system. I’m not going to repeat it here, you can visit his website or Youtube or the millions of other blog posts about it. What I like about the system is the index, which I sometimes long for in my many journals, and the flexibility of the system, where some days you can write five pages and other days nothing at all. And it still all works.
Livescribe published an interview with Ryder Carroll in April of this year in which he discusses the system and the feedback he’s received. His system has had an especially positive effect on persons with learning disabilities and psychological disorders. At the heart, people respond to the method or they don’t; and he’s always open to people modifying his system to suit their unique needs.
At the end of the day, the big thing about the Bullet Journal is that it’s a series of methods so if a method doesn’t work for people, then I always advise not to use them. If they do work for them, great. And if there’s something they need the book to do, that it doesn’t, then they should go ahead and invent it. – Ryder Carroll
Doug Lane at Modern Stationer wrote a great article on how he learned to love paper again through this system.
…I find sitting down with my pen and notebook very relaxing. When I combine it with some music and perhaps even a Guinness, it is even better. It doesn’t feel like work. It feels like me getting my shit together. – Doug Lane
I would love to hear from you how you use this system, if you do, or if, like me, you would like to and are thinking about starting yet another journal to organize thoughts and dreams and tasks. Whatever system you use, have fun journaling the night away.
Ray Laskowitz said:
This is a new thing? It’s more-or-less how I took notes in college. 🙂 I thought you referring something my wife ran into while she was trying to plan a trip to Vietnam so I could see what happened. One Vietnamese travel agent was trying to sell her on his tour skills. He said in an email, that he would take us to Hue (It was shot to pieces during the war), where every “house has its own bullet hole.” But, that not what you meant is it? 🙂
Um no but that is definitely a kind of bullet journaling! I’m not sure how “new” this system is – just shows you everything old is new again.
Doug Lane said:
Thanks for the mention. One of the things I really like about Bullet Journal is that provides a lightweight framework that you can easily adapt to your needs. I also agree that there is nothing revolutionary here that people haven’t been doing for years. I honestly think that a lot of it is the time and care that Ryder put into his video. At the time I started doing it, I probably wouldn’t have take the time to come up with my own approach from scratch or read a lengthy methodology. Ryder did a great job of coming up with a good approach that works as is or as a bootstrap to something more customized.
You are welcome Doug. I really loved your article and am so glad you’ve fallen in love with paper again. 🙂 I agree with you, Ryder’s passion for this system really comes through in the website and video.
My OCD likes the idea, but I need more spacing. I do something similar, but on a split page, with the bullets to the left and the content to the right.
Just like you said in your post Planner Page Perfection, planner peace is different for everyone. I think one of the beauties of this system is how adaptable it is. Thanks for commenting!
I think I’ll give this a try. The idea of having another journal floating around is a little daunting, but I’m forever forgetting things and having trouble keeping organized, so it may be worth it. Plus, it gives me an excuse to go through my journal collection.
Yes Emi, I agree this system will keep everything organized. Good luck with it! And we never need an excuse to go through our journal collection!
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