The Bullet Journal Method: Review

The Bullet Journal Method: Review

Back in 2013, Ryder Carroll released the first video about the Bullet Journal.

Since then, millions of people all over the world adopted this method, making it a mainstream phenomenon. In October 2018, the book, The Bullet Journal Method, was published.

Personally, I started bullet journaling back in 2015 and it helped me so much staying organized and ready for the day, thanks to Ryder’s insightful teaching, and as you can imagine I was incredibly excited when Ryder Carroll announced he was writing a whole book about it and formalising the process.

But let’s take a look at the definition of Bullet Journal first.

What is Bullet Journal?

Bullet Journal is a methodology or, as its creator Ryder Carroll says, "a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity system". The ultimate goal of this method is to help people live intentional, productive and meaningful lives.

The Bullet Journal Method will help you 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.

(Source: The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll)

How the book is structured

The book has a peculiar Index, which is structured more like a table of content than a regular book summary, giving a great example of one of the core elements of a bullet journal. Another great touch is the presence of handwritten sample pages inside the book, giving you the feeling of having an actual journal page in front of you.

The book is divided into 5 parts.

  • The first one is an introduction to this method and the why behind it, while the second part contains all the technical aspects of bullet journaling in a detailed way.

  • Part 3 dives deep into the mindfulness side of bullet journaling as the author talks about daily practice, small steps, gratitude and so much more. This part of the book can be seen as an extension of Ryder Carroll's TED Talk.

  • Part 4 is all about the community and its contribution to this phenomenon along the years. It also contains examples and best practices that will help you to understand how to personalize the method (and your journal) making it fit your needs.

  • Part 5 wraps the book up with practical advice to bullet journal in your daily life and an additional Q&A section.

Lessons learned

While I already knew the basics of the Bullet Journal as a mindfulness and productivity practice, I still found the book incredibly relevant and useful. It allowed me to dig deeper in myself and explore the why around what I do and how I do it.

Also, if you’re like me and you’ve watched tons and tons of bullet journal videos during the years, you’d realize, reading the book, that the original method is much simpler than what you’ve seen on the internet.

People tend to create intricate and beautiful journal pages and share them online because they are both useful and functional, but the truth is that you can stick with the original practice and still get so much value from it without having to transform your journal in a work of art.

Who I’d recommend it for

That said, I’d recommend this book to everyone, honestly. Whether you’ve never heard of the Bullet Journal before or you’ve seen all-the-videos online. I feel like everyone would still get much value from the book.

Also, The Bullet Journal Method is the perfect desk companion because, thanks to the way it's structured, it can be quickly referenced back any time. Remember to check out our list of 10 YouTube channels to follow for Bullet Journal beginners, you’ll find this a great supplement to the book.

My BOOK SCORE: 10/10

Additional Resources

Where to get the book

  • The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll (US/UK - Amazon)

  • The Bullet Journal official website: here

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