The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

Book Review: The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the FutureThe Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ryder Carroll, the creator of the famous Bullet Journal style of keeping an analogue journal/to-do list combo, has created this new book as a companion to his website www.bulletjournal.com. This book is a fantastic manual for using a Bullet Journal for getting and staying organized.

“Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future”

This book is a deep dive into the Bullet Journal system. From how to set up your journal, to how to make it your own. Everyone is different and this book shows you how to take each element and turn it into something useful for YOU. I started using this system for my own analogue journal many years ago, so I wasn’t sure that this book would be very useful to me. I was happily surprised to find that it was, in fact, a very useful resource for me.  It gave me some great tips and reminders of BuJo systems that didn’t work for me when I first started bullet journaling. This book has encouraged me to re-incorporate these systems in new ways.

When I first started bullet journaling, I continued using the colour-coded key that I had been accustomed to using. I separated tasks and notes by person in my family (each of us gets our own colour) and areas of my life (one colour for work, hobbies, household etc.) I’m a visual person so the colour coding really works for me. But reading The Bullet Journal Method has reminded me of the ways that the original Bullet Journal Key can be used to hone in on tasks that need more focus vs. items that are just notes. The BuJo Key helps my visual brain sort out the items on my daily pages at a glance. It’s less a block of text or a straight to-do list, and more of a visual pattern helping me sort through my day at a glance. I love it!

It’s been a few weeks and so far I’m happy with the changes I’ve made. I’m really looking forward to incorporating these new ideas into my BuJo when I set up my 2019 journal. I think that both newbies and seasoned bullet journalers will find this book helpful in improving the way their bullet journal works for them.


5 out of 5, if you’re a bullet journaler I recommend this book!


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