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The Bullet Journal Method
The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future | Ryder Carroll
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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.
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Luv2readbookz
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Pickpick

I‘ve been following different bullet journalers for a few years. I know I don‘t have the discipline to start and maintain one- but I still thought some of his ideas were beneficial and would work in my Hobonichi Techo (which I absolutely love using) 😉

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kezzlou85
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Just thought I'd share my bujo page for #Scareathlon. Plus had to use some of my new washi tape. #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

SamanthaMarie That is super fun!!! 1mo
kezzlou85 @SamanthaMarie thank you. 1mo
Clwojick 😍😍😍😍😍Love it!! 1mo
kezzlou85 @Clwojick aww thank you 1mo
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Inazea
Panpan

If you're looking for a book on bullet journaling - this is not it. Bullet journaling in its basic form as described in the book is no new concept and yet the book makes it sound like it is a groundbreaking method Ryder Carroll himself invented. To me the book felt like a mixture of 75% unrelated stories, 15% generic self help ideas you nowadays find on every website and 10% VERY basic journaling stuff and nothing new (like how to make a list...)

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TheEllieMo
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Some of my friends swear by their bullet #Journal, saying it‘s helped them get organised. I‘m so disorganised, I haven‘t even managed to find the time to even understand what it means🙄

#SelfImprovementSept
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@OriginalCyn620

DivineDiana I bought all the supplies, and there it sits and sits and sits. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
marleed I wanted to Bullet Journal my books as a touchy feely way to account for the books I read but may not physically own. I was afraid I get behind on pages so I‘m BJ‘ing with index cards. Now I‘m on the lookout for an old library drawer to house them! 2mo
Whimsical.Curiosity @DivineDiana same. Wishful thinking I guess 🤣 2mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😂 2mo
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FireproofBunny

Few things are more distracting than the cruel stores we tell ourselves

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Amandajoy
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Anyone use a bullet journal? What do you think? I‘ve always had a paper planner but I‘m thinking of trying this. I‘ve dismissed this in the past because it always looked too fancy & complicated and know that will stop me from using it.

Varshitha I love it,, mostly because it can be designed however you want.. I was intimidated by all the colorfull bujo posts as well but finally came up with the layouts that actually work for me .. 4mo
parttimedomestic I've been bullet journaling for 3 years or so. I agree it can be intimidating, but start simple and small and find what layouts work for you. It is more of a time investment than a regular planner, but I think it's worth it because I can integrate my day to day planner with my book log and garden calendar and I love having everything in the same journal and format! 4mo
Megabooks A lot of ppl on here use them. I think the hashtag is #bujo. 4mo
Amandajoy @Varshitha @parttimedomestic @Megabooks I finished the book & think I‘m going to try it. The spreads get super intimidating once you go down the rabbit hole on the internet & I don‘t have the time. I‘ve decided to start super basic for the first few months to see how I like the concept. 4mo
Clwojick I love my bujo. check out the posts under this book. 4mo
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Krisjericho
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Mehso-so

Parts of this were good. Your bullet journal doesn‘t have to be fancy, or pretty, or exactly the same all the time. But it‘s much too long and way too focused on being a self-help book rather than an instruction manual with practical tips. I‘ll probably just continuing doing what I was doing - taking the parts of the bullet journal that work for me and using them in my regular old pen and ink planner.

Kempfme I‘ve been using a combination of Bullet Journal and the GTD method. 4mo
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PedestalNix
Mehso-so

The information was good, but the book could have been cut by 50-75% without losing anything important. I don't need inspirational stories of other people succeeding with this journaling method, I need practical advice for how to succeed with it myself. The book does have plenty of that, but unless you feel you need a book-length intro to productivity techniques, just read the Bullet Journal website and you'll get the gist of it.

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Heideschrampf
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Sarah83 Looks so pretty 💕 6mo
Megabooks Cute! 6mo
Erofan 😍 6mo
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bookseller_cate
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My Face When:

A Calgary writers‘ conference asks me to give a presentation on Bullet Journaling.

So excited. I‘m a total BuvanJelical.

I get a projector for slides and everything!

The conference is When Words Collide and is awesome. It takes place every August. Would love to meet local Littens there. ❤️📚 #yyc #yycbooks

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds awesome!! 7mo
bookseller_cate @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks! I‘m so excited! 📚😊 7mo
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KarynGood Congrats! Have heard good things about When Words Collide! 7mo
valeriegeary Bujo changed my life! So did Christian Bale. 😄😋 7mo
LauraJ Very happy for you! Bujo keeps me going at work. Maybe you could offer up some tips here too for those getting into the habit. 7mo
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shmreads
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Moony
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"Goals give us an opportunity to define our wishes precisely." (p. 171)

The quote fits to #24B4Monday challenge. Today I have read two and a half hours and one hour yesterday. It does not come close to the goal, but shows my desire to read more.

#qoute #bulletjournal

Andrew65 A great quote. Well done on the time you have achieved. 👏 (edited) 9mo
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Moony
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I love the little graphics in the book. (p 156)

#24B4Monday #nonfiction #bulletjournal

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RowReads1
Panpan

Check this one out at the library. I‘d return it if I could. It‘s more self-help less journal set up. He talks about himself a lot. Bullet journaling started long before you were born, buddy! 😒

bookseller_cate I actually found Ryder‘s book quite helpful, especially the personal stories. But then, I did discover BuJo through him. Going into my second full year and loving it. 😊🎉 10mo
RowReads1 @duthie_yyc it‘s possible I‘ll still find some use out of it yet. I appreciate that he talks about how everybody‘s journaling style is going to be different. It‘s great you‘re loving it. 10mo
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RowReads1
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📝Last year I begrudgingly started a #bujo that didn‘t last very long, all the while asking myself: I‘m a major list maker; why aren‘t I loving this? I‘m starting fresh this year for habit tracking reasons, as well as starting school again after many years. #Bulletjournal

RachelAmphlett Oh, I‘m glad you posted this! I love lists, too (I have too much stuff going around in my head) but I couldn‘t get to grips with it! Maybe it‘s time I had another go... 10mo
Hestapleton I found how I use my BuJo varies on where I‘m at in life. In school, lots of lists, now it‘s a lot of monthly spreads, book things, notes, habit trackers, etc. More of a catch all. Use it how you need to! 10mo
RowReads1 @Hestapleton That‘s what I figured. I‘ll have more reasons to use it now. 10mo
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Bookartbookmarks
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Pickpick

Do you journal? I have always wanted to, but never started. Got this and let‘s say I‘m excited to start! @r

kezzlou85 I do but currently only to keep a record of what books I've read so far. Hoping to develop it more as the year goes on. 10mo
JazzFeathers I started journalling after joining Litsy because l got excited by all the fantastic bujos l've seen here. Now l love it. 10mo
tracey38 I used to and want to get back into it. 10mo
jpmcwisemorgan I‘m so afraid I‘ll mess it up or not be able to decide what I want to do that I just don‘t do it but I want to! Ahhhhh 10mo
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balletbookworm
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Mehso-so

Read mostly for “new year, new you” reasons and customers keep asking if they should buy it. Definitely a Your Mileage May Vary Book ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . It was too prescriptive for my taste; watching some tutorials, reading Rachel Wilkerson Miller‘s Dot Journaling Book, and some googling for layouts was really all I needed to decide what parts would benefit me the most. But some people may need more explanations/instructions.

balletbookworm And there‘re also some not-great jokes. Like, it one point early on he mentions mindfulness then makes a joke about sitars. 😒 10mo
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CocoReads
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Look what just came to my door!

JacqMac Ooo How is it? I‘d love to get mine better organized. 10mo
CocoReads @JacqMac I haven‘t started it yet. But the library class I went to last week used it as their reference and tinyrayofsunshine.com is doing a year long book club on it on instagram and Facebook. 10mo
JacqMac @CocoReads Thanks! I‘m going to go look. 10mo
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CocoReads
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Yesterday was a banner day, after getting called into work, I managed not one, but 2 library trips. One to my usual branch to pick up my holds and then in the evening I went to the south side branch for a class on bullet journaling. It was informative and more in depth than I thought but I‘m excited to give it a try.

Jenken1998 Nice. I was at my library yesterday and parking was scarce..found out it was bc they were hosting a barbershop quartet.. they were actually very impressive..and i was totally the youngest person there. 😁 10mo
wanderinglynn Wow! That looks really helpful! 👍🏻 I just got a bullet journal too & am excited to start using it. 10mo
DivineDiana I bought one last year and am hesitant to begin. Some directions would be very helpful! 10mo
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CocoReads @divinediana most of these came from a you tube tutorial and this particular sheet was done by ....I forget now but it‘s a website. I‘ll look when I get home and let you know. 10mo
CocoReads @JenniferDuffKennedy that happens to me too sometimes. When we went to see B.B. King a few years before he passed, we were both the youngest and whitest people there but we had a great time. 10mo
DivineDiana Thank you @CocoReads ! 10mo
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Devyn
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I hadn‘t planned for one of my resolutions to be posting to social media MORE, but here it is. Litsy is one of the few apps on my phone that I legitimately enjoy my time on and it‘s time to spend a bit more time on my reading life.

Here‘s to a 2019 filled with books and Litsy-ing!

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kgriffith
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Bullet journalers, what reading spreads do you love? I‘m organizing and shelving my library (~1,200 volumes) over winter break and am going to prioritize owned TBR titles, and keep track of them here. Anything that gets bumped ahead of these will have to have a compelling reason, like a series title I‘ve been waiting on, or I could get it from Scribd and need an audiobook. #bujo

kgriffith (And yes, this is a modified Passion Planner page — I‘m still working out how and where I want to track which and what) 11mo
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Moony
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My bullet journal notebooks. @Viji asked about #bulletjournal #notebook #bujo

Viji Thanks @Moony 😊 11mo
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Spooks101
Pickpick

The bullet journal method is an excellent and highly adaptive life-organising methodology. This book, provides not only the basics required for beginners to make use of it, but also a extensive collection of hints and tips for veterans in expanding the use of their own Bullet Journals. Highly recommended.

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Moony
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I love this book. In the first chapters Carroll explains, why writing is so important for us. Why it is helpful to write diaries as example. This is one of my favorite themes and I read some other books about it, too. #diary #nonfiction #BuJo #BulletJournal

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RiaWritten
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I finally made a book spread and filled it in from my list I was keeping somewhere else. I love it so much. :D

Bookzombie So cute! 12mo
Karkar Very nice! 12mo
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RiaWritten
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I‘ve started bullet journaling! It‘s really fun. But now I just want to make a million different spreads even though I should probably pace myself.

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Theadp
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Digging in while waiting for Ralph Breaks the Internet to start.

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Moony
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New book in! I love bulletjournals and have one for work since two years. I'm very excited about the book by Ryder Carroll, who make it up. #bulletjournal #BuJo #nonFiction

Buechersuechtling Bewundernswert. Ich weiß nicht, ob ich das auf der Arbeit hinkriegen würde, meine Aufgaben mit einem Bullet Journal zu organisieren. Ich rede mich vor mir selbst immer mit logistischen Schwierigkeiten raus, aber wahrscheinlich ist es hauptsächlich eine Gewohnheitssache. 12mo
Buechersuechtling Ich bin gespannt auf deine „fachliche“ Einschätzung und freue mich schon auf viele Posts dazu. 12mo
yourfavouritemixtape I love Bullet Journaling. I have one for work and a private one and it‘s so helpful! 12mo
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BookishlyPleasant
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Recieved my copy in the mail today!! Can't wait to read it!!

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Spooks101
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"You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do, say and think."

Marcus Aurelius