Book Review: The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

synopsis 

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.

my opinion

For the longest time I wanted to start a Bullet Journal but always found it too hard and time-consuming. On Instagram, you always see the most perfect curated spreads, beautiful illustrations of flowers, neat scatches of habit trackers and layouts and I always knew I wouldn’t have the time and patience to get to that level.

I’ve always been a very visual person though. I started journaling in second grade and am still very consistent with it. I couldn’t live without planners and lists. I am creating one for every single occasion and part of my life and I absolutely love it. It makes me feel organized and in control of things, even if I am not.

When I started reading The Bullet Journal Method, my biggest concern was how much it can help me and the planner inside of me even though I am not planning on starting a Bullet Journal of my own. After reading the first few pages, the answer was easy.

Even though the book tells you all about the basics of starting a Bullet Journal and gives you a perfect idea and plan on how to start your own, it also gives you so much more besides that. You can definitely practice the method in your own planner/notebook and it will work out perfectly fine. That was definitely the reason why I kept reading. I often heard that the Method changed lives and of course I was curious about that and hoped it will have the same effect on me.

I don’t know about you but I always found the different Bullets and Logs very complicated. At least they looked like that to me. But after reading The Bullet Journal Method I finally understood the whole Method and also the hype around it. But in fact, the different Bullets and Logs will not only make your planning so much easier and more effective and fast but will simplify your life as a whole.

Ryder Carroll is explaining everything very detailed and with a lot of insights which is so helpful. I honestly learned so so much while reading this book. About the Method, of course, but also about me and highlighted almost every page because every piece of it is so valuable.

Another thing I loved a lot is that the book wasn’t just about the theoretical aspect of the method. In between chapters were concepts explained on the basis of pictures. I am a very visual person, so seeing the concept come to life was amazing and it’s also so much easier to transfer the methods to your own Bullet Journal/Planner.

summary

This book is not only for people who want to start their own Bullet Journal. In my opinion, it is a book for everyone. A book for people who want to improve their planning skills, a book for people who are perfect planners but want to get a little bit more insight behind the various methods. Every step you need to take to become a better planner is visually explained and you will get an insight into different situations and people that inspired the method. No matter at which state you are with your planning right now, I am sure that The Bullet Journal Method will help you improve it even more and makes you get another perspective of the whole thing.

So, definitely a big recommendation!

 

my rating: 4/5 ★

 

Find all the details about The Bullet Journal Method on Goodreads and Amazon.

Picture Cover: Amazon ; Synopsis: Goodreads

 

*Thank you so much, Rowohlt Verlag for sending me a German copy!