As a keen bullet journal (BuJo) enthusiast, I was extremely excited to get my hands on a copy of The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll from my friends at Cult Pens. I have been using a bullet journal since April 2016 and was keen to see what more there was to know about the methodology and thought process behind it.
Having watched Ryder Carroll’s YouTube videos and spent time on www.bulletjournal.com I already had a good grasp of the basics, which this book covers in really helpful detail.
One area that always fascinates me is the difference between the images you see on social media when compared to the original content. If you search #bulletjournal or #bujo online the journal pages you see will on first impression bear no resemblance to the concept described within this book.
However, once you dig a little deeper you will see that the system has been adapted time and time again, to meet the needs of each individual user. This is definitely one of the biggest attractions of the bullet journal. On Instagram, the #bulletjournal has been used 2.6 million times. This is a planning and journaling system which has captured the imagination of people from all over the world, in just about every circumstance imaginable.
The book describes the bullet journal as a cross between a planner, diary, notebook, to-do list and sketchbook. It’s this combination which allows the flexibility that its users have come to love.
The book starts with a really interesting introduction describing how Ryder came up with the system and the problems that it has helped him overcome.
There is then a step-by-step guide describing the basics of the bullet journal system and how to use it. Whilst I have been using a bullet journal for some time, I actually found it really helpful to have a recap of the key components. It also led me to reflect on how I use my BuJo and to consider some changes that I might wish to bring in.
Once you have successfully mastered the basics, the book leads you to consider your planning and journaling routine in more detail. There are lots of productivity tips and ideas for customising your bullet journal to meet your own specific needs.
Whether you are completely new to the idea of bullet journaling, or have been using the system for some time, I think you will find this book an interesting read.
It’s a useful guide for anyone who wants to plan and organise their life more effectively, whilst looking for an escape from the digital world.
18 October 2018