The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future ハードカバー – 2018/10/23
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New York Times bestseller! The long-awaited 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.
"Like to-do lists? Then you'll love The Bullet Journal Method" - Jeff Haden, Inc.
“Ryder has done an extraordinary job in sharing a comprehensive and hands-on methodology to implement the powerful practice of externalizing our thinking. This book is a great treatise and manual for freeing and directing our consciousness, with lots of tips about how to play in that big and wonderful game.” —David Allen, author of Getting Things Done
"Bullet journaling is one of the most elegant and effective productivity systems I've ever encountered. It will not only help you get more organized but will also help you become a better person. I highly recommend this book (and the method it details) for anyone looking to get more out of life." —Cal Newport, author of Deep Work
"Whether you are an avid journaler or have always wanted to explore the benefits of journaling, The Bullet Journal Method simplifies the power of putting pen to paper and will undoubtedly transform your life, in more ways than you can imagine.” —Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning
Of course this book covers how to keep journals in the BuJo style, but how BuJo works is not the main thrust of the book. BuJo is a simple journaling system that can be explained quickly, and several concepts may be already familiar for those already using some kind of planners (e.g., future log is similar writing down commitment on the calendar page of a planner). You can probably pick those up more easily from Carroll's web site, bulletjournal.com, because video tutorials give you more tangible outcome to follow than text description in this book.
But why so many people find BuJo inspiring and make their lives more organized and give them more clarity? Carroll points out two unique aspects of the BuJo: notebook and handwriting, and those two are the features, not the bugs. There're way many more productivity digital apps out there that arguably can do more than BuJo. Carroll does not spend much time comparing BuJo with other journaling or productivity methods (for those who are familiar with Getting Things Done, you will also see some of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity collect in BuJo's mental inventory), but I wish he could say something stronger - yes, it's a deliberate choice to use paper notebook and handwriting, and digital tools, which are more convenient and offer powerful search, backup, sync across devices, mobile, collaborate functions, can not compete with BuJo because BuJo is so SLOW to keep. Turning an empty notebook page into something useful is slow (filling blank on a pre-defined app is fast), hand writing notes is slow (typing is way fast), but it's the slowness that forces BuJo users to think, to reflect, to plan, and to meditate, and that's what makes BuJo works.
At that point I invested in a notebook and started to "Bullet Journal" as I understood it. It worked but I was sure there was more to it than I was getting out of it. I loved the flexibility and creativity of what I was doing. So I signed up for the author's website and he sent me the first two chapters to read. I was hooked. I am currently still working my way through the book but I have learned enough to know that I am not getting the full functionality and intention out of it. I have begun to realize reading this book that I have lost of myself and the dreams I once had. Which is why I would recommend this book to everyone I know.
I am already a stationary geek and love the feel of a pen on paper. I have ordered a new journal and am determined to give the original method due diligence to get the most out of life. The book is very attractive with the black and gold and a great size to carry around. There are a lot of real life instances of how bullet journals have helped others, including the author. If you are really visual, there are great diagrams to follow. And as others have stated, it works with you no matter where you are at. Or at least it seems to overall.
Now, I'm not a fanatic who writes down every detail of my life, nor a scrap-booker who wants to artistically embellish every page, but I've been keeping a Bullet Journal since I first read about it in the Wall Street Journal, and have wanted more explanation and more examples.
If you're thinking about buying this book, a partial glance (definitely not everything) at the Table of Contents may be helpful:
*Part I--The preparation
*Decluttering Your Mind * Notebooks * Handwriting
*Part II--The System
*Topics and pagination * Bullets * Signifiers and custom bullets * Collections (Daily Log, Monthly Log, Future Log, The Index) * Migration * Set-up
*Part III: The Practice
*Small steps * Gratitude * Endurance * Imperfection
*Part IV: The Art
*Custom collections * Design * Planning * Lists * Schedules * Trackers * Customization * Community
*Part V: The End
*The correct way to Bullet Journal * Frequently asked questions