Bullet Journal: Analog system for the digital age
Digital product designer Ryder Carroll invented the Bullet Journal years ago and didn't expect the concept to take off the way it did.
A Bullet Journal is, at its heart, a to-do system that's fast and easy. Carroll developed the concept in 2013, recorded a video on how to set up a Bullet Journal and was totally surprised by the response.
Turns out that what he calls "the analog system for the digital age" attracted thousands of fans, including planner fanatics, artists, mom bloggers, organizing mavens and corporate types. They have taken the method to heart and illustrated, stickered, painted and minimalized notebooks to fit their own needs.
Carroll freely shares his methods and blogs about how others are using Bullet Journals on his website, bulletjournal.com, and, although he eventually developed a Bullet Journal to sell, he's more of an evangelist for the system rather than a product huckster. He urges Bullet Journalists to use any notebook they prefer.
Apart from the Bullet Journal's usefulness as a planning tool listing tasks and events, he believes that keeping track of what you need to do enables you to focus, declutter and let go of tasks that aren't important. "It's the difference between being busy and being productive," he says on his website.
The analog system, because it's offline, also encourages mindfulness. It helps users understand not only what they need to do; but why. By clarifying this, they can spend their time on the work that really matters.