ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ryder Carroll is a digital product designer born in Vienna, Austria. He is a New York Times’ bestselling author. His clients include Adidas, Cisco, Forbes, and IBM, among others. He is also the co-founder of Paintapic.
Ryder Carroll is best known for creating the Bullet Journal method. This method gained widespread popularity on social media.
Ryder Carroll has divided the book, The Bullet Journal Method, into five parts. These sections give readers valuable insights on bullet journals, how to follow this system, how to incorporate it into their lives, and the art of following through. Carroll further expounds on the importance of having reminders, habit trackers, to-do lists, and a journal. The Bullet Journal Method is a step-by-step guide on how to create your own bullet journal. It also contains real-life stories of some of the people who have benefited from adopting this method.
WHAT WE LIKED ABOUT THE BULLET JOURNAL METHOD: TRACK YOUR PAST, ORDER YOUR PRESENT, AND DESIGN YOUR FUTURE
Authors in the self-help genre usually put forth their ideas on how any system they introduce will work. It is only after this that they delve into the details. However, The Bullet Journal Method is quite the opposite – Ryder Carroll has initially explained the system and then explained how this bullet journal can help us. This approach helps readers get a clearer idea about the benefits of the Bullet Journal method.
Throughout the book, the author emphasizes flexibility. This allows users to create their own version of the Bullet Journal. The author’s approach focuses on the purpose behind every task. This helps readers align their actions with their goals.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER ABOUT THE BULLET JOURNAL METHOD: TRACK YOUR PAST, ORDER YOUR PRESENT, AND DESIGN YOUR FUTURE
While Ryder Carroll has provided illustrations, The Bullet Journal Method could have done with a few more of those for a clearer understanding. The number of techniques presented throughout the book may overwhelm people looking to get started with this method.
In a cut-and-paste world that celebrates speed, we often mistake convenience for efficiency. When we take shortcuts, we forfeit opportunities to slow down and think. Writing by hand, as nostalgic and antiquated as it may seem, allows us to reclaim that opportunity. As we craft our letters, we automatically start filtering the signal from the noise. True efficiency is not about speed; it’s about spending more time with what truly matters.
Every action is a step up from where you were. It doesn’t matter how small the steps are, or if you stumble along the way. What matters is that you continue to step up.
The Bullet Journal Method is an insightful and practical guide to personal organization and productivity. Carroll’s emphasis on mindfulness, flexibility, and purposeful goal-setting empowers readers to take control of their lives with a customizable, creative outlook. While a few more visuals could have made the book a lot more relatable, its core message of self-reflection clearly resonates with the majority. Whether you are new to journal-keeping or seeking to refine your organizational skills, this book is a valuable resource to unlock your full potential.
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