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The Bullet Journal Method

Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future
Written by: Ryder Carroll
Narrated by: Ryder Carroll
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Business & Money, Careers
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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.

*Includes a bonus PDF with visuals

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Ryder Carroll (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Good audible

If like me you were not sure that a bullet journal book was a good audible and you are contemplating reading vs listening rest assured that the 60 or so pages pdf that comes with the audible makes listening to the book a perfect experience and I don’t regret listening to the book vs reading it, the author’s own voice and the pdf are a perfect combination . Now that I have the big picture I will listen again to set up my own bullet journal.

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The best thing to happen to me this week

Just finished listening to The Bullet Journal Method. I got way more out of it than I thought I would.

I got the book because I'd heard of the technique and was curious. With the anxiety around the current pandemic situation and more, I've been wanting to renew my habit of journaling but couldn't figure out how to work it into my routine more than I already have (through other various methods of recording my life that I would not call journaling at all). I went into it wanting to sate my curiosity, thinking that it might be a technique/book I could recommend to others struggling with sorting out their lives, such as clients or my children. Instead, I have now started journaling again, in a way I've never thought to journal before--AND I LOVE IT. I'm so thankful I got that book on a whim on sale.

I didn't think Bullet journaling would add much value over my current systems. Boy, was I wrong. It's not going to make me more organized--I've already got those systems in place and working well. But it will help me focus more on what matters most to me and give me a written record of my journey, both of which are things I value a lot.

I still hope to impart the practice to others. I've already gotten so much out of it. I know others will, too.

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A quick listen and now to work through it, A simple practical accountability discipline. Thanks.

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Engaging tutorial read by author

I loved this book. It helped me put into focus why I bullet journal and what I was missing from my journaling.

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Accidentally Changed My Life

I got this book for free as a promotion that Audible was having.
My god, am I glad I got this book. When I was younger I use to do a simple for of bullet journaling without even realising it,. At that time I felt confident, in control of my time and my life. With Covid-19 happening, I had been feeling very out of control of pretty much every aspect of my life. This book has allowed me to gain and feel in control of the things, even if they are small things, in my life. There are so many additional resources I have found online to further this learning and self betterment. Ryder has an instructional youtube channel to help get you started. At first I started a very simple journal as he shows you to set up. It helps you get going in a managable way. There is so much room to grow with this method. There are endless videos and examples that are so creative for every method - from minimal to the most artistic and creative.
I am so excited.
Ryder gives you many personal experience examples of how this method developed and changed his life. It's a very digestible book as well. There is no preachyness, just facts.

Thank you so much for this book. I can not say enough about this book/method

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Good book

Highly recommend reading before starting to journal. Not to long, gets straight to the point and elaborates

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Very helpful note taking aystem

I have been looking for a new note taking system and I have found it.

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Inspirational

Not only has Ryder Carroll developed a super method for anyone to keep some order and balance in their life, he is generous in sharing and supporting people to adapt and revamp the method online. This additional assistance in the form of a book and audible book has been invaluable to this "mature dawg" to learn some new and valuable new tricks. Deep bow of gratitude, Ryder.

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Brilliant

This is the method I have been needing my whole life. I can finally be efficient and organized even with my ADHD.

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Great listen

Just started using the bullet journal and wanted to know the history behind it. Love the practicality it brings. Ryder Carroll's voice is made it easy to listen to. Genuine and to the point. Loved it.

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  • Monica M
  • 2019-01-25

For those who can't find the pdf

To find the PDF you need to either go to the audible site on your desktop. The PDF will be under other actions next to the title.

OR, if on mobile device, Go to mobile.audible.com.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap on Full Site.

Tap Library then My Books.

Tap PDF next to the audiobook.

Worked for me

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  • Samuel Tremblay
  • 2018-10-25

Excellent book with outstanding pleasing voice

I already bought the book but I've already saw many of the videos on YouTube from the author. This audio book is recorded by the author and his voice telling the story is just perfect. One of my best audio book in all aspect.

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  • CharCats
  • 2018-11-05

BuJo Changed the way I plan

I was introduced to the Bullet Journal (BuJo) on a FB group. I no longer remember exactly which one, but I ended up at Boho Berry with Kara. This is the ONLY planner system that I have been able to consistently use over a six-month time frame. In traditional planners I forced myself to use them until I just put them aside out of frustration. I’d start strong in January, determined to use it the entire year. My notes, tasks, appointments and other things I wanted to write in there did not fit into their little squares and columns. I don’t think the way standard planners are laid out. I ended up with sticky notes and loose papers which I later could not find or would spend long minutes searching through them trying to find what I was looking for.

I started my own BuJo in August 2017 and marvel that 16 months later I am STILL using Ryder's system. I was surprised, but should not have been, that Ryder has ADD. Well, I have ADHD and thus really relate to his problem solving process to come up with solutions to get him organized and keep up with his goals, tasks, ideas, etc. I also relate to how flexible the BuJo system is. It is what you need it to be. It is completely customizable within a simple structure that he explains in the book.

When this book was on pre-order, I made sure to snag my hard copy reservation. So now I have the physical book AND the audible version. Ryder is witty and interesting to listen to and thus you want to listen. I'm now on my second time through listening. You hear things a second time that maybe you missed the first. His narration style really makes this a joy and not a drudgery. After all, this is his own writing and he adds fitting inflection where it needs to be. I love the little aside stories he has included to really expand the point he is making, the verbal visual illustration. He has also made all the examples into a downloadable PDF so you have a visual reference (note: the PDF is 60+ pages so think before you tell it to ‘print’). But this really works for me as I am an audio/visual learner. I cannot just read a book. I end up skipping words (ADHD kicking in here) and missing the point or getting the wrong point. So hearing it and seeing it works well. Thus why I got the book and the audible, so I could basically follow along as he reads.

You could call this a 'how to' book, or even a 'self-help' book. Overall the BuJo is about a system of analog tools to help you process YOUR life. You don't need a fancy notebook to start. So with only a pen and a notebook, you can begin. This is the cheapest trial of a system I've ever seen. If it works for you, improves on reducing your stress and makes your days easier, then it's a win! If not, well, you've spent at most $2 at the Dollar Store and a few months trying it out. Ryder says to give it 2-3 months. I would suggest you go four or more and then take a good look back through what you've done. This should be a full notebook if you've used it for its full potential as Ryder describes. Then you can truly evaluate it against other systems and whether it's worth continuing or not. We have been told it takes 21 days to develop a habit, but it really takes more than two months. So four or so months will get you past the 'oh I forgot about my BuJo' and get the habit of using it. It took me 6 months to really expand it and use it more than just a calendar and list of to-do items. Everyone is different.

Overall I really enjoyed listening. Ryder has a great voice and uses interesting inflection which makes listening more akin to conversation, not being read to. I also highly praise the system he is teaching here. It has made a huge difference in my life as each BuJo is personal to you and your needs. In our massive world of choices, this system really helps us dial down the noise and focus.

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  • J. Hale
  • 2018-11-22

Surprisingly deep book

The methods described in this appear useful and I look forward to implementing them. what surprised me was the profound lessons that were included in the book.

I haven't figured out how to access the bonus PDF though.

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  • Donna Deal
  • 2019-06-06

This is not simply a 'how to bullet journal..'

This is an invitation to what is called 'an examined life.' The bullet journal is just an instrument to begin a life of reflection,
of 'big picture' living, of moving from the past into a blessed future. This narration is wonderfully soothing and relate-able, full of real life stories and examples. I am retiring in 2 weeks and plan to bullet journal into my new life.

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  • Gerald Verno
  • 2018-10-30

Inspirational!!

This book is amazing!! This method is perfect for the modern age!! They should be teaching this to every school child! If you are having a hard time keeping up with information overload or are just looking to move your life ahead, this is the book for you!!

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  • Salesdog
  • 2018-10-31

LOVED THE BOOK EXCEPT...

i could never find the bonus pdf Ryder kept referring to. i will keep looking.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-01

loved it, starting 2020 with a bujo BY THE BOOK :)

I've been following the Bullet Journal movement for a couple of years now, started a crafts (knitting, crochet, quilting) bujo that was honestly more than a little beyond my depth with all of the artsy color-coordinated charts to track habits and progress that I was NOT prepared to commit to in 2019, lol. I decided to go back to the beginning and ease into more elaborate collections later, and this book was so much better than the How-To guide I was expecting. It has the How-To in there, don't get me wrong. But it's also just great advice whether you bujo or no.

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  • Frassy
  • 2019-08-02

Hard to follow along without the hard copy

I love Ryder's voice. I loved his anecdotes. But with every chapter I felt like I needed to see what he was saying. I needed to read it and create examples of it on paper. That said. I am purchasing the hard copy to use as a future reference.

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  • Sheryl Oski
  • 2018-11-24

Like talking with a friend about life

I have listened to the audio book twice now. It’s less about planning a day and far more about living a richer life. And his voice is so calm and relaxing. Listening is like a friend sitting with you and talking about life. I also read along in the hardcopy so i could mark it up, and stop and reread a particularly meaningful paragraph. Then I took notes. Twice. It really “sings” to me.

Thank you, Ryder, for this gift.

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  • Louis Pollet
  • 2019-09-12

Not what I expected

Nice enough walk-through of the bujo method I was eager to discover, and Ryder does a good job of this audio version. But a lot of the book lost me in rather non-bujo-related self-help stuff that isn't really what I'd picked up the book for. And in the end I didn't feel the audio format was very well suited to demonstrating such a graphic method