Do you remember the Franklin Covey planners of the 1990s? How about the Dayrunner and Daytimer? In high school, I never left home without my Dayrunner! Like me, most of us are now in the habit of using our phone calendars to manage our time. Ironically with all the technological advances, paper planners are still a leading way to manage time. It’s a proven fact that the act of writing down plans and goals engage our brain more than typing the same events into our phones or computers.

One of the best ways to use technology and an analog system is by adopting the Bullet Journal plan. Using your phone calendar to sync events with family and friends is not something I want to part with. Using my Bullet Journal helps me to keep track of my daily lists, ideas, and plans while still using my phone calendar. In fact, this way of planning helps me to more efficiently use my computer, apps and phone calendar. Another thing I appreciate about this way of planning is that you only need a notebook and a pen.

Bullet Journals are described by their creator, Ryder Carrol, as a way to track to the past, order the present, and design the future. Since 2015 Mr. Carrol has been sharing this process of organizing to the masses through this youtube video. He now has a huge following, just google bullet journal and you will get thousands of examples of this method.

Ryder Carrol’s first book on this system is titled the Bullet Journal Method.

From the Publisher: 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.

Other titles you may be interested in:

The 365 Bullet Guide by Zennor Compton
The Bullet Journal for Beginners by Karen Lancaster

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