The Bullet Journal Method

The Bullet Journal Method, written by Ryder Carroll, was released on 23 October and is a fantastic book!  Let me back up a step, though.  Bullet Journaling.  I’ve been doing it for 13 months now, and it has been the best method of planning/journaling/drawing and you-name-it that I’ve ever tried.  Therefore, I’ve stuck with it.  It is a method of collecting my ideas and organizing my life that was recommended to me by my psychiatrist (if you follow my blog at all, he recommends a lot of great things that are very useful, and I regard him highly as a brilliant man who cares deeply for his patients’ well-being and regularly goes out of his way to ensure that they have every tool imaginable available to that end).  The Bullet Journal proper is published by Leuchtterm 1917 in Germany and Ryder Carroll included some instructions and minimal formatting in the journal itself.  The minimal part is key because the entire point of Bullet Journaling, or BuJo for short, is flexibility, speed, and weeding out the distractions in our lives.  If it isn’t worth your time, it won’t be in your BuJo long at all, provided that you are following the method outlined by the ADHD-plagued Mr. Carroll, who came up with what we now know as the BuJo method through much painful trial and error over many years.

Now, here’s something interesting.  I want to point this out because it goes to show that people with mental illnesses can be absolutely brilliant and outstanding people who can bring a solution to the world out of the depths of their own painful experiences in life.  Marsha Linehan, who has Borderline Personality Disorder, developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), the state-of-the-art treatment in modern times for Borderline Personality Disorder and those who suffer from extreme and intense emotional experiences.  Ryder Carroll, who suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), came up with Bullet Journaling, which is the most effective and flexible planning and organizing method I have ever known, and is growing ever more popular!  So many people use this method to organize their lives that communities of Bullet Journalers have sprung up and the BuJo serves any purpose that could possibly be in need of putting down on paper and recording the thoughts instead of allowing them to slip away or nag at you as a distraction.  It’s a method of organization that helps people reach their goals and become more productive in a personalized way!  All that without a computer or other digital device!  It’s all analog, meaning you have a notebook and a pen and your brain.  In this chaotic and wide world of technology, we need to just slow down and think a little bit!  Bullet Journaling allows us to do that, and to keep a record of our progress.  There is something that my Luddite self loves about pen and paper, too.  It has been proven in study after study that the act of actually writing something down on paper with a pen does a little something extra for your brain.  I believe that with all of my being because I have always preferred paper and pen over a computer, when available.  I even write with a fountain pen, which make the experience that much more enjoyable and special to me because my first civilian psychiatrist, whom I worked with for over 11 years, always wrote with a fountain pen.  Writing gives us roots…

All that said, I would highly recommend the book The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll.  There is a collector’s set being sold that includes both the book and a special edition Bullet Journal in a boxed-set configuration.  I would recommend that if you’re new to the whole process.  If you’re already familiar with BuJo or are an old hand at it, I would still recommend the book because it details some great exercises to do and other great ideas that I had never thought of using the BuJo method for.  The boxed set can be purchased on Amazon and if you go to http://www.bulletjournal.com, you will find all the information you need to order the book there, too, I believe.  If you’ve never found your groove with a system of organizing your life, try this out.  It becomes completely customized to your needs and will be one of the best things that ever happened to you!  Give it a go!  xlAZLevoSMO%tOQoT058NA

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