Author: Ryder Carroll
Release date: October 23rd, 2018
Pages: 320 (Hardcover)
My rating: ★★★★★
Welcome to this review of The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll. Many of you have asked me what I think of this book, and most importantly, if it’s worth buying for those of us who have been using the Bullet Journal system for a while now, or if it’s more of a guide for beginners.
I will try to answer this question here, and more, so keep on reading!
The Collector’s Set
I decided to buy the Collector’s Set after having done a simple calculation in my head: the book with the notebook was cheaper than buying the book alone and another separate notebook eventually. Basically, the notebook was cheaper whilst in the Collector’s Set and since I would sooner or later need a new journal, I thought, Why not?
The exclusive edition of the Bullet Journal notebook is called “Stealth Edition”. The notebook is black, the edges of the pages are also black, it has three page markers and includes the pages explaining the system of the Bullet Journal.
I love it. I can’t wait to start using it (I will tell you when that is a little farther down).
The book The Bullet Journal Method
The simple act of pausing to write down the important minutia of one’s life goes far beyond simple organization. It has helped people reconnect with themselves and the things they care about.
Now, let’s talk about the book.
The book is divided into 5 parts:
The first part is the introduction: Carroll explains how he came to invent the Bullet Journal system.
The second part is the detailed explanation of the system: the author goes through the basics and the four core collections, which are the Index, the Future Log, the Monthly Log and the Daily Log.
The third part is called “The practice” and talks about the psychology behind the Bullet Journal method. Carroll talks about concepts, such as reflection and goal setting, then puts it into practice by giving example of how we can include those in our Bullet Journals.
The fourth part is about collections, other than the four core ones. Carroll explains how they can be customized and adapted to better fit our needs. He gives examples of popular collections in the Bullet Journal community, such as trackers and lists.
Finally, the fifth part is the conclusion. It includes pages made from well-known Bullet Journal users.
Review: Is it worth it for experienced Bullet Journalists?
The short answer is: yes!
The longer answer is: I loved this book. Ryder Carroll’s writing is simply perfect: he is intelligent and witty.
As a loyal user of the Bullet Journal since March of 2017, I can honestly say I have still learned some details about the system while reading this book. In Part II, when Carroll explains the methodology, even if I knew a lot of it, I still learned quite a few things.
I better understood the system, if I can say it that way. It made me truly realise why the system is the way it is, and it just opened my eyes to the ingenuity of it all and the infinite amount of possibilities it brings forth. I understand it better now, and I think it’s going to help me use it even better.
I also realised I had strayed a bit from the actual Bullet Journal philosophy, although my system does work for me. However, I’m thinking of going back to the basics eventually.
For example, Carroll strongly recommends starting a new Bullet Journal at the beginning of each new year, no matter if the old journal is not complete. Although it can feel a bit wasteful, he explains that starting anew is motivating and allows us to do some “cleaning up” in our tasks to do and our collections. If it’s not worth being migrated in the new journal, it’s probably not worth doing. A task that we’ve carried over for a few weeks or even months may not be so important. Eliminating it allows to focus on and put our efforts in other tasks that are actually important. That’s why I will be starting my new “Stealthy” Bullet Journal in January 2019.
The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that, sometimes, while reading the third part, I thought it was a bit long. I liked this “technical” part a bit less than the others. However, I did find it instructive and interesting: I just enjoyed the other parts a bit more.
I can say, at 100%, that this book is worth being read, as much by beginners than by those who have been using the Bullet Journal system for a while. For the newcomers, this book is ideal, since it allows you to start Bullet Journaling on the right foot and explains the system even better than the website.
For those, like me, who have been using the Bullet Journal for some time, don’t hesitate either! This book lets you go back to our Bullet Journal roots and reminds us why we fell in love with the method in the first place. It gives you a better understanding of the system and sends you on your way with new tips to be more organized.
So, for those who have also read The Bullet Journal Method, do you agree with my review? For those who have not read it yet, did I convince you? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time!