Bullet Journal - Episode 035 - What is the Bullet Journal? ProductivityCast

035 What Is the Bullet Journal? How Does It Work? – ProductivityCast

Do you use paper for your productivity system? Do you use a digital system? Or, a hybrid productivity system? In this episode of ProductivityCast, we highlight the Bullet Journal, an all-paper productivity system developed by a productivity enthusiast, Ryder Carroll. It doesn’t matter what you use, you can learn a thing or two about your own productivity system when you look at how others “on the other side” use their systems to get more done.

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In this Cast | What is the Bullet Journal?

Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud

Francis Wade

Art Gelwicks

Show Notes | What is the Bullet Journal?

Resources we mention, including links to them will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.

Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal – Getting Started

Example of a Bullet Journal – Ryder Carroll – Image

More artistic version – Image

Dash Plus

Bullet Journal Companion (iOS)


MSFT OneNote

MSFT Office Lens (iOS) (Android)

Bullet Journal Resource Center

WTF is a Bullet Journal

Robert’s Rules of Order, 11th Edition

Raw Text Transcript | What is the Bullet Journal?

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  1. The question in my mind is this: “Where do I write a task I want to do a week from Thursday?” With the Day-Timer or Franklin Planner, you flip open to the two-page spread for that day. With the Bullet Journal, there are no pages dedicated to future days. The classic (and loose-leaf) planners of old made so much more sense.

    As was stated in the podcast, things may go well for a short period of time before it all comes crashing down.

    1. Good point, Frank! Ryder Carroll has the future log for such things, but it can get cluttered pretty easily if you have many items or changes.

      I’ve seen BuJo’ers use post-it notes for the ability to move those future tasks to a specific future time, then transpose them when that day arrives. It’s too cumbersome for me. But I see the appeal of managing it all on paper, if your life is suited to BuJo.

      Thanks for your perspective, as always! ??

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