The Bullet Journal Method: Track Your Past, Order Your Present, Plan Your Future – Ryder Carroll

I kept on hearing about the wonders of the Bullet Journal so much that I decided to read the author take on The Bullet Journal. Even though journaling is very difficult thing to do for me but the contents of this book provides a new perspective about life and hence I would definitely recommend reading this book even if you belong to my category of people who do not keep journal.

The author has stated all the rules to be followed for writing Bullet Journal that I am not going to write about, I will write the words of wisdom that I like in this book.

  • Knowing where you are, begins with knowing who you are.
  • For our productivity, slowdown is that we’re paralyzed by information overload. As Daniel Levitin writes in The Organized Mind , information overload is worse for our focus than exhaustion or smoking marijuana.
  • Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others’ choices make us. —RICHIE NORTON
  • Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. —WILLIAM MORRIS
  • Journal writing is a voyage to the interior. —CHRISTINA BALDWIN
  • If our lives are oceans, then our days are waves; some big, some small. Your Bullet Journal is the shore, and it will be carved by both.
  • Productivity is about getting more done by working on fewer things.
  • Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. —ALLEN SAUNDERS
  • The significance of what we’re doing, or how we’re doing it, pales in comparison to why we’re doing it in the first place.
  • Being busy doesn’t necessarily mean we’re being productive.
  • You can’t make time, you can only take time.
  • To be sure, making bad decisions, no matter how smart or wise you are, is an unavoidable part of being human.
  • Reflection helps identify what nourishes you so you can make better decisions as you seed the next season of your life.
  • None of us can know with any true certainty what will make us happy. In fact, it turns out that we’re pretty lousy at guessing how something will make us feel, thanks to a phenomenon known as impact bias: “the tendency for people to overestimate the length or the intensity of future feeling states.”
  • The comedian Tim Minchin once quipped, “Happiness is like an orgasm: If you think about it too much, it will go away.”
  • In other words, happiness is the result of our actions directed toward other goals. If happiness is the result of our actions, then we need to stop asking ourselves how to be happy . Rather, we should be asking ourselves how to be .
  • It means that happiness itself can’t be the goal.
  • As Viktor Frankl put it, “Happiness cannot be pursued, it can only ensue.”
  • Goals give us the opportunity to define what we want.
  • Productivity is in large part a matter of consistency. Once you get it out of your head that you have to work at breakneck speed, you can focus on the process. Short of superhuman willpower, that’s the only way you’ll keep at it.
  • In the end it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s life in your years. —ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
  • When asked to describe his theory of relativity, Einstein (mercifully) paraphrased it like this: “When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity.”
  • If thoughts were cars, meditation helps us stand on the side of the road rather than getting stuck in traffic.
  • It’s within our power to be intentional about how we respond to the wildly creative problems the world, people, and even our emotions subject us to. No matter what happens in your life, no matter how bad things get, you’re never entirely at the mercy of your experience. There is always opportunity and freedom to be found in how we choose to act. It’s our obligation, then, to make the most of this freedom.
  • Mark Twain once wrote, “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.”
  • As the Dalai Lama once said: “If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can’t be solved, worrying will do no good.”
  • Cultivating our potential makes us more valuable to ourselves and to others, especially those closest to us.
  • We can find countless reasons to be hard on ourselves, especially if we are insecure, are sensitive, or breathe. We need to start trading in browbeating for the same clear-eyed, compassionate counsel that we’d offer to others.
  • Self-compassion can start by asking yourself a simple question: What would I tell a friend in this situation?
  • If you know the why, you can live any how. —FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
  • What stands in the way becomes the way. —MARCUS AURELIUS.
  • Life is full of dragons. The longer they live, the bigger they become, feeding off our misfortunes, resentments, and sense of helplessness. Stare them down. Look directly into their big, terrible eyes. There, you will see your own reflection. Our challenges are mirrors, exposing our vulnerabilities, insecurities, weaknesses, and fears. As hard as it may be, don’t turn away. See them, examine them, meet your fears with curiosity, and you will discover a way forward. It’s entirely possible that your courage will be rewarded with opportunities for personal or professional growth that would have been hidden from you otherwise.
  • As long as our hearts are beating, there is always opportunity.
  • I shall either find a way or make one. —HANNIBAL BARCA.
  • Failing to be perfect is one of our biggest sources of self-loathing.
    The big misconception is that the alternative to perfection is failure. Mercifully, life isn’t binary; it exists on a spectrum. On one side, we have the unattainable: perfection. On the opposite side, we find the unavoidable: chaos. All of the beauty that exists in the world hangs in the balance.
  • Embracing our imperfection puts the emphasis back where it should be: continual improvement. This mind-set turns By accepting that we can’t be perfect and that we will fail, we can get back to work.
  • As W. L. Sheldon purportedly wrote: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”
  • In other words, understanding why you feel compelled to do something will help you better define how to do something.

The author has glorified the purpose of keeping Bullet Journal in following words:

  • The Bullet Journal method’s mission is to help us become mindful about how we spend our two most valuable resources in life: our time and our energy.
  • A main focus of Bullet Journaling is to get better at hearing the world around us as well as the one within so we can begin to understand.
  • The Bullet Journal method helps facilitate your journey of self-discovery, to realize the agency you can have over your life. It all depends on your willingness to look past your limitations so that you may witness your potential. It’s a process of reclaiming responsibility for your experience by finding the courage to look within. There, in the chaos of it all, you’ll find, among the countless stars, those that shine forth the brightest. As you chart your course through the ever-unknown waters of tomorrow, you can take comfort in the certainty of knowing that, sink or swim, you dared.
  • BuJo puts you at the helm. You’ll learn how to stop reacting and start responding.

The book can be summarized in the following paragraph:

We have misguided notion that the “cure” to whatever ails us, the missing piece, exists outside of us. We live in a commoditized culture that convinces us that our solutions must be acquired; that something or someone will finally make us whole. Our search takes us ever farther away from ourselves. Though we can greatly benefit by keeping our minds and hearts open, ultimately we remain our own responsibility.