Book review of The bullet journal method by Ryder Caroll

The bullet journal method by Ryder Caroll, is one of the books that I wanted to read for a long time. If you know me, you know I am in love with bullet journaling and been doing it for almost 2 years this April. And hence this book was on my reading list for a very long time. I keep pushing off cause I am not a big fan of non-fiction. But when I read it I wish I started earlier.


Ryder Carroll is a digital product designer and inventor of the Bullet Journal. Yes, you heard it right. This book is right from the inventor of the trending productivity solution bullet journal. So it’s nonpareil. The bullet journal method is just “bujo101”. It covers the basics of bullet journalling, like index, daily log, monthly log future log, etc. And also goes into detail about the process and methods of bullet journaling.


The book is divide into 4 sections. The first section called ‘preparation’ gives an introduction to bullet journaling and the purpose. This chapter deals with the mindset part of bullet journaling, and the very basics like handwriting and notebooks to use. The second section deals with the basic spreads in a bullet journal, like the index, logs, key. And also deals with adding tasks, migration, rapid logging, etc.

The third section is a lot of life lessons. Not very related to bullet journaling,  but talks about using bullet journals to overcome our struggles and build a better life. To be honest this chapter was not quite exciting to me, especially because I am not a non-fiction reader. But there were a lot of precious gems and quotes. The last and final chapter ‘art’ covers the creative side of bullet journaling that is making custom collections, this section goes into detail about planning, creating, and effectively using custom collections. 

my thoughts

All throughout the book especially at the end, we get to read a lot of experiences from fellow bullet journalers. These stories show us how this bully journaling method has impacted a lot of people’s life. The story in the chapter ‘letter’ especially touched my heart. By the end of the book under the title community, we will learn about different ways in which people of the bullet journal community used their bullet journal and different custom collections they created. I loved that this book gives us the opportunity to learn about fellow journalers. Also, the q and a section at the very end of the book were very helpful to answer some common doubts, especially for bullet journal beginners. 

The main attraction of the book is the organization. The contents are well organized into four sections. With each section containing small chapters. I like how everything in this book is explained with an example. The use of symbols and sample spreads to explain ideas helped me to comprehend very easily. 

my bullet journal setup 2020

Most times we get lost in the beauty of the bullet journals and forget the ultimate purpose of productivity.  By reading this book, you will be grounded back to the basics of bullet journaling, and learn to use your bujo efficiently, than wasting time and effort for making it very pretty. It will help you connect to yourself and your creativity to make your bullet journal personal and intimate instead of just copying someone’s spread from Pinterest.

 This book has been my coffee buddy for almost 1.5 months now. One of my main goals for 2021 is to use bullet journals wisely and now I am trying to practice the things I learned reading this book into my bullet journal.  I believe that this book is a must-read for every bullet journal user and for anyone interested in trying out bullet journaling. 

to the moon and back, nidha

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