How to Bullet Journal

We keep track of things The things we’ve done The things we need to do The things we aspire to Theres a lot to keep track of There are plenty of apps for that, but I needed a system flexible enough to handle
whatever I threw at it. and fast enough so that it wouldn’t get in
the way Hi, I’m Ryder and this a brief updated overview
of the Bullet Journal It’s an analog system that I designed to track
the past organize the present and plan for the future Sound good? Okay, let me show you how to set it up. Though this overview features a custom notebook
design for Bulletjournaling… …the system works just as well in the notebook
of your choice. To get started, flip to your first blank spread This will be your index To set it up, simply title both pages as “Index” Now, let’s set up your Future Log To set it up, turn to the next blank spread Title both pages as “Future Log” There are many ways to set this up Here’s a simple six-month version. Count the amount of lines on your page. Now divide that number by three. With a ruler, draw a line across the spread. Add the months to each box. When you’re done, add the page numbers and
add the Future Log back into your index Ok, turn to your next blank spread This will be your monthly log. Add the name of the month on both pages. The left will be your Monthly Calendar. Write down all the dates of the month, then
add the first letter of the days. Okay, that’s the calendar. The right page is your monthly task list. Write down all the things you need to get
done this month. Before each task, draw a task bullet, which
is just a simple dot. Add the pages numbers, then add this month
back into your Index. The Monthly Log provides you with a birds-eye
view of everything you need to get done in a month, and the time you have to do it in. Okay, lets set up your Daily Log. Start by entering the day date. Now you can start adding entries. Entries are logged using short, bulleted sentences. Each entry goes into one of three categories:
tasks -indicated by a dot bullet. Events – indicated by a circle bullet, and Notes, indicated by
the dash bullet. If a task is really important, place a start
to left of it. This is known as a Signifier. Signifiers add extra meaning to bullets, in
this case, priority. This is known as Rapid Logging. It makes capturing and
organizing information really fast. Now we’ve set up all the core modules for
the Bullet Journal. The Index The Future Log The Monthly Log and the Daily Log Now I’ll show you how they all work together. At the end of each month, set up
your next Monthly Log. Scan your Daily Logs for open tasks. X out the ones you’ve completed. Now, take a moment and assess the remaining
open tasks. Ask yourself: is this still worth my time? If it’s not, strike it out. If it is worth you time in the short term,
turn that entrie’s task dot into a right arrow and copy the entries into the new monthly
log. If a task is due months from now, turn the
task dot into a left arrow and copy that entry into the corresponding month in the Future
Log. This process in known as Migration. Migration will help you weed out distractions. It’s designed to help you focus on things
worth your time. the difference between being busy and being
productive. Sometimes you’ll have related tasks and notes. To help organize related items, lets create
a collection. First, go to your next blank page. Give it a topic and number the pages. Now migrate all the notes and/or tasks into
that Collection. Now index that collection for reference later. Collections are a great way to organize shopping
lists, or ongoing projects, or classes. Ok! That’s it for the basic overview. For more tips and tricks, please visit Please like and subscribe to this channel. Thanks for watching!

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  • Me gusta Ryder carroll🌇

  • Why isn’t there a printed version of this?

  • I could spend an entire month just bullet journaling

  • This is like watching my procrastination draw itself.

  • Really wasted your 30s on the bird watching morty

  • 2:06 I'll prolly regret this later, but this is my first Bujo, so… pfffffft. I'm going to make a page filled with the symbols and meanings. I'll prolly add some of my own. I'll also add a list of pens so I can keep track of which pens work the best. [added as I'm creating mine: the asterisk with a circle around it = URGENT! That's different than important.]

    I just bot the Exceed A5 100gsm dot book. As of yesterday they just improved the quality of their paper so it's now better than most of the others for less than half the price. A Bujoer helped that company fix their product.

    Thank you for your Awesome!

  • I’ve come here, mid video, from Rowena Tsai!!

  • Bullet Journal:

    * work
    * pay bills
    * eat
    * sleep
    * repeat till death or suicide

  • What’s the difference between this and a daily planner?

  • This is a fucking terrible eay to live

  • Good💕

  • His journal like super effective sniper clean.. mine is more like ak45 goes full rampage

  • WOW. "……take a careful look…consider if something is worth your time. If not, cross it out.". Ryder—you crossed out : SEND A THANK YOU CARD. that says alot about you doesn't it? And although that may be who YOU are, please remove that as an example, because I work in a field where civility matters, and thank you notes can save a life.

  • So what’s the point of the calendar page?

  • This has helped me A LOT as a person with ADHD. Sure, I do forget about it sometimes and I'm still working on trying to be a bit more consistent with it,
    but it does help with my overall productivity and ability to remember important things, To-Do lists, ideas and brain farts.
    It gives me somewhere to drop things into at any point in the day that is organized enough for my brain to not have to think about too much.
    Side note: I realized how small your handwriting is compared to mine. I can't seem to fit those boxes with my cursive handwriting,
    I occupy more space so it doesn't look like a squiggly mess lol.

  • So task migrating is done monthly? Ive been doing it wrong.

  • Who’s watching this in 2019? Love the BUJO setup.

  • No entiendo, en el registro diario coloco lo que debo hacer en el día, o también lo que debo hacer para otros días, tipo, mañana tengo un examen, en el día de hoy coloco, examen de mañana, o espero a mañana para colocar: examen :v

  • Dude, you really confused me in your book. Like not a happy camper right now….I wanted to start creating one but all of a sudden after KEY CONCEPTS there's all these pages on "syntax", page topics, rapid journal ling. I'm like where do these fit into the larger structure of the book???

    I don't understand how much of this I'm supposed to remember and now I don't know what to write cause I haven't gotten past the index page, cause you haven't shown me how to do the other pages. It's all about detailed descriptions of style but no guidance on the structure. The Future log, how is that different than the monthly log, and the daily, log how does the STRUCTURE of the book interact before you start lecturing me on how to write sufficiently. "Pages need topics" What!! ! I just want to start trying to wrap my head around monthly, future logs, daily logs without writing the same thing in each one and having a journal full of redundancy. Are page topics the same as collections?? (they sound like it but you don't call them that!!!). ARRGGHHH. So frustrated, feel like wasted a Saturday trying to start a journal. Not impressed I actually paid money for you book.

  • On way to to give this a bad review. Yes, that is my attempt at a threat.

  • I’m getting this for a friend whose hobby is note taking .

  • An iPad App for your setup would be nice

  • currently writing my first one! kinda scared that it won't last long but also, so excited because i've heard many good things. one question though. after we write down the dates of the month, it's still quite empty. do you write down things right beside the dates/are you supposed to? and if you do, what do you write? because he told us to write the task on the right page but the empty space bothers me. thanks!

  • I create my bullet journal off of Amanda RachLee.

    If you don't know who she is, I highly, highly recommend.

  • In the daily log do you write down tasks you need to do that day or tasks you heard of / thought of / got that day?

  • I'm not sure I got it…

  • Aren’t daily logs and rapid logs the same thing? Just different names

  • i dont get the future log bit

  • I have ADD. I will start implementing this. I hope this works!

  • No one :

    Absolutely no soul :

    Ryder Carroll : * notes " a group of pug is called a grumble " *

  • Why would I write tasks in the Daily Log when i have the tasks in the monthly log? I can migrate the task with the keys from the monthly tasks to the next. And in the daily Log, i write what i have DONE this day, not what i need to do. So i can see too when I did the task.

  • I'm confused about the # of pages in and between each section as demonstrated. Whenever you say "next empty spread", sometimes you're jumping 3+ pages, until the actual next spread.
    You stated this is the 6-month version, yet dedicating 4 pages to the Future Log seems to indicate this is the 12-month version.

    Also, what in the Mother of Abe Lincoln's name would require 20 pages between each month? 20 pages, seriously? Now there are 10 * 2 of them; this is getting out of hand! In the video, the daily log for April starts at page 17. (allegedly taking up 10 of the 20-page gap)

    So following the pattern, we'll have something like this:

    Future Log: 1-4

    April: 7
    April Daily Log: 17
    May: 27
    Books to read Section: 29
    Retail Therapy Section: 30

    May: 31
    May Daily Log: 41
    June: 51
    Section 1: 52
    Section 2: 53

    July: 54
    July Daily Log: 64
    August: 74

    … And so on …

    I've exhausted myself. It's really difficult to understand the exact layout in terms of pages explained here, at least without purchasing the expensive and proprietary Bullet Journal notebook.

  • good video big help to me not a whole lot of unnecessary yapping right to it and easy to learn thank you for knowing what to do

  • I love this system!
    Going to favorite this and some of the other videos I can find about this subject and wait until I get to buy my bullet journal and perhaps my mind-journal.
    Thank you! I'm so grateful that I searched for this.

  • Can you start bullet journaling whenever or just at the beginning of the year? i want to start now but i can’t find a single video where someone has started later in the year

  • What pen is this?

  • Use a google calendar

  • Haha…..what? C:

  • Help!

    Idk where else to ask for advice, maybe someone will see this and can help.

    I love the bullet journal but it’s making me realize just how much stuff I can’t do in a day. And it keeps leaving me defeated. And it’s difficult to celebrate small victories seeing that as a whole not much was done.

    Any advice would be helpful, thanks!

  • I love it. Nice and simple.

  • The best overview of a BUJO by far! Great time investment in this video. Thanks a lot!

  • You can now spend more time drawing a calendar than doing any actual work. What's not to love?

  • this is so much simpler than all the fancy stuff all the youtubers are doing…thank you for inventing this!

  • I’m so confused.
    Bought the app. Going to keep at it. But this hurt my brain.

  • Señor Ryder, me encantas, y tu método también🍹🍹.quisiera tener un Esposo como tú💜💜 gracias Amor platónico.

  • You sound like a young Nicholas Cage.

  • This looks pretty crappy to be honest. It's just regular old bullet point to-do lists.

  • Have you ever had a brand new notebook and the pages just BEGGED for you to write something but you didn’t know what to write? This is why journaling became a thing. I honestly started looking into journaling for exactly this reason. I like to write stuff down. Even though I have an iPhone and iPad and a computer. It’s not the same as writing by hand. There’s something so satisfying about it.

  • Waste of time and afford.

  • If it’s something YOU created, how does the notebook “for bullet journaling” already exist?

  • Thank you.

  • What's on page 5 and 6?

  • Am i the only one confuse at the rapid log and daily log? how how are they suppose work together? Do u re-write the daily log or something else?

  • In my bullet journal, which you are able to see on my channel if u r interested or on my instagram (@createwithjamie), i use a lot of themes trackers and colour so really reigning myself back to the basics helps a lot so in future i can still personalise my bullet journalling whilst focusing on the core structure of it, bullet points. Thanks so much 😃

  • Started this almost a year ago, never have i been so organized on college. I legit now know the exact dates of exams and presentations, I can plan a lot easier and in a way can see time. I actually came back to recommend this video to a friend and feel like i should tell people how much this helped me. I changed a lot on how i bujo but started as explained in the video

  • How does he gather tasks and notes under section and put it at the same time in the days he needs to do those tasks? It's like writing 2 times each tasks and notes.

    And where does he manage the space for the differents sections AND the 'daily basis section'? I mean, he must put it one after the other, but when you have sections that have tasks and notes for multiple months, you should come back in the middle of the book.

    Or maybe, he puts sections at the end of the book.


  • I'm starting this for the new school year! I'm glad I found a bullet journal video in under 15 minutes.

  • Please what's the link between collections and months? I mean, do you still need to apply the signifiers method to tasks written in your collections?

    The collections definitely need to be paired with months right? Now, how to handle it thinking about the fact that the tasks in a given collection may not come from the same month, due to later addings.

  • Was it really necessary to make this stop motion-like

  • You know, they actually make planners. I don't understand why you're wasting time manually sectioning pages in a blank journal…

  • I see why you used low frames rate 😏 You told your story in the chapter of the sprints.

  • I love journaling, the simplest the better. What essential of journaling for me is the content and how I can allocate my anxiety of future to paper. Suddenly, all the actions I need to do which under spontaneous circumstance is scary (i have social anxiety) becomes easier because i have made decision before and the action is perceived as simply things to get done.

  • Démarche très intéressante et utile. Cela permet aussi de se détacher un peu des ordinateurs 🙂

  • Wonderful. Thank you. The information I’m struggling to find is how to adapt this system when you are the family manager. As a mom of two teens that don’t drive yet, I have my schedule, but their activities are also mine. I have to drive them there, then back. There’s also a lot of waiting and I’m trying to make use of that time. It’s just complicated when your time is yours and also two other people’s. I’d love guidance on good resources on applying this method to that family structure.

  • How fucking much of a boring person do you have to be to do this shit

  • The fact that this was a 4 min video but it felt like a 20 min video

  • Absolutely Amazing

  • Asannd I lost interest.

  • Why couldn't your stupid book have been this simple? Too much rambling. Don't buy a book by someone with ADD

  • What do you use for a key for appointment just a dot?

  • brief and useful

  • I'm afraid I'll spend so much time on the journal that I won't get anything else done.

  • The only reason this has ten million views is because of people having to watch it twenty or thirty times to remind them how they're supposed to use their bullet journal.

  • I was so afraid of that concept. Taht video made everything clear and now I can see the efficiency of the concept. Thanks a lot !

  • When you realise that these dotted journal were originally made for writing brail language

  • You just can’t beat the original!!

  • Excellent presentation! Thank you. Brisk and to the point. I just subscribed

  • This video is oddly satisfying

  • Love the idea, but he makes it a wee bit too complicated, and it's a wee bit too much that is not needed to do.
    Just keep a simple day-to-day journal (diary).
    Too many of you millennials like to fix stuff that isn't broke.

  • Thank you

  • IF I was able to do this, I would already be able to keep up with my responsabilities

  • lmao why did you copied the oher video, who was added 2 years before you… 😀

  • Check this out guys : The Journal Creator V2 is an online software system allowing you to create an unlimited number of journals and other low content books in just a few short minutes.

  • What if it's Monday and you have a task/event on Friday, where do you right it down? On your Monday Daily Log or on your Future Log?

  • Is it okay to interrupt a months daily log to add a collection?

  • Wow, that was great.I 'm gonna re-watch and set one up.

  • It's just a notebook/journal you damn insane zoomers holy crap.

  • Hi Ryder right now Litheraly speaking I satrt my bullet Journal.A guy who's a master in Computer science recomend me the bullet journal for support my studies.And you did well In put copyright for make it analog and hand writting.
    Thaks a lot Ryder

  • Muy bueno

  • Thank you for this amazing method. We use our Bullet Journals every day ♥♥♥

  • Hey everyone,

    I wanted to ask if you use the Daily Log by preparing tasks ahead of time or just as they come, more in the sense of a diary? I noticed he didn't use all of the days of the week and wanted to see from those who have already started this process what worked for them. Be blessed.

  • #AmaaizingXD (Beatiful noteboocks)

  • I want to start a bullet journal but i literally never have any plans for anything and am so jobless.

  • 2019..anyone?

  • It seems super useful, but it's too complicated for me personally lol. I'd rather use a normal weekly layout.

  • Thank u so much kaa

  • Everyone complains about writing down the months and days manually. But like, does it really take up so much time to the point where you don't have time for anything else?

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