Bullet Journaling

Making Your Moleskine Magical

Bullet Journalling by Ryder Carroll


The Gist

An analog system (using any notebook and pen) to track the past, organize the present and plan for the future.

The Gem

The concept of migration. Which the practice of reviewing undone tasks from the month and determining whether they 1) don’t matter 2) should be done in the short-term or 3) should be done in the long term. Once this decision is made, you know to place it in an upcoming to do list or place in a monthly log.

Why I Chose This

I have been using the Bullet Journal system for 30 days now as a way to seamlessly connected my day-to-day activity with the longer-range OKR technology I was indoctrinated into at the Foundry. My main tasks — 1) balance the important (OKRs) from the urgent (day-to-day stuff) and 2) don’t let anything fall through the cracks.

I don’t use this system as prescribed but it has solved that core problem, which has made me more organized and freed up cycles to think about other things, rather than walking around feeling like I’m letting something slip through the cracks.