Work vs Personal Bullet Journal

  • Published on Jul 31, 2017
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  • Paula Hunte
    Paula Hunte 4 years ago +401

    Thank you for making things simple. On other bullet journal, I am overwhelmed by the stickers and drawings.

    • Philip Maguire
      Philip Maguire 2 years ago +11

      When I first looked at the concept there were loads of really beautifully done journals which put me off as I found them oddly intimidating as I am not artistic in any way. I then stumbled across and followed that with a video from Elsa Rhae. Immediately after I ordered a dotted Journal and have started using it today! Thank you, Ryder

    • Connie Condra
      Connie Condra 2 years ago +7

      I am with you. Those "fancy" journals are intimidating. They look like art journals. For BuJo, I though they would take more time than they are worth.

    • dierks67
      dierks67 4 years ago +6

      SugarcoatsHannah Isn't that the KISS principle? Do nothing fancy, unless the task needs it.

    • Witchy Pigeon
      Witchy Pigeon  4 years ago +22

      This is my experience as well. I'm becoming more minimal as I go.

    • SugarcoatsHannah
      SugarcoatsHannah 4 years ago +37

      Paula Hunte at first those bullet journals are fun to look at. But in the end i still go for a simple layout to jot my tasks.

  • Charlene Ricketts
    Charlene Ricketts 3 years ago +106

    I have officially used my BuJo longer than I have ANY other planner system. Usually typical planners made it at the most until June- I've tried multiple systems. I have now been using a BuJo consistently since August 2017. Thank you for sharing a way for the ADHD brain to plan and record life.

  • BrennaBeloved
    BrennaBeloved 4 years ago +245

    I have a bullet journal for work, but it stays at work. This way I am not tempted to try to work while at home since my boss doesn't pay me for that. I use to bring my personal bullet journal to work but then found it was distracting me from actually working sometimes. Instead, I just use the app to log anything that comes up while I'm at work and then I can migrate it into my bullet journal later. So, huge thank you for the log feature on the app! Great use of the technology while still honoring the analog system!!

    • Manish Arora
      Manish Arora Year ago

      @Raksha Patel I guess if you could bring your task management into your work bullet journal, that would make your work journal being used more

    • Kevin Schart
      Kevin Schart 2 years ago +6

      if you work in an office definitely keep separate journals.

    • Caramel1806
      Caramel1806 3 years ago +4

      @Sarah Scherff How is journaling going for you? I have started trying different things (different colored pens, daily to do lists for my personal life, setting up the monthly calendar, etc). I had already started using a notebook for work. I guess I was bullet journaling before I started bullet journaling.

    • Raksha Patel
      Raksha Patel 3 years ago +5

      I have taken a similar approach. My work one is very simple for helping me stay organised and my personal is my pride and joy, with my passion projects and daily life/tasks. I put physical work-related things in my personal journal but nothing else. E.g. when I'll be working from home or when I might travel for work - because these impact my personal life. Has anyone else found that having 2 journals works for you? So far I think it works for me, but the only observation is that my work one doesn't get as much use, except for long term planning and reflection/migration (which is definitely valuable). Daily tasks I just use Outlook for (my calendar or task list on Outlook).

    • Sarah Scherff
      Sarah Scherff 3 years ago +5

      @Caramel1806 -- I just started too! I am thinking about using two light notebooks to separate the two, but bring them with me. He did say do what works for you, so that is what I think MIGHT work for me, and we will see. Basically my thought process is, that I am a project manager, and I have way too many tasks and projects to be thinking about at work, and I am concerned by work journaling will consume my home journaling. We shall see what happens. It does make sense from his perspective to have both since they are so interchangeable. My work and personal life are not that interchangeable.

  • Andrew Ready
    Andrew Ready 4 years ago +15

    Aaaaah, this was a bit of a Eureka moment for me. I hadn’t understood the significance of the monthly log & the difference between a curated monthly list vs brain dump daily log but now it makes sense. Thanks for the video

  • CreatePlanProsper
    CreatePlanProsper 3 years ago +5

    I separate all my projects into separate notebooks:
    1. My monthly, weekly, daily journal
    2. A traveler’s notebook with inserts for [revolving] collections, story ideas, a reading log
    3. Business Journal
    4+. A journal for each project-like a novel I’m working on. In addition to Scrivener for organizing and writing the story, I use a dot grid bullet journal to house all my notes, ideas, etc. on the story, including variations in structure, edits and other things to be made.
    Whenever I leave, I only take the main (1) journal with me unless I’m going out to work or write, then the coordinating notebook comes, also.
    Any notes or ideas that spring into mind when I’m out without the other notebooks gets jotted into the (1) notebook or into a note on my phone. If in the (1) notebook, I’ll thread it-if it’s a long note-or note that it’s been re-copied into its proper home.
    I prefer splitting things up for various reasons, but the main two are to:
    1. To keep everything organized well (categorically) so I’m never flipping through various notebooks to find something in that category.
    2. I don’t fill up a single notebook too fast with a jumble of content where (in some cases) I need to re-copy things into a new notebook when it’s time to start one.
    Does that make any sense?

  • Brix DeRossi
    Brix DeRossi 2 years ago +15

    I love the statement “adding value to your life”. Great way to look at whether to keep tasks. I’m excited to start a bulletin journal now that I understand how it works!

  • Codex Noir
    Codex Noir 3 years ago +40

    I migrate whenever I turn to a new spread (means two pages) in my Daily Log. If I don't I have noticed I get backed up and lose momentum on whatever it was that I was doing. The whole 'end of the week' or 'end of the month' migrating did not work well for me at ALL. I've watched a ton of videos about BuJos and I have to say that migrating for each new spread has been one of the best hacks I have learned. That and doing a drawn out monthly calendar for a spread. At the end of each month I do a Month Log on the left page that is just appointments and birthdays, important things to remember, and then a Monthly Task Log on the right page that's just Monthly Tasks like revolving chores and things that I have migrated from the previous month, I also use this page for very important Must do's and goals. The next spread I do a hand drawn calendar spread. Looking at the calendar really helps me a lot. Everyone's BuJo and learning style is a bit different. This is what has worked VERY well for me.
    Thank you Ryder. I have been BuJo for two years now and it has literally changed my life for the better. I wish I had known about this while I was in school. I tried so many planners in my life and none of them worked as well as BuJo.
    I use one BuJo, not two. Two would be a mess for me.
    Disclaimer!! It does take some time to learn how to BuJo. Don't get discouraged!! You will mess up and that's OK! keep doing it and you'll find your flow and style. Don't fret over the fancySchmancy BuJos you see on TheXvid etc with their ridiculous trackers and complicated keys... nobody really BuJos like that.
    Keep it simple and create Collections (chapters) for allll of the things that are important. You'll get it, it's just one of those things that you need to DO to get.
    It's a phenomenal tool to have. You won't regret putting the time into learning it 👑❤️

    • Cheri Receveur
      Cheri Receveur Year ago +2

      wow, i’m pretty sure that is what would work for me too. i feel like if i DONT have to repeatedly rewrite something that i will lose momentum as well. if you’re like me then you probably write a lot of things down lol.... a lot goes on in my daily logs 😂😅

    • M. M.
      M. M. Year ago

      Would love to see your videos demonstrating

  • Omega_girl
    Omega_girl 4 years ago +56

    I like how you closed your journal at the end *lol* thanks for the tips. I just started bullet journaling like a week ago, and it has helped me to organize my brain a lot. Very powerful simple idea. That's what I love about it. I don't understand the whole BuJo with colors and stickers and more complications but to each his own.

    • Jovan Timotijevic
      Jovan Timotijevic 3 years ago


    • Marianne
      Marianne 4 years ago +9

      Some people get inspired by drawings and pictures and colors and so want to actually open and use the bullet journal. I've combined both these ideas without it actually being mess (like it used to be but I found a way), drawings and practicality. I don't decorate any daily logs, I want them to be as quick as bullets would shoot through the air, but I do like to make the titles of each new module to look cool. Also, I decorate the pages that I know I will view very often (Monthly Logs for example). But mostly it's just plain Daily Logging with black pen. I do have a separate spreads for only drawings though, but it doesn't count as decorating. In general, I consider myself as a person of science and art and mere practical doing and that's why I like to make time and space for all of those. Some people just like drawing and if it adds to their life and isn't on their way dragging them down, then it's a good thing.

  • Raivo L
    Raivo L 3 years ago +46

    Decided to change my life. I started a bullet journal some two months ago. Now I can free up my mind from the things I have to do, because they are already scheduled and there is no point to worry about them. I filter what's important and what's not. It is definitely a lot easier to live like this. Where have I been all my life..

  • Boho Berry
    Boho Berry 4 years ago +75

    Love these insights from you, Ryder! Thanks so much for sharing your answers with us

  • Sherry G
    Sherry G 3 years ago +5

    Thanks for the refresher! People that want to keep work and home tasks separate could just divide their dailies into a column for home and a column for work. One book and all together.

  • David Brady
    David Brady 2 years ago +2

    Seems to me, the point of Bullet Journal is to have one book not two. Certainly works for me. Helpful as always, Ryder.

  • Cubbieberry navarrOZ
    Cubbieberry navarrOZ 4 years ago +10

    Thank you for the 'Ask The Bullet Journalist' series. Love it!
    This is my first year to #bujo and
    We're half-way of the calendar year, and I'm half-way into my bujo (I ♡ Emerald edition btw) journalling-tasklisting-event reminder-everything in there. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE YEAR ISN'T OVER YET BUT RUN OUT PAGES? (Wasn't there a video that said it's best to start a new bujo in a new calendar year?)
    Thank you in advance,
    cheers from winter Melbourne, Australia
    bujo newbie

    • WhalesInTheClouds
      WhalesInTheClouds 3 years ago +2

      It may feel a bit out of sorts, but generally you migrate what is strictly necessary for a new journal and then continue from there. Just keep the other handy in case you miss anything.

  • Reedus
    Reedus 4 years ago +9

    Thank you for creating this system. I keep it simple and stick pretty much to your system without too many hacks. I was in the Navy so understanding "rapid logging" was not too difficult for me.
    It sometimes bugs me that people who use the system and try to teach it, don't really understand or misinterpret the term" rapid logging" in their videos. I get that everyone can do what they want, but it comes to a point where it really isn't bullet journaling anymore.

  • Craig & Barb Blumer
    Craig & Barb Blumer 3 years ago +1

    I keep personal and work in one journal, but I use bullets for work tasks and a small “h” for home/personal tasks. This makes it quick to separate each regardless when I write the task down or when I am going to check it off.

  • Dale Stiles
    Dale Stiles 3 years ago +2

    I did something similar to this in the military to keep track of daily tasks and events. Those items were always in my pocket and I'd fill a memo book in about a month. I'd log the opening and closing date and then archive them in a shoebox for reference. So, essentially, I've been keeping a daily log since the late 80's.

  • NamePending
    NamePending 3 years ago +3

    I use signifiers so I can quickly scroll thorugh home/work/etc. Basically, no signifier for work, a house symbol for home, a heart for friends and family. So, then you can look at one category at a time. For me, this requires two blocks to remain open at the left for bullet and signifier. Any other ideas?

  • Sophia Ojha
    Sophia Ojha 4 years ago +3

    Thank you so much Ryder for making this video. I just came across your work last week. Where have I been all this time!!! I am so glad though that I've found the Bullet Journal finally! This was a good episode - which spurs a question in my mind:
    I take a lot of notes on different topics - some related to talks/conferences/trainings I do for my work. Others are related to personal development books/videos I read or watch. And there are insights that come from both streams of my activity that I'd like to collect in one place. I can totally see the idea of creating a collection and placing any small nuggets of wisdom and insights in the Bullet Journal. But often the notes themselves are the insights - even if they may be pages and pages and pages long.
    So do you think in this case, I should make a separate book for "notes"? I'd rather have it all in one place but then I might end up using 2 bullet journals a month. How shall I reconcile the need to have everything in one place with the fact that I take a lot of notes? Thank you very much for your perspective on this! Warm regards!

  • Tahni Voelz
    Tahni Voelz 3 years ago +1

    I started my Bujo two and half years ago. It is the best planning system mixed with my own creativity that I've ever used. Can't wait for the full doc!

  • Karen Berg-Redouxinteriors

    Have had my bullet journal for a few months now. Starting to get the hang of it, the videos are super helpful. Please make more!

  • TheEthicsGuy
    TheEthicsGuy 3 years ago +1

    Thank you for this video, Ryder. It was most helpful, and I'm greatly looking forward to starting my bullet journal as soon as the one I ordered from your store arrives! Thank you also for being the creative genius behind this enterprise. You inspire me and, by what I've seen on TheXvid and Pinterest, you inspire many people around the world. Bravo!

  • Zilin Ni
    Zilin Ni 5 months ago

    This video really helps me to think about the way I use BJ. I've been considering the division of work BJ and personal BJ for a long time, and I have tried to split it into two notebooks, but it turns out that it does not work for me in this way ,and it always drives me crazy when I want to write down the idea in personal BJ without taking it to the office.

  • Sunflower
    Sunflower 4 years ago +1

    This platform is so valuable! Glad you're hosting "ask the bulletjournalist". Pretty cool stuff.
    I started using a version of this in June 2014 and it changed how I thought about not completing something I thought was important vs what was urgent now. Moving items over to another time felt really good. It also help with collecting data for my own review. I had a few pages that included monthly accomplishments. So helpful.

  • xxnonstopdancingxx
    xxnonstopdancingxx 2 years ago

    The problem I have is that my work isn’t just a list of tasks. I have to diarise and conduct reviews in what is essentially a day book. I’d love to hear from people that have similar and how they set up their journal. I want the day book to be a bullet journal and have sequential pages for each day.

  • The Creative Guitarist
    The Creative Guitarist 4 years ago +1

    Another great video, Ryder!
    I refer to my question on the previous "Ask the Bulletjournalist" in hopes to get an answer on the next episode:
    What about those of us who already use a daily/weekly/monthly planner for tracking our schedules? What are some strategies to motivate these types of people to use their BuJos? I often find myself going days, even weeks, without writing in my BuJo, which I find disheartening because I was looking forward to using the official Bullet Journal notebook when I first bought it.
    Thanks again and looking forward to seeing your ideas.

  • trishraj07
    trishraj07 2 years ago +1

    I've read your book and it has helped me stay organized and accomplish my plans and long term goals. Total game changer for me! Glad to see you are also on youtube so I can further enhance this method. Thank you and more power!

  • The solitaire’s Gambit
    The solitaire’s Gambit 4 years ago +6

    You are an amazing human being for creating the Bullet Journal Revolution!

  • historyfreak 65
    historyfreak 65 2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your techniques Ryder! My friend learned about bullet journaling and told me about it. I think it will really help me stay organized in my life.

  • Connie Leah
    Connie Leah 3 years ago

    Thank you for creating and introducing bullet journaling. I just started and I am optimistic about how it will start to get my life back together. I'm a working mom (not new), and have difficulty coping with work and personal life demands. I always tried figuring out how to make things into something that can make me organize my thoughts and stay in focus keeping track of my tasks, my ideas, and priorities. Thank you, Ryder.

  • Andrea Tilsley
    Andrea Tilsley 3 years ago

    I'm still waiting for my bullet journal to arrive through post (nobody in my city stocks it *scream*) and I can tell that I am going to absolutely LOVE it ♥️ CAN'T WAIT

  • Janelle Clancy
    Janelle Clancy 11 months ago

    Thank you! This answered some questions I have wonder for a while now :D Awesome! Do what 'works' for you... perfect!

  • Cranberry Run Campground
    Cranberry Run Campground 3 years ago +11

    So glad to find some straight up videos minus all the fluff. Most of these videos are the bullet-journal equivalent of cooking blogs where the author insists on describing her most recent vacations and home-school experiences before getting into the recipe. This was refreshing and effective - thank you much.

  • Mystiquemage
    Mystiquemage 3 years ago

    Question: when deciding when to do monthly logs tasks, do you schedule them into your monthly birds eye view or into the daily log? say the task is due on the 15th and today's the 1st.
    I'd like to keep track of what my week ahead looks like so I don't over commit, as I do get overwhelmed quickly by trying to do too much. Thanks in advance!

  • Noel Zamot
    Noel Zamot 4 years ago

    Excellent work Ryder. I use my journal for a very complex, long term project. My daily logs usually have dozens of entries (tasks, ideas and notes), so that a weekly spread usually goes well beyond a two page spread. I also journal numerous detailed project notes that span several pages.
    1. Any tips on "threading" and indexing weekly spreads that go beyond two pages?
    2. Any additional thoughts (such as a second, project index) for project collections that are interspersed with weekly spreads?
    I am working on the most complex project I've ever worked on my professional life, and your journaling techniques have made me far more effective. Thank you.

  • Lyubo Yanev
    Lyubo Yanev 4 years ago +8

    New to Bullet Journalling since the podcast with Mat D´Avella, Thanks creating such a simple yet amazing product

  • David Mohl
    David Mohl 4 years ago

    Little pet peeve that bugs me: In your monthly logs you start jotting thins down with one square free on the left (where you put the star) but during your daily logs you seem to start at the first left square

  • Chantal Bérubé
    Chantal Bérubé 4 months ago

    Thank ou so much, you helped me declutter my brain ! It gives me huge releaf and joy.

  • Javier
    Javier 2 years ago +1

    I have an idea. I find that often when I write things down things come in and then I have to move things around. To create flexibility I photo capture a page individually and then organize then digitally. I use the naming convention of the file to order it. Kinda a hybrid between writing it down the journal and digital journal. Kinda like having playing cards where you can sort them the way you want as you feel fit. Cool think is if it is legible and you use Evernote you can search words in those notes even if they are handwritten.

  • revoltangel
    revoltangel 4 years ago

    Love these episodes. They are so helpful. Thank you !!

  • Jalal Khan
    Jalal Khan 3 years ago

    great stuff! i like a number of people i think was doing a similar system to bullet journaling as it is a very natural system

  • Pat Wong
    Pat Wong 3 years ago

    Respectful Ryder,
    Do you think it's a good idea to use blank folder papers in a three holes folder as a bullet journal? We can number the pages individually (ie, Monthly log start with M1,M2, ...; Daily log start with D1, D2,.....) So we can always add pages to each category without affecting the following category 😄. Hope this would help.

  • Ariel Estrella
    Ariel Estrella 3 years ago +1

    a few years ago I found the Tony Robbins Life planner method. As a creative type i work as a designer and I am totally disorganized. i really enjoyed his method of planning. As a designer I did find some parts to be to overwhelming . When i found the Bullet journaling method by a designer TheXvid channel I started to integrate pieces of both journal methods. It become more fun and incouraging to journal .

  • Judy Lee
    Judy Lee 2 years ago

    I'm of an older generation and at first this was overwhelming for me. Bit by bit, watching your different episodes I am becoming less terrified (stressed) about trying it out. It actually seems rather simple in keeping your life organized but setting it up seems a trial for me. I'm getting better, so please keep teaching us this rather interesting method of journaling.

    • Dena
      Dena 2 years ago

      My biggest setback was trying to plan ahead like the other journalists. And thinking to Future Log was further back in the book (as in the "future"pages, lol). Now with these videos, I see the beauty and flexibility. Looking forward to sorting out my ADDled brain.

  • Anonymous Person
    Anonymous Person 5 months ago

    Separating "collections" or other stuff would be too nerve racking for me. To help resolve that, I decided to have sections for different things like "scededuling", "daily experiences", and "random thoughts and entries" and each section gets it's own index starting with page 1 for each section.

  • mm1sis
    mm1sis 4 years ago +2

    thank you so much for answering about how many pages to save for collections. i just started mine and was feeling bad that i have only used half a page so far.
    Thanks again!

  • Yi
    Yi Year ago

    For the work or personal problem, one can use different color to write down their items.

  • Chgtuber
    Chgtuber 2 months ago

    Still enjoy this video, with its upbeat intro tune and slide in of the journal and practical explanation. And I never thought of it not showing you. I started bullet journaling years ago, when you did not even show your face. :-)

  • Jason Klein
    Jason Klein Year ago

    I plan on incorporating meeting notes into my dailies. If I do this ,do I need to index the meeting to be able to easily find later or should I make meeting notes their own collection and separately indexed them so they’re not part of the daily?

  • Mario Godoy
    Mario Godoy Year ago

    Again, super useful explanations for my starting. Thanks.

  • The Peddler
    The Peddler 2 years ago

    I'm just a newbie here and I'm reading the book and saw many, many videos about BuJo. I'm a bit confused about the monthly log and the daily log: are these two to-do lists? Should I refer to both when I'm checking what's left to do in my week or month? I do understand that the left side of the monthly log is for things that happened. Thank you for anyone who responds, Nicole

  • The Peddler
    The Peddler 3 years ago

    I like lists. I use a lot of lists. But sometimes I lose my sheet of lists on my desk (!). If I were to put those lists anywhere in the BJ, where would I put them? Those lists are things to check on Amazon or other websites, returns for items I bought, things to discuss with my DH, or small housekeeping recipes like mold, cleaning, etc. Thanks Nicole

  • Kenneth Solomon
    Kenneth Solomon 4 years ago +1

    Very helpful yet again. On your next episode can you explain what a collection can be? Thanks.

  • Fabi Mendes
    Fabi Mendes 7 months ago


  • deirdre mcmennamin
    deirdre mcmennamin 4 years ago

    Just started today and am loving this so far though totally scared :-/. Anyway, does it matter where a collection starts? Like can it go in the spread right after you start your daily log, so in essence, breaking up that month of logs? Also, on work vs home, do you suggest marking each task differently? I feel like a signifier for work at least will allow me to scan that once I sit down to work?

  • faerie palace
    faerie palace 3 years ago +1

    Wow I’ve had this question for a couple years now. This finally answered my question about the diff between monthly’s and daily’s eep thanks

  • Crystal Ratcliffe
    Crystal Ratcliffe 4 years ago +1

    Just starting Bullet Journalling to start 5/1/2018 these videos on your website are priceless

  • Jing Zhang
    Jing Zhang 3 years ago +1

    Thank you for this, I loves it!!!🙂

  • Gaspar Menezes
    Gaspar Menezes Year ago

    I like to write and sometimes I notice that I’m righting a lot in the daily log and there goes the minimalistic part of it that I really like. Should I get a separed simple notebook just for writing?

  • Maria Pablo
    Maria Pablo 4 years ago +1

    Hi Ryder, what's the difference between collection vs. projects? thank you!

  • Nik Butler
    Nik Butler 4 years ago +2

    I have a question for : Ask the Bullet Journalist.
    I came to Bullet Journalling very early in the growth; Would it be possible to get a TheXvid playlist of the early days of Bullet Journal examples up to the Current "what is bullet journaling" Im keen to see how far things have grown and what I still do which may be different from the approaches today.
    I think my earliest Bullet Journalling experience was the best part of 4 years ago but I dont have that Journal to hand !

  • Valentina Ramírez G.
    Valentina Ramírez G. 3 years ago

    I take work notes on my personal bujo, but then migrate work stuff to a notebook that is only about work, and sometimes build up ideas. This works specially well with writing fiction. If I get an Idea or I'm doing a brain storm I just do it on my bujo, and then when I get home I add it to my other notebook. This way I get all the creative ideas free from the clutter of house chores and birthday parties

  • Legacy of Pretty
    Legacy of Pretty 3 years ago +3

    The fact that you have Add makes this therapeutic. Distractions are minimal and you are straight forward. I am learning a ton!

  • Gretchen Taylor
    Gretchen Taylor 3 years ago

    Something I never see in people's bujos are their work schedules. I am a part-time private piano instructor with a teaching schedule that often varies from day to day. Where and how do I record my teaching time blocks in my bujo? Thank you.

  • Moses GTC
    Moses GTC 2 years ago

    I have question about travel journals. Do u have a seperate journal for travelling, or incorporate it in your main journal as a collection perhaps?

  • Bart van Kessel
    Bart van Kessel 4 years ago +1

    Hi Ryder,Thanks for the vid. Is this your example bujo? It seems your monthly log has not changed since your episode 1, if so could u illustrate with a real life bujo? I agree everyone should use what works for him/her and think it would have added value if they see how it works for you in your life so they are triggered to try it out

  • ProjectKase
    ProjectKase 3 years ago

    I genuinely appreciated your point about collections being indexed - so a two page spread is sufficient and it’s designed to be modular. I am seriously toying w this system for work and thinking of using collections/lists extensively but that point had held me back from getting started. I feel slightly more confident to take the bull by the horns and try to get something set up now. Thank you!

    • Danielle Blair
      Danielle Blair 3 years ago

      One idea that occurred to me is that you could keep a small square of free space in the bottom right-hand corner of the two-page collection spread, just in case the page gets filled with info on the topic/project/etc. and you end up continuing the same topic to another spread. In that small space you could make a note “continued on page ___”. Yes, it’s also important to index, but it’s also really nice to be able to review all your notes/ideas about one topic in a seamless way without having to refer constantly back to the index to figure out where in your journal the topic picks up again. I need as few distractions as possible, especially when it comes to non-linear/creative thought processes.

  • Caleb Picker
    Caleb Picker 4 years ago +4

    How do you recommend planning projects that might take 1-2 years to complete, for example, a marketing campaign or a research project?

    • Marlyn Santana
      Marlyn Santana 3 years ago

      just scheduled the next step to finish the project... For Exp. in January scheduled the first step to reach the next level of the project and still until you finish... maybe you will finish the project sooner than you expect

  • Cori
    Cori 2 years ago

    This was super helpful-thanks!

  • GamerLizzie7 R
    GamerLizzie7 R 4 years ago

    Really helpful, thanks, answered the questions I have

  • CreativelyFree2Bme
    CreativelyFree2Bme 4 years ago +19

    How do you keep things from getting lost when everything is written in the same color? How do you process what you have put into your daily log at the end of the day? Do you separate brain dump from tasks to complete and logged things, etc.

    • Inés Adam
      Inés Adam 3 years ago

      the index!!

    • Yug Shende
      Yug Shende 3 years ago +1

      Any separation comes from the Keys. I try to simplify vomiting into the journal by designing complex keys for something that can be both idea and a goal or for something that was an idea but is now a task. There should be no friction while logging that's the point. Everything else can be adapted for. But while logging your mind should be only focused on logging/Journaling. Not the workings of Bujo.

    • SonshineLady
      SonshineLady 3 years ago +3

      Colors distract me - keeping a cleaner Bullet Journal works with m personality.

    • Crystal Ratcliffe
      Crystal Ratcliffe 4 years ago +1

      Bohoberry color codes things which I plan to do, check out her Bullet journal walk through, it's amazing

    • light lawliet
      light lawliet 4 years ago +2


  • Michael Dehan
    Michael Dehan 4 years ago

    Do you put daily logs in your index and do you set aside a certain number of pages for them? And how would you label daily logs in the index: by date or something else?

  • Jean Bishop
    Jean Bishop 4 years ago +7

    I have just started bullet journaling and have found that I need to refer back to a previous bullet journal for info. Moving forward what do you suggest to make it easy to retrieve information from past journals?

    • Shelly Holi
      Shelly Holi 3 years ago +2

      He has another video call "threading" that will answer your question nicely :)

    • Shanda Sperling
      Shanda Sperling 4 years ago

      I use a > and then write the task (ex: > call Mike to confirm) on the last page or at the end of the day....

    • Mirna 3H Natural Health
      Mirna 3H Natural Health 4 years ago

      I also have same question

  • Ellie GG
    Ellie GG 4 years ago +42

    I have a question- What do you think about all the bullet-journal videos on youtube, with the art integrated and weekly spreads and trackers? Do you even consider them as your method?

    • Dena
      Dena 2 years ago

      I'm happy that the fancy bujo videos are out there as they are what attracted me to this system after so many planner failures. They were, however, intimidating and I kept looking at simpler ways and found bullet I'm going to be using this system to include doodled ideas for my art as well as bringing me back into focus by having the logs.

    • Werner Wintels
      Werner Wintels 3 years ago +8

      It depends on how you react to them. I think the advantage of these types of customizations is that they make the bullet journal fun to use so that you are more likely yo use it. The disadvantage is that these can become a distraction in the long run and that you can get bored with them in the long run. I think the question you need to ask yourself is: Do they make it easier to use in the long run? You can't really know that until you've tried it.

    • The Sharpe Life
      The Sharpe Life 4 years ago +14

      Some people like the artistic side and that's what keeps them interested in using it. Others like it simple. Each person should use it in a way that works for that person. I have jumped around doing both - even throwing in a little fauxbonichi (artistic diary-type journaling). But the bullet journal bones are a good place to start no matter which style works. Experiment and make it your own. Right now, I'm going back to the basics.

    • Lori V.
      Lori V. 4 years ago +36

      Based on what he said in his Ted Talk, I think he feels proud that so many people have adapted his system into something that works for them.

    • Bubreherro
      Bubreherro 4 years ago +40

      Ellie GG I believe Ryder's answer has always been "do what works for you". Just the same way as he states it here, you can incorporate art to your heart's content if that is what motivates you to use the system and keep yourself organize. If adding extra decorations fits into your schedule, go for it! If it doesn't and you don't need it and you see it more as a chore, then don't! Do whatever helps you get organized.
      I have been Bullet journaling for almost 2 years, and while I occasionally incorporate some beginner's calligraphy, it's really minimal. On a day to day basis, I have way too many tasks and projects to be able to make decorations keep up!
      But yes, I believe we all consider all the derivations to remain Ryder's brainchildren! He gives you the building blocks, and you can adapt it to your vision!

  • Marianne
    Marianne 4 years ago +1

    Questions: What if I forget to Daily Log for a day or two? What if I forget to write something in general? Do I write them in Monthly Log? I wonder if you could do a video where you show your day in the point of view of your Bullet Journal. So, do you carry it all day, what kind of notes you do, at what time you fill your daily trackings and write out your bullets, how many pages you use in a day, how do you make long lists vs. really-short-and-meaningful-only-today-lists, how flexible bullet journal really is?
    *What spreads are a must view everyday?*

    • Porjai Jaturongkhakun
      Porjai Jaturongkhakun 4 years ago

      If you have an instagram account, I suggest you to see BulletJournal hashtags. You will see tons of BuJo examples.

  • Rosie Ngo
    Rosie Ngo 3 years ago +2

    So helpful. Thank you a lot for making these videos. Love from Vietnam!

  • Y Tb
    Y Tb 2 years ago +2

    I have been intorduced to bullet journaling the artistic over exadurated & complicated way and that lead me to never use it again and sort of hate it i used it for a few days maybe a year ago, but now that ive seen your method specifically, im feeling positive about it for the first time again many out there claim that theyr methods are simpler but, this is real soul simple, this is the core bullet journaling the original idea, the most empactful, and i honistly think all the artistic ones should be banned from youtube so that people wont hate bullet journaling thanks to them but instead be introduce to bullet journalling the real way, your way is the best i cant thank you. ENoUGH!!! I love you thanks for probably changing my life!!

  • Himalay
    Himalay 2 years ago

    Thank you Ryder for bullet journal. God bless you

  • DreamingRascal
    DreamingRascal 4 years ago

    How do you keep track of things you have to do on a daily basis and schedule a designated time for them. For example let's say I want to practice piano at 4:35 pm every day or I want to go for a morning run at 5am every morning. Thanks for the feedback and I love this system its a great help!

  • Rebecca Allen
    Rebecca Allen 4 years ago +1

    When you prep every day, do you look through all your pages? What you do is really simple, but I can't keep up with something that relies on me never missing something when I'm looking through pages of things. I have a weekly list like your monthly one and migrate things week to week. I also stay on one page so I can see everything and not leave anything essential behind. Do you find that you can miss things?

  • NamePending
    NamePending 3 years ago +5

    I always go back to the Bullet Journal Channel videos as a concise reference. Thanks!

  • Don U
    Don U 2 months ago

    Modular, it’s a good description, explained a lot by itself. Thank you for addressing it.

  • A Tribe Called Quest
    A Tribe Called Quest 2 months ago

    So here's what I managed to do is combine this system with a semi traverler's journal. I got one of those big A5 covers and some soft a5 notebooks. I put my main hardcover bullet journal in there organizing everything. Then I use numbered soft journals and label them A, B, C. In my index I will then use that plus the number say A32 and I know it goes into A. I use these for writing down everything I need to at work and if I run out I can just swap the refill easily without needing a whole new bullet journal.

  • Danielle Blair
    Danielle Blair 3 years ago

    I feel compelled to share that for anyone who doesn’t want to spend $15-$20-$25 on a bullet journal, you really can use ANY notebook. If it’s important to have the guide lines to help you draw straight lines or draw nice looking boxes/shapes, you can try this system with a $2.00 reversible graph paper notebook from the 99 Cent store. If you don’t like how the front cover looks, you could always glue a nice piece of paper to it. Especially if you do want to experiment with your own layouts for tracking lots of different things, using graph paper really helps. And using a cheap graph paper notebook means you don’t have to feel like you’re wasting paper if you decide to scrap some of your experiments.

  • Alessandro Marini
    Alessandro Marini 4 years ago

    A simply question: if I have to schedule a work meeting for the next week, in more helpful to use the monthly log or the daily log adding the date of the meeting? I do not use the weekly log; i prefer to use the original Ryder method (fast, simple and minimalist).
    Thanx in advance

  • mark darlington
    mark darlington 3 years ago

    i agree with ms hunt keep it simple stupid referring to myself ,i am not artsy ,so minimalist suits me so far you are streets ahead i think in the grand scheme of things that this is going to work for me the good thing november december change books next year less mistakes love it

  • Mary Guess
    Mary Guess 2 years ago

    This was so helpful. Thank you.

  • Jacob Elfving
    Jacob Elfving Year ago

    Thx for sharing these powerful learnings

  • Aye Aye Mon
    Aye Aye Mon 3 years ago

    This system looks good. I'm gonna give it a try.

  • Marianne
    Marianne 4 years ago

    Question: What's your emergency back up plan or resetting options for the bullet journal if you have a hectic week, for example because of finals, serious illness et cedera and you you can't write anything to your bullet journal? How to get your bullet journal back to up to date?

    • David Mohl
      David Mohl 4 years ago +3

      you don't need to backdate stuff. When you miss a couple days, just continue where you are in the moment of writing and don't try to fill out the past. Missing days is not bad at all

  • Emma Zhang
    Emma Zhang 2 years ago +28

    It’s not fair how Amandarachlee has more subscribers than you. Yeah she’s artsy and fun and I love her, but you actually created the system and make it functional. You should have at least the number of subscribers she does.

    • Komala Murari
      Komala Murari Year ago +1

      Emma Zhang Ikr it isn’t fair! Even though I luv Amanda, you were the one who created the bullet journal!

  • Alice Benz
    Alice Benz 3 years ago +2

    Thank you. I think you have something here. I am going to buy your book.

  • Steven Brannan
    Steven Brannan 2 years ago

    I do like the actual bullet journal notebook, but are there other notebooks that seem to also work really well?

  • Alex Perez
    Alex Perez 4 years ago +2

    you are really really REALLYYYYYY great at breaking down how Bullet Journals work. I honestly felt confused before until I came across your channel. thank youuu! :) :) :) !!

    • wow5lolli
      wow5lolli 4 years ago +1

      i know, it's kinda sad that most people now don't credit him or at least reference him in their bullet journal videos anymore... >

    • Rebecca Allen
      Rebecca Allen 4 years ago +6

      Alex Perez Haha he IS the one who first came up with the Bullet Journal 😜

  • braileanul
    braileanul 3 years ago +1

    i bought a lovely journal and i'm afraid of starting it :(
    i saw other jurnals how beautiful they are inside, and im thinking i will write something wrong on first pages and destroy it

    • dattakafka odell
      dattakafka odell 3 years ago +4

      buy a 2.00 journal from wal mart (or similiar) use for 1-2 months until you get your system down, not someone else's but yours. then you can use your lovely journal.

    SUBIR NAG 2 years ago

    What goes into the future log? How's it differentiated from the monthly calendar/ tasks?
    And what happens if I have more than one thing to write about one day of the month? I see that each date is given only one line.

    • Ann Butler
      Ann Butler 2 years ago +1

      The future log is for those things you know are coming up in the future. My future log is 2 - 2 page spreads divided into 6 sections each spread. So each month gets a section and I make notes in there of things that I know are going to be in that month. The monthly is for the current month you are in. The log you see for 1 line a day is kind of like for say this month is Christmas so you would write Christmas on the 25th. You can always make a collection of different topics in that month. For example the next page after your Monthly calendar you could make sections of birthdays, parties, kids activities, etc. This way you would have more room to write instead of that one line. If you have Facebook you should look up the Bullet Journal page. There are so many ideas and suggestions and help from all the followers.

  • soblu2
    soblu2 4 years ago +5

    It is so refreshing. I understand the bullet journal better

  • ArtJourney
    ArtJourney 4 years ago +5

    So, in general, the daily list is not so much a to do list but more a what not to forget / what comes to mind list?

    • Osmosis Jones
      Osmosis Jones 3 years ago

      ArtJourneyUK yeah, basically. A bullet point journal, or bullet journal.

  • Mart B
    Mart B 4 years ago

    Personally what works for me I have a personal bullet journal and mirror key headings witin Evernote for work and then create shortcuts to capture key daily tasks on mobile devices.

  • Jessica Gray Schipp
    Jessica Gray Schipp 4 years ago +1

    This is amazing. Thank you.

  • Linus Bliss
    Linus Bliss 3 years ago

    Very good choice for second topic in the series.