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Bullet Journal: This Journal keeping system will make you super productive in 2014

Jan 3, 2014

Bullet Journal is a simple & flexible way to track the past, organize the present and plan for the future

Keeping track of things, becoming organized, and managing focus are three major challenges on the way to become productive. In a world of ubiquitous presence of multiple distractions and information overload we forget our priorities, misplace our attention, and lose our ideas. All these challenges make it impossible for us to perform at our optimum level.

Many famous people suggest us to keep diary, take notes, and write things down. But the problem is doing all these things is not easy. In order to live a life that meets our demand of productivity we need a system that works, that is easy to maintain, and mobile.

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Designer Ryder Carroll gives us a way out from this down ward spiral hole of distraction and search. After years of work on finding a way to track everything we do from listing ideas, to to-dos, miles traveled, ideas, and to books to read Carroll developed a way he named Bullet Journal to make journaling simple and effective. As Carroll says “Bullet Journal is a simple, flexible, manageable, and analog way to track the past, organize the present and plan for the future”.

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The best part of Carroll’s system is that it gives you a way to organize everything. The most daunting challenge of keeping journal and record things is organization. Bullet Journal solves that problem pretty easily. The usage is also pretty simple. You can organize your journal on any note book or blank paper. After having a note book you can easily organize, plan, track your days and months.

In introductory video of bullet journal, attached below, Carroll shows a number of graphic marking sings like- box, bullet, and circle to differentiate among task, event, and note. As he says the most formidable challenges of bullet journaling is familiarity. You need to find your way to integrate it into your days and life so that it becomes familiar to you.

Keeping journal is an extremely good habit. It not only helps us with focus and planning it also makes us accountable. You can see your progress at the end of every month. You can find out what you have done and what you missed.

However, there is no way to master the habit of keeping journal. You just need to do it. Through making it an everyday habit we can overcome the familiarity problem that inhibits our journal keeping effort and can take our productivity to our expected level.

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Carroll’s Bullet Journal is a brilliant approach to keeping diary and maintaining journal at a time. It gives you freedom from often elusive to do list and often forgotten diary. You just need to act now.

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Ruhul Kader is a technology and business analyst based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Future Startup and author of Rethinking Failure: A short guide to living an entrepreneurial life. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, technology policy, and society. He can be reached at

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