Ryder Carroll, the creator of the bullet journalist was diagnosed with ADD and this helped shape the concept for this unique system. It became evident early on in his life that he had challenges that other classmates didn’t have. He found himself in a situation where he had a condition and there weren’t a lot of solutions or tools to help him be successful. He then began designing his own tools and techniques. I can relate to Ryder’s situation because he’s determined and I like that. I admire anyone who will take to time create solutions. I just love this type of problem solving. As an educator, maybe you can relate as well.
This is a very analog way of doing things, especially a tool like this stands out in the digital age we live in with access to so many apps at our fingertips. I’ve come to the conclusion that I need both. I like a combination of some analog and some digital. Let go of the idea that you have to choose. There will be times when you want to use your phone and times when you really want to focus on what you are doing and we can limit distractions of other apps (umm….Facebook, Instagram) for those situations an handwritten bullet journal comes as the best solution.
Before moving forward on the how, let’s discuss the possible whys. Memory, capture ideas when you have them, keep your focus on what is important, reduce decision fatigue, make room for bigger ideas, clarify goals and steps needed to achieve them. Reflect on what you can do better tomorrow.