bullet journal

while i continue deflecting under the guise of ruminating on how to most accurately portray my yoga & hiking retreat, i present bullet journal

described as an “analog note-taking system for the digital age,” i think the bullet journal is valuable for at least these three crucial elements: you’re teaching yourself something, there’s nothing to buy and despite the name it's non-violent.  full disclosure: i also love it because i’ve developed my own rudimentary version.

indeed, discovering ryder carroll, the art director and interaction designer who created bullet journal, was like finding a kindred spirit of a higher order.  the kind of order that lets him have his shit together enough to basically codify the often disorderly task of list-making. 

while my notations and symbols reflect carroll's, i use scrap paper for daily to-do lists.   one friend referred to this as “native american,” since in addition to reusing i recycle the paper upon completion.  but the bullet journal can really work for long-term planning projects like an overseas move or wedding preparations.  or for anyone less obsessed with paper elimination than me.

the added bonus, of course, is you’re essentially creating a book of your life.  even if the items are  “just” stuff you thought about, wrote down and eventually accomplished, they amass over time, generating a narrative.  a few of my long-term lists reside in my lime green moleskine notebook and it’s always impressive to reread them and see how far i’ve come or what occupied me at a particular time.

carroll’s meticulous video and engaging website explain bullet journal better than i ever could.  watch it, read it and start streamlining your brain.