A website that I follow has started a book club dedicated to Ryder Carroll’s The Bullet Journal Method. You read that correctly. It is a book club that will read and discuss one book. Basically, they noticed that the book is divided into 52 (-ish) sections. Each week for a year, the club will cover one of those sections. I was almost on board, but they’re not doing it on the site. They’re doing it in a Facebook Group, and on Instagram. My problems with the platform aside, Facebook makes some sort of sense for a threaded conversation. Instagram, though? Not a format conducive to thoughtful discussion.
I momentarily considered doing my own thing, running parallel to theirs. Using the same breakdown, I could write one blog post per week related to the section. Except, um, well, I don’t know that I have that much to say about bullet journaling. I certainly don’t have a lot to say about some of the sections, which run as little as 2 to 3 pages each.
The Bullet Journal Method
To be completely honest, I’ve read some of the book and I don’t think Ryder Carroll has all that much to say either. I support the notion of the book, because I think the guy should make some money of the system he devised. People have been using it for years already, though. I picked it up watching a couple of YouTube videos.
Looking over the topics list, Week 1 is Preparation, and Week 2 is the Introduction. Okay, Preparation is the who first section of the book, and the Introduction and subsequent weeks are parts of that first section. Are we supposed to discuss the who section and then, redundantly, talk about its parts? We could talk about what’s on the page for the Preparation section, which is… a Venn diagram. Thrilling. The Introduction is Carroll talking about how he came up with the system. I really can’t add anything to that.
What I might start doing is writing posts about the spreads and layouts that I use. They’re pretty basic, though. I don’t do calligraphy, or use tons of colorful Washi tape, or anything fancy. I follow the bog-standard monthly spread, with a daily rapid log. For the blogs, I have a separate monthly spread, write post ideas, and check them off as they’re written and scheduled. Project spreads I basically have down to rapid logs, to be assigned to the monthly spreads. That’s it. Not exciting.
That’s what I love about bullet journaling, though. It’s simple and it gets the job done. All of these efforts to make it more than it is seem frivolous to me. They seem to go against the point, which is to streamline things.