222: Organizing your thinking in a Bullet Journal for Rapid Results with Ryder Carroll

Ryder Carroll, author of The Bullet Journal Method

Ryder Carroll and Bill Ringle discuss the Bullet Journal Method – a technique used by millions worldwide – for small business leaders. 

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Top 3 Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Transform your vague ideations into meaningful goals, and then break those goals into manageable action steps.
  • Track the past, organize the present, and prepare for the future.
  • Spend time with things that are important and be mindful of how you spend your time.

Interview Insights

Read the Show Notes from this Episode

Q: When you are growing up who’s someone inspired or influenced you that you think of today?

[0:56] A:His parents influenced him to do his best that he can do and he has learning disabilities that he had overcome because he is challenged to prove other people wrong when put down. 

Q: So was Professor Peterson’s belief in you as well that allowed you to tap into finding ways to learn the material and apply it…is that true?

[6:08] A: “You have the ability to solve your own challenges more so than you think you do.” 

Q: Do you remember the exact or even roughly the day or hour or what you are doing or who you are talking to and suddenly it hit you, “this isn’t it!,” and I may have wasted two years…what was it like for you?

[18:18] A: “If you don’t know what you want you wouldn’t get it. It’s that simple.” 

Q: And then obviously once you had the right question, the idea to build a company around this time management system just become apparent, right? 

[19:40] A: “People strive for what? what is the goal behind all the goals?” 

[19:41] “It is a major distraction to focus on happiness because happiness is just emotion, it comes and goes, it is unrealistic goal. [20:10] “What happens next is trying to figure out ways that I could invest my time and energy in the things that would feel meaningful. 

[23:34] “It helps people invest in time and energy that matter to them based on…their limited experience, making time to be meaningful.” 

Q:  A task list really has much more depth to it when its connected to your reasons or your why for doing the tasks you’re doing. That’s such a great insight.

[24:40] “In general people are most frustrated when they don’t feel like they’re contributing, when their work is meaningless.” 

[24:48] “I feel like a lot of times it is our responsibility to find a meaning to what we’re doing and we can do that if we just take the time to do so.” 

[25: 46] “Like for me, bullet journaling allows me to also book the exercise I call the 5 Whys?” 

Q: ​What gap does the bullet journal method fill or what does it do uniquely in this very crowded space of helping people understand how to structure their time to be more effective and perhaps more meaningful?

[28:56] A: “It’s purpose should be defined by each individual user. What’s important to me is not important to you.”

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Expert Bio 

Ryder Carroll, an digital product designer and author living in Brooklyn, NY. Diagnosed with learning disabilities early in life, he was forced to figure out alternate ways to be focused and productive. Through years of trial and error, he developed a methodology that went far beyond simple organization. Now he focuses on helping others learn what the Bullet Journal method is truly about: the art of intentional living.

Contact Info for Ryder Carroll

Web address: https://bulletjournal.com/

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​Books Authored by the Guest

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Resources Mentioned During the Interview

https://bulletjournal.com/The Bullet Journal Method – Bookhttps://bulletjournal.com/pages/book

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