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 Takeaways 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 who inspired or influenced you that you think of today?

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

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

[6:08] A: “You can solve your 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 won’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 becomes 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 an 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 has much more depth to it when it is connected to your reasons or why for doing the tasks you’re doing. That’s such 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 also to 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 crowded space of helping people understand how to structure their time to be more effective and perhaps more meaningful?

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

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Expert Bio 

Ryder Carroll is a digital product designer and author living in Brooklyn, NY. He was diagnosed with learning disabilities early in life and 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 the 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/

Travels from: Brooklyn, NY 

 Social  Media Links: LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram

​Books Authored by the Guest

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

Resources Mentioned During the Interview

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

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