In this day and age, we’re using technology for almost everything. Whether it’s for keeping notes, making to-do lists, planning your week, or simply sharing your thoughts, there’s an app for anything we need.
But is using them always a good idea? Pen and paper have been used for centuries by people to keep track of their activities, come up with ideas, and organize their life. And there are certain benefits to using your hands to write things down – one of them being it allows your mind to focus on other things also.
Today, I am joined by Ryder Carroll, the creator of the Bullet Journal Methodology – a mindfulness practice disguised as a productivity method, as he would call it. You will hear him talk about his method – how he came up with the idea, how it’s evolved over time, and how people are benefiting from it to keep track of tasks and manage a whole wide variety of life situations, by using just pen and paper.
Ryder is also the author of the bestselling book The Bullet Journal Method, an essential guide to avoiding all-too-common beginner mistakes and building a core discipline from which you can personalize your practice.
Tune in to Episode 92 of Technology for Mindfulness to learn how to focus your time and energy in pursuit of what’s truly meaningful to you and design your future in the process.
Some Questions I Ask:
- What was the problem in your life that you didn’t see being solved by other types of task management, that caused you to come up with something new? (05:46)
- What are the key aspects of the Bullet Journal? (11:36)
- Are you encouraging people to explore what works for them individually? (18:29)
- Can you talk about how your active community uses the Bullet Journal Method? (19:49)
- Is there anything new that you’re coming up with for the Bullet Journal Method? (34:05)
- Do you have any advice for people on how they can benefit from the Bullet Journal? (35:15)
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- The beginnings of the Bullet Journal Method. (07:26)
- Why Bullet Journal is different from other productivity methods. (13:05)
- The powerful connection between your mind and your hand. (15:28)
- How to balance distractions. (16:49)
- How low-tech tools can sometimes be more useful than technology. (21:59)
- How pen and paper can help with using technology more intentionally. (25:24)
- The goal of the Bullet Journal Method. (27:27)
- How a notebook can become an extension of yourself. (32:20)
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