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Lots of anecdotes, but very thin on actual information
17 December 2018
I've been using an form of journaling inspired by Ryder Carroll's Bullet Journal for about three years, and while I'd like to read about the ideas that others have been able to implement to help organise themselves I often find that Bullet Journal websites are more focused on "good vibes" and aesthetics than productivity. I was hoping that a book from the man behind it all who seemed to come from a business background would have some more actionable ideas for the journaling professional.
Unfortunately, I found the book to be written in the style of a lot of American "self improvement" books, where there's about ten pages of useful information and the rest is "inspiring" anecdotes and a barrage of repetition. The excerpt you can read here on Amazon about how how Sandy changed her life is very representative of the next 300 pages, and if you're not rolling your eyes into orbit when reading that you'll probably get more out of the book than I did. It seems to me that Carroll has moved away from his original audience of busy office workers and has embraced the adult colouring book and "live, laugh, love" stencil market.
All that said, there's a little expansion on the ideas from Carroll's website, so if you'd like some more examples on how to break up tasks and subtasks there's that, although I don't feel it's enough to justify the price of the book at all. Perhaps it would be worth it if you picked it up second-hand in an Oxfam, which is where my copy will be going.