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Productivity Cast

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The weekly show about all things personal productivity


035 What Is the Bullet Journal? How Does It Work? – ProductivityCast

Do you use paper for your productivity system? Do you use a digital system? Or, a hybrid productivity system? In this episode of ProductivityCast, we highlight the Bullet Journal, an all-paper productivity system developed by a productivity enthusiast, Ryder Carroll. It doesn't matter what you use, you can learn a thing or two about your own productivity system when you look at how others "on the other side" use their systems to get more done.

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In this Cast | What is the Bullet Journal?

Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud

Francis Wade

Art Gelwicks

Show Notes | What is the Bullet Journal?

Resources we mention, including links to them will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.

Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal - Getting Started

Example of a Bullet Journal - Ryder Carroll - Image

More artistic version - Image

Dash Plus

Bullet Journal Companion (iOS)


MSFT OneNote

MSFT Office Lens (iOS) (Android)

Bullet Journal Resource Center

WTF is a Bullet Journal

Robert’s Rules of Order, 11th Edition

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Voiceover Artist 0:00
Are you ready to manage your work and personal world better to live a fulfilling, productive life? Then you've come to the right place productivity cast, the weekly show about all things productivity, here are your hosts, Ray Sidney-Smith and Augusto Pinaud with Francis Wade and Art Gelwicks. Welcome

Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:17
everybody to productivity cast episode number 35. And I'm Ray Sidney-Smith. I'm joined here today with my co-host, Augusto Pinaud. Good morning, everybody. And I'm also joined by Francis Wade, how's it going, Francis? Good. And I'm joined by Art Gelwicks. How's it going? It's going well. How about you, it's going really well. I'm excited for this episode, because we're going to let you kind of take the lead here and talk about something that you know quite a lot more about them than the rest of us here on the productivity cast team. And that is the bullet journal so I'll give you my couch bullet journaling expertise definition and and then I'm hoping that you can educate listeners on and us about more about what the bullet journal really isn't how it works. So as I understand it, the bullet journal is a complete handwriting paper and pen productivity system. The mechanism allows you to create a kind of an index at the beginning of an of a journal. And then you have your your monthly calendar and then monthly task list and you track your items that are calendar events and your task items you perpetuate v existing items forward in your journal throughout the course of the journal itself. And obviously throughout the course of time with a monthly review that allows you to transfer things from one month to the next and then from one week to the next as well is that the basics

Art Gelwicks 1:55
it's it's part of the basics. Yeah, that's that's what some of the core functionality thinks about.

But it's bullet journal is is become or has become its own, I almost want to say metaphor for productivity, I would put it almost analogous now with getting things done. And the reason why I say that is because it has developed a very rabid following around the benefits of it. Now, let me backtrack a little bit and explain you are absolutely right o...

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