The Analog System for the Digital Age (Plus, a Hack I Guarantee You’ve Never Heard of)

I like to take hand written notes. Taking notes is great – it keeps me awake during boring meetings (no, never in a meeting with you!), helps me remember things that I think I’ll never forget and I just love being able to flip through and find obscure things that just don’t go anywhere else. I also have a general hang-up about pulling out my iPad or laptop in a meeting and typing in notes. So, handwritten notes are my thing.

I also like to-do lists. I have lists for all kinds of things.

My problem is that I’ve yet (until now) found a really good solution to help me with both my love of handwritten notes and the necessity of accurate, up to date and easy to navigate to-do lists.

I’ve tried Notes, Keep, Asana, Basecamp, Evernote – you name it – I’ve tried it. I still use some of those tools for the things they do well (especially for team collaboration), but none have satisfied my cravings for organization, freedom and control like the Bullet Journal technique.

Have you heard of it?

The Bullet Journal technique was officially invented by a Brooklyn, New York digital product designer named Ryder Carroll. Although, I’m sure many other people have naturally gravitated to very similar systems.

Check out the video below for a great introduction to the Bullet Journal (BuJo).

How to Bullet Journal

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Oh, and by the way – you don’t have to buy anything! Although, I recommend a Moleskine and Staedtler pigment liner. 🙂

Bonus Content – Bullet Journal Hack: Want to know how to add digital, fully customizable content to any page of your paper journal? Click here.


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