Ryder Carroll is a digital product designer and the inventor of the Bullet Journal.  A life changing organizational system that has helped hundreds of thousands of people take control of their lives.  In this conversation, we talked about how having ADD helped Ryder develop the tools that eventually became the Bullet Journal, how to figure out if something is important to you, and why he tries to make as few decisions in a day as possible.

And “almost” complete list of what we talked about:

  • How he overcame ADD
  • How having ADD helped him develop processes that became the core of the Bullet Journal
  • Taking visual “doodle” notes
  • Why Ryder has only one Bullet Journal
  • Why you need to build friction into your Bullet Journal
  • How to figure out what’s important to you and what’s not
  • Why Ryder uses his Bullet Journal as a brain dump, not a scheduling tool
  • How to determine if a goal or desire is worth pursuing
  • How to make your Bullet Journal really work for you
  • Step by step how to plan out your goals
  • How to get out of analysis paralysis
  • How Ryder plans out his Bullet Journal
  • How Ryder plans out his day
  • Why Ryder tries to make as few decisions in a day as possible and keep his life in autopilot
  • Why you might need to scheduling out play time
  • Do you have to be an artist to Bullet Journal? What Ryder thinks