The other day while aimlessly stumbling around the interwebz I stumbled upon this thing, a time management system called “Bullet Journaling”.
I’d never heard of it before, well, at least not called that. I know, I know, some will ask how I could have never heard of this, it’s been a
‘thing’ for quite some time now, a very popular thing even.
As I looked around on the webz, I could see this thing, bullet journaling, had exploded onto the scene in about 2013 and had taken off significantly
since then. I could see some people were really into it too and many of their bullet journals bordered on works of art. There were blogs galore
showing off bullet journals, and websites like Instagram and pinterest had millions of examples.
The history of bullet journals allegedly goes like this; back in about 2013 some college student with ADHD named Carrol, felt he needed to come up
with an organization system to focus his daily life. He’s since written a book on the subject and presumably made millions of dollars on his
As I continued my research into the subject, I began to think about modern society today. You see, I guess I’ve been “bullet journaling” for
the better part of forty years now and didn’t know it. I didn’t know it was called ‘bullet journaling’. In fact, when I first saw it was a
thing, I actually wanted to research it further because I couldn’t really believe it was indeed a thing. And this made me think of modern society
It seems like today we see so many examples of people making a fortune out of taking a thing, which was always a thing, and officially making “a
thing” out of it. From a capitalistic perspective I say, good for them...in a P.T. Barnum sort of way. But from an originality standpoint I have
to ask…really? But, but…it’s “gone viral” (I hate that phrase by the way) people say. Okay, but people have been keeping bullet lists for
decades, what’s so new about this particular version?
Oh sure, Carroll’s version of his “viral” bullet list system has some unique elements, but these elements aren’t new; they’re just a
repackaging of things which other people already invented decades ago. People like Franklin-Covey with their Franklin Planners, and Daytimer and so
many others. All Carroll did was steal elements from each of these systems and glue them together to come up with a new system called “Bullet
Journaling”, and suddenly it’s this new “viral” thing.
But, but…they’re so pretty, people say. Yes, some of them are indeed quite imaginative, cool even, some even masterpieces of art and creativity,
but even these are a product of something else. When you step back and look at some of these works of art what you see is a fusion between a calendar
/ planner system, scrapbooking and doodling.
Now, I’ll admit I am a compulsive doodler, especially when I’m bored. And, as many here know, I love all things stationery, paper, pen and
pencil. So, as I look back, I guess I’ve been “bullet journaling”, we all have really, long before some guy named Ryder Carroll had to tell us
what it was.
Just an observation I guess; life goes on.
P.S. Oh, and if you'd like to see some examples, well, have a look...
Some Bullet Journal Examples
edit on 1/12/2020 by Flyingclaydisk because: typos