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The Original Bullet Journal ® by Ryder Carroll

Developed with Ryder, exclusively at LEUCHTTURM1917

A notebook which helps you to organise your everyday life and keep a constant overview of all your tasks, goals, ideas and thoughts? A notebook you can adapt to your individual needs and preferences? What we’re talking about is a Bullet Journal, one of the biggest trends of recent years. At the heart of everything: the notebook. Bullet Journalling is extremely popular – and has been for years. We are hereby letting you into the secret of what all the fuss is about by presenting the Original Bullet Journal® by the designer Ryder Carroll, in cooperation with LEUCHTTURM1917.

Bullet Journal

Why a Bullet Journal

Every day, both at work and in our private lives, unanticipated challenges lie in wait. But once we have written them down and organised them into some meaningful order, we can overcome them: To-do lists are the core tool and give structure to our everyday lives. We use them to be able to logically process tasks and, thanks to these lists, we never lose sight of our plans.

Despite all the technical innovations in the age of smartphones and tablets, one invention is outlasting them all: the Bullet Journal. At first glance, a Bullet Journal appears to be a straightforward notebook – but upon closer examination it reveals itself to be a structured everyday assistant.

How can an apparently old-fashioned book trump every mobile app? Because no app is as personalised as a Bullet Journal which you set up and maintain yourself.

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How to set up your Bullet Journal

You will generally use the first page of a Bullet Journal to write down the legend for your to-do lists. Ryder Carroll has already come up with a number of symbols to use – which often end up being modified. It is a customisable system, after all.

An example of a to-do list which uses Ryder’s system: a normal task is marked using a dot, the bullet point. The tasks for one day are written down in a list, one below the other. Once a task has been completed, you turn the dot of the bullet point into a cross. You turn the dot into an arrow which points to the right if you need to move the task to the next day. An indispensable aid in this task is the dotted ruling: this gives you the structure you need, but sets no limits to how you lay out your pages.

Your individual character will drive the constant development and adjustment of your Bullet Journal. From amongst the large and creative community, all sorts of clever ways of keeping a Bullet Journal have been invented. Get inspired by some other ideas and discover helpful videos related to the topic of Bullet Journals at

Ryder Carroll’s philosophy

At the beginning of the 2010’s, New York designer Ryder Carroll developed his first Bullet Journal. No system for planning what he wanted in terms of the medium and the feel of the thing existed, and nothing was as flexible and customisable as he wanted it to be.

So he came up with his own system, which was greeted with great enthusiasm all over the world. Ryder describes the principle of the Bullet Journal as “an evolving, adaptable practice meant to be self-curated as you determine what works best for you”. In other words, the way you keep your Bullet Journal is completely up to you. You just need to find out the way that works best for you.

This also means that you can change the design of individual elements at any time. A Bullet Journal can therefore be anything – a minimalist to-do list, a traditional household planning and budgeting book, or an artistically designed diary. There is nothing to limit your creativity!

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