We’re happy to bring you all another awesome ‘Goulet Guests‘ today. Brian was able to Skype with Ryder Carroll, creator of the Bullet Journaling System, which is a method of note-taking and personal organization to help you focus on what’s most important in your daily life. Ryder has developed this system over the last 25 years and has really picked up steam the last few, especially within the fountain pen community.

Goulet Guests - Ryder Carroll, Bullet Journaling

In this episode, Brian & Ryder talk about the ins & outs of the bullet journaling system, his relationship with Leuchtturm, finding motivation, and a host of other interesting topics! Here’s an overview of the questions they talked about:

  • What is ‘Bullet Journaling’ what does the system entail? (0:53)
  • Lately, there has been a resurgence of people wanting to go analog, is that something you have always had as a part of your life that you wanna bring forth? Or is it more of an opportunistic thing you noticed in the last few years? (1:52)
  • What experience have you had with fountain pens specifically? (3:44)
  • How did you link up with Leuchtturm?  Any plans at a future collaboration with them? (5:54)
  • The bullet journaling community has grown exponentially – did you ever imagine that this is where it would come from (your willingness to give the information about bullet journaling to the community)? Or is that what you set out to do from the beginning? (11:55)
  • What is the profile of someone who could benefit from the bullet journaling system? What is your take on the whole community? (13:40)
  • Are you linking up with other bullet journalers in the community? Who are some of the people that you are working with? (16:18)
  • Is the bullet journaling system more about effectiveness than it is about efficiency? (19:33)
  • Having recently launched your own app, that seems to counter the analog types that bullet journal. How is this app going to help those people? (26:40)
  • What is your personal process on a daily or weekly basis for people who are interested in just starting out? (31:59)
  • What is your take on failure and how has that affected where you have ended up in life? (36:46)
  • What is it that most inspires you out of all of this? What impact do you want to leave on the world each day? (41:19)
  • Now that you have a TEDx Talk out there, you are putting yourself out there for the Bullet Journal community – Is that a more natural place for you? Or is this a new adaptation for yourself? (44:28)
  • Where does your fire or motivation come from? (46:56)

Be sure to check out the Bullet Journal website, and follow Ryder/Bullet Journal on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, & YouTube! You can also find past Goulet Guest interviews here.

Let us know what you thought of the interview in the comments below! Have you tried the bullet journaling system?

Write on, 
The Goulet Pen Company Team