Bullet Journal Method Book Review


What should I be doing with my life?

How the Bullet Journal Method book by Ryder Carrol got me to think about my life’s purpose and direction.

For those of us that use the Bullet Journal system, we fill our books up with daily and weekly tasks and tread a fine line between being productive and being busy. After reading the Bullet Journal Method book (twice!) it has helped me reevaluate my whole outlook on life, and working towards a direction I want to be moving.

Two months ago I looked back at my completed daily tasks and there wasn’t a single item on the list that made any impact on the following day. I caught up on laundry, cleaned the bathrooms, prepped all the meals, etc, and I would need to be repeat everything the following day. It felt like my days were being compartmentalized and I would never get the chance to move forward.

Stepping back for a minute, if you haven’t started bullet journaling, here is a quick summary of the process:

The official tagline of the book and the system as a whole is, “track the past, order the present so that you can design your future.” When I read this book the first time, it felt like these tag lines and others like it throughout the book were simple passages. I didn’t give them any thought and moved through the text to the more interesting stories about Ryder and other artists he mentions. It was upon my own reflection that these simple quotes started to make sense.

Leading an intentional life is about keeping your actions aligned with your beliefs. It’s about penning a story that you believe in and that you can be proud of.
— Ryder Carroll

The term ‘intentional life’ is not new to Ryder’s writing as he had a TED talk on this very subject and it is well worth the time if you haven’t seen it yet.

This book is expertly written and it includes so many references to scientific resources that it does an incredible job at explaining how and why the system works. While parts of it can be dry, it avoids adding unrealistic promises or hooey to the book which I prefer. As you work though the steps you find yourself and the book acts as a wise mentor showing you the way, without getting in the way.


The section that surprised me the most was toward the end of the book when Ryder talks about putting the system into practice. He wants the best for all of us and his writing is at times, inspiring. When he writes, “If you don’t do, if you don’t dare, then you rob the world-and yourself-of the chance to contribute something meaningful.” The time used for reflection in our journals is key to the purpose of the system. While it takes time to do this, it is one reason why it works so well and keeps us all on task at the greater life purpose. I like the Bullet Journal App as a gentle reminder to take some time each day.

BuJo App

If you don’t have time to read the hardback book, the audio version is a perfect substitute and is read by Ryder himself. He is a great narrator and to hear him tell the story about his apartment flooding and losing his portfolio, you can hear the pain in his voice. You can find the audio version HERE.

Book Elements

Now that you know why I think you should read this book, here is how Ryder laid it out.

I. Preparation

  • Introduction into the BuJo system and the tools you will need to begin (i.e. a notebook and pen)

II. The System

  • Beginners guide to the BuJo layouts (Index, Future log, Monthly log, Daily log, Rapid logging, Collections and Migration)

III. The Practice

  • Learn what you are in control of, the meaning of each thing, what is worth your attention, and why.

IV. The Art

  • Custom collections to fit specific needs


Moving Forward

As I mentioned in the beginning that my daily tasks were dominating my time, I have made great progress in looking forward and using my future log more to work towards future goals. I found that by creating more time in my day for personal development I am happier, even when working on the same mundane tasks. By waking up at 4:30am each day and running while it is just about light outside, I have taken control of my life and feel amazing for it.


I can’t recommend this book enough as it brings together some incredible ideas and science behind getting organized and leading a better life.

If you are interested to start reading, Ryder has recently launched a huge book giveaway. Read more and enter HERE.

You can also find the book on Amazon HERE.


To help you get started on your own Bullet Journal, I would like to host a giveaway of four Leuchtturm1917 notebooks as seen in the image below. Please enter the contest below for your chance to win!


Giveaway Signup

Drawing will be on June 21 at 12pm EST. (US entries only)

Write Your Book in a Flash Book Review


Even if you have never thought about writing your own book, after reading this book, I believe you will begin writing one.  This book makes the whole process from start to end so simple that it is hard to get stuck.  The subtitle of the book “The Paint-By-Numbers System to Write the Book of your Dreams-Fast!” is a bit corny, but after you get into the system, it starts to make sense. Below is a personal review I have done on this book (which I received for free) and would like to share with you why this is a book worth reading.

The best part about this book is the layout and delivery method. Everything is broken up into short, easy to read, and quickly understand sub-sections. Short stories and examples help move the process along and after a brief intro into how the system works, the book begins actively engaging with you to help start you out.


The direction provided by Dan Janal is backed up by his work career starting with his being part of the initial AOL public relations team, followed up as an award winning journalist, and also from the thirteen books he has written on business and coaching. 


To help pick the topic of your book, Mr. Janal asks what format and style your book will have.  Will it be a summary of blog posts, or a large thought leadership novel? This helps set the stage that your book will stand on when you get into what the book topic will be.


Personally, I decided to use the ‘Blog Post’ book style, and to model the ‘How To’ genre. This was even before I knew what my topic was going to be! By picking these two options I was directed into topics that I knew about and have already written about to get moving forward. I have been working on a side project for a few years to make folios and notebooks. It has been a struggle to find US manufacturers that will work with startup companies, and I want to help other people locate and pitch their idea to manufacturers so they can start working on a prototype right away.


From here, the Mr. Janal helps take all the proper next steps to push you through writing out a great book.  The book itself even acts as an example for how something should look when it describes what you need to focus on.  If you ever get stuck, there are also lots of reference pages on the website       


For my book, the chapter outline worksheet was the most exciting. I felt like I could start writing my book right away after I did this exercise. Mr. Janal recommends using 10 chapters to start with and name a theme for each one to get a solid working structure. His point in doing this is very clear,

Your book could have 10 chapters or 20 chapters. It could have 2,000 words or 65,000. So many choices! That’s where a lot of would-be authors get stalled. They don’t know how many words, how many chapters, or how many “anythings” they need to put in their books. They don’t even know when they are done!

One last item I will mention is that we have all heard of the importance of storytelling, with anything we write or talk about.  This book actually goes into the mechanics of becoming a storyteller so you don’t even need to be good at it.  This is a relief for me, as I have never thought of myself as a good storyteller and it is a great help to have this guidance.

 In summary, this book is short, it is only 175 pages, but it is a must have item if you ever need to write a book.  I highly recommend it and I have already decided that this year in November I plan on writing my book for National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo.  I also have been hesitant in the past to write a book because of how few people actually read books.  The upside I recently discovered is that it is easier than ever to have self-published books turned into audio books.  On and you can find professional readers, and they will do all the production work.  

I wish you the best of luck if you are planning on writing your own book and let me know if you have any questions!

I received this book free of charge from the kind folks at but all the above are my honest thoughts and hope they help.




Hoverpen Review


The perfectly balanced pen has arrived.

The team over at Shanpo have created an amazing pen set, and sent me a prototype to check out before they launch on Kickstarter. I also had an opportunity to ask them some direct questions on the design and their team.

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Using magnets, the pen stand holds the Hoverpen perfectly vertical. The stand and pen are not as heavy as I expected them to be and the more I look at them, the more it feels like a trick. I feel like the pen should tip over at any minute. My kids still think it is magic, and even though I have experience working with neodymium and ceramic magnets, I kind of feel like that too!

I haven’t ever wanted a pen stand on my desk as I prefer a clean work surface, until now. This is one that I will always want beside me to play with and use. The pen cap clicks onto the base as a holding spot while I use the pen.

Smooth ballpoint feel and good line weight without any skipping.

Smooth ballpoint feel and good line weight without any skipping.


Built from only 4 parts (Cap, Body, Refill, and End Cap) the design is very simple. Only the refill is branded in the version I received so there are no visible names or markings on the exterior. The pen weighs a mere 0.53oz (with the cap) and is 5 1/4in long. The ballpoint pen lays down a very fine line and is almost a dark grey color which is rather unique. Anyone writing with a bit of pressure can get a darker line if needed, but the lightweight pen matches the line weight perfectly.

Further, the pen cap magnetically snaps back on with a satisfying “click” and the end cap slides on with such precision that it vacuum seals to hold the cap on tightly.

The version I received to test is similar to that of the aluminum on my apple laptop. From their website it appears there will be four different color choices.

Click the image to go to their Kickstarter project page.

Click the image to go to their Kickstarter project page.


1. How did you come up with the idea of the Hover Pen and how long have you been working on this?

The Founder of Shanpo, David Liang, majored in physics in university, and studied electromagnetism. To him, the electric field and magnetic field are twins. There're so many people put efforts in developing electronic products, but very less people put attention to the magnetic. To us,  we think that the pure magnetic fields are very "attractive" (pun intended) and with great potential to bring something new-amazing designs to life. Thus we've been thinking what we can do with magnetic forces. One midnight, it came to David's mind to combine magnets into our daily tool --- the pen. He wanted a very stylish and "attractive" way to stand on the desk. It had to be very stylish, so you can't help but want to pick it up and use it.

We soon made the first prototype of Hoverpen. The way to stand the pen, at that time, was too simple, and we found there was already the same type of pen in the market (horizontally). We didn't want to give up, so we spent a year making tons of prototype with various way to make the pen stand on its own. It wasn't easy, but finally, we cracked it. The Hoverpen was born. 

Now the latest Hoverpen allows you to spin it, it's easy to pick up, and the way the pen stands is stylish and unique. A must-have on one's desk. 


2. Who is working with you to help design and build the pen? 

Shanpo, our brand, was established initially by David Liang and his friend, Wei. Wei was David's classmate from kindergarten all the way to senior-high school, so they grew up together. Wei is an industrial designer. All the visual elements of our products and brand are designed by Wei. Our core value is to create unique products with whole new experiences for grown-ups.

3. What is your personal background in designing and why are you interested in creating this pen?

David majored in physics in university and studied business management in graduate school. Science always fascinated David. However, compared to academic study, he was more passionate about designing unique products that had a bit of mystery to them. He believes that the Hoverpen will amaze people with the magnetic, a natural force of nature. The fact that with the magnets, the Hoverpen can literally stand infinitely, without having to use electricity! David believes that the Hoverpen can literally "attract" people to write with pens again, instead of taking notes with electronic devices. 

Let's put down the phone and experience the enchantment of the Hoverpen!

4. Is this your first design project and first time using Kickstarter?

To be honest, this is our second Kickstarter Project. Our first product was a "Stereo Puzzle", a user-friendly DIY speaker series, bringing you fun and functionality. Although the project successfully funded, and was even selected as a "Project we love" by Kickstarter, we didn't put much focus in marketing so it did not raise as much funds as we would have hoped. Equipped with more preparation and more experience this time, we hope to have a much more successful project with the Hoverpen.

5. How long do you anticipate it to take for production and shipping?

After the quantity is confirmed, the estimated time to manufacturing time is 2 to 3 months, and we anticipate to take one months to pack and ship all the packages.


This is a great looking pen stand and is fun to play with while brainstorming. I am excited for the Kickstarter launch and believe this will be a big project. I looked into their first Kickstarter project (a DIY stereo puzzle) and was impressed with their product, but more importantly they have great communication with backers and good solid updates on production. While I didn’t back this, I would have liked to!

I look forward to backing their new project and wish them the best with their Kickstarter launch!




Cold Weather Pen Test


With the cold air temperatures rolling in, I decided it was time to test which of my pens will work outside, and also see what happens to fountain pen ink when subjected to the extreme cold overnight.

Part I


I tested 11 pens that i use on a regular basis and left them outside for 24 hours. The temperature when I put them out was 10 degrees and the low for the evening was 0 degrees.


The paper is a Clairefontaine ruled notebook and kept the paper the same for the before and after samples. The top line for each pen is the before freezing, and the second line is after the pen was left outside for 24hrs.

Every pen wrote perfectly!

Every pen wrote perfectly!

After being in the freezing temp all day I tested the pens and every single one wrote exactly the same! This was surprising as the ink in the fountain pens is water based and the gel inks should have been affected.

Looking closely at the TWSBI Go pen (blue pen in above picture) I thought it was frozen but perhaps it was just because it was full and didn’t look like it was moving.

The James Brand Benton Pen - Find it  here

The James Brand Benton Pen - Find it here

The pens didn’t even need any work to get them writing. I started writing as soon as they came inside and while they felt frozen, the ink flowed perfectly.

Going a bit further, I wanted to find the freezing temperature of the inks but came up short. If anyone knows where to find this I am all ears!

I know there are inks made specifically for cold temperatures like the Noodler’s Polar Inks that has a freezing point of -114 degrees. Find it here.

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Part II

After the first test of 11 pens, the weather dropped well below zero and I did a test with a mix of pens and fountain pen ink.


I left these pens and ink out for 72 hours that went through two snowstorms, and a low temperature of -20 degrees.

The result was fairly surprising once again….They all wrote very well after a little short ‘warm up’ period!


The one that took the longest to get warmed up was the TWSBI GO and you can see the ink had a hard time flowing consistently. The ink didn’t freeze inside the pen so I attribute this to the nib being so cold.


As for the ink sample, this was frozen solid as well as the Lamy cartridge.

So, thats it for the cold tests. Thanks for reading and let me know if I should test any other pens or ink this winter!



PS. In case you want to know which candy bar is best to pack on cold trips, the Butterfinger is your best bet. I learned this from my friend Sam that used to do this crazy race on the Canadian border called the Arrowhead 135. This is a race along the Canadian border in January that he needed to pack high caloric snacks with him. After lots of candy testing, the Butterfinger doesn’t freeze into a brick like a Snickers, FYI.


Willpower - Book Review

“One of the most common reasons for the self-control problem is overconfidence in willpower.”


Willpower is a resource that we need to spend time exercising and using wisely to avoid overwhelming ourselves and failing to achieve personal goals.  This book helps explain what willpower really is, what it can do for us, and the limits of willpower.  Supported by scientific studies and research, this is a self-help book without any of the fluff.

1. Willpower is a limited resource.  You only have one source of willpower for all the needs of the day and the willpower to resist sweets uses up the same reserve of willpower for dealing with annoying coworkers.  Each is using self-control and the studies outlined throughout the book show that these take a toll on us throughout the day. 

2. Our environment can either help or hurt our willpower.  After working hard to be patient and kind to everyone around us, it is vital to construct an environment that does not tempt us too much when our self-control is depleted.

You may not care if your bed is made or your room is clean, but these environmental cues subtly influence your brain and your behavior, making it ultimately less of a strain to maintain self-discipline.
— Page 252

3. Take on one big thing at a time. When trying to lose weight, it is best to focus your energy solely on this. This will require a lot of willpower and as this is a precious and limited resource, it will increase your odds of success.  Further, at the end of the year, be sure to only make one New Year’s resolution.

No-one has enough willpower for that list…Each time you try to follow one, you reduce your capacity for all the others.
— Page 38

4. Willpower is directly connected to Glucose levels.  If your body runs out of glucose it will affect your decision-making ability and cause you to make bad choices. Our bodies will crave sugary foods to replenish the glucose levels and will make it harder to stick with diet goals.

5. Avoid conflicting goals. For example, setting a goal to be promoted and spending more time playing golf will likely result in failure in one or both goals. There are three outcomes in conflicting goals as demonstrated in a study published in 1988:

1.     You worry a lot

2.     You get less done

3.     Your health suffers, physically as well as mentally

6. Willpower can be strengthened with exercise.  Like any muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it will get. By choosing things to exercise self control, like sitting up straight, overall willpower increases not only in posture, but in other tests as well. 

7. There is something called 'Decision Fatigue'. The more decisions we need to make in a day, the more it will affect how we make the choices at the end of the day. This concept is demonstrated through multiple studies but the main point is this, if you are forced to make a lot of decisions in a short time, be prepared for the fatigue that sets in and know that you will need to work harder to make positive choices. 

To learn more about this concept click Here.

8. Know your limits – We overestimate our ability to control ourselves.  The odds are against us, but we can proactively set ourselves up for a better outcome with a little planning.  (For this reason, I decided to use M&M's in the photo above rather than a donut!)

9. Pre-commitment is the ultimate offensive weapon for self-control. “Buy junk food in small packages or keep them out of the kitchen altogether. Plan meals by the week, rather than on the spur of the moment when it’s already past dinnertime and you’re starving.”

10. Self-control is the most underappreciated character trait.  After reading this book it is clear that we need to put a higher importance in controlling ourselves. As shown in the Values in Action Inventory of Strengths study, self-regulation is typically last place when personally rating the list of character strengths. 

Self-control is ultimately about much more than self-help. It’s essential for savoring your time on earth and sharing joy with the people you love.
— Page 260

In summary, I wouldn’t say this is a must read, but it is a must listen to.  The audio version is very well done with the intro done by the authors, and the main reader doesn’t add that typical self-help soft voice. You can find it Here.

Triggers Book Review

Trigger Cover

This book is perfect for anyone that wants to get their professional and personal life back on track. 

I first heard about this book from Myke Hurley and CGP Grey on the Cortex Podcast and they both gave it very positive reviews.  The author, Marshall Goldsmith is a professional coach and has a unique method of getting his message across.  He is also only paid after the people around the individual he is coaching agree that the subject has changed for the better.

Here he is in a TED Talk from 2005


There is so much to unpack in this book as it is full of useful examples so to keep this review short, I’ll focus on a few of the main topics as to why you should read it.


As the book’s name identifies, the first step in working to better yourself, is identify the triggers that are causing you to feel stressed, upset, regretful, and resentful.  The paragraph that I personally identified with was right at the beginning: 

Regret is the emotion we experience when we assess our own present circumstances and reconsider how we got here. We replay what we actually did against what we should have done-and find ourselves wanting in some way. Regret can hurt.

Once identifying the triggers that effect us, the book goes into how we react and process the impacts on us.

We seldom recognize that self-control is a limited resource. As we become tired our self-control begins to waiver and may eventually disappear.

By acknowledging we all have a mental “leader role’ in the morning, but by the afternoon we should take more of an ‘employee role’ and stick to what we set out to do by following a guiding system.  The system to use is laid out in the second section of the book.

II. The 6 Questions to Kick-Start Change

  1. Did I do my best to set clear goals?
  2. Did I do my best to make progress toward my goals?
  3. Did I do my best to find meaning?
  4. Did I do my best to be happy?
  5. Did I do my best to build positive relationships?
  6. Did I do my best to be fully engaged?

While these are all very general, this is only the starting point for the questions that matter the most to you and your goals.  Specific questions are encouraged once you identify what you want to work on, like eating fewer carbs.  The transformative substance of the book explains that focusing on effort, rather than results, is the main objective in the short term.  Each day if you asked yourself how well you tried, it makes you much more accountable.

The daily questions are scored on a number system 1-10 on how well you tried to do something.  Here are my own questions I came up with and so far after starting this program I have lost 5 lbs after 2 weeks.

Active Questions

III. Structure

For my personal goals, the structure is what I had been missing in the past.  Once you have the data from the daily questions, or that you already know you would like to improve, the structure is there to help. The examples in this section provide evidence to show that by setting up things for yourself ahead of time, you will be able to achieve the goals you set out for yourself.

This section also shows where you may suffer and how to get avoid failing. One of the main points made in this section deals with something called Emotional Depletion. 

Basically, all the natural urges we try to rein in during the day have the potential to rush toward center stage as the day progresses and our depletion increases. It doesn’t mean they will materialize, but they’re lurking within us, waiting for the right trigger.


I would say that this book is geared more to the professional life, but it has many personal aspects that make it a well rounded read.  You can find it on Amazon here.  I also recommend the audio book version as it is shorter than most books at about 6hrs.

Here is a longer list of questions to get you started.

Here is a longer list of questions to get you started.

To get you started on your own list of questions, I would like to host a giveaway for a free copy of Triggers, as well as a Leuchtturm1917 notebook with matching pen loop!  Simply comment on this blog or on the social site about one thing you are working on to better yourself or want to work on.  Drawing will be made on Friday, June 29 at 12pm EDT. Good Luck!


Complete TUL Pen Review

For anyone that has gone into an Office Max or Office Depot in the past few years, you likely have noticed the large TUL pen display with hundreds of pens.  I tried to ignore the shiny display of writing "tuls" but finally started trying them out and want to share my thoughts on the distinct writing/drawing experiences. 

TUL Pens

To begin, the name TUL is written with a macron over the 'u' making the vowel long so it is pronounced "tool."  I talked to the folks over at Office Max about these pens so you can find out more about the brand at the end of the review.

TUL vs tools


Currently, the pens offered are Ballpoint, Gel, and Rollerball, and each comes in Fine (0.5mm) and Medium (0.7mm) points.  They did have a marker pen in the past, but they did away with these. From time to time there are also limited edition colors available, and I’ll talk about these further down.  

Overall, all the pens write very wet.  Even the ballpoint lets out ink much faster than any pen I can compare it to.  If you like this characteristic, you will love the medium points as they put down a lot of ink, very quickly.  I found this was a nice benefit the faster I wrote, but can get a bit messy. 


The ballpoint pens come in the standard colors of black, blue and red. After using these pens to sketch for a while, I noticed the ink has occasionally created a small glob.  After looking at other reviews, this is not uncommon and may be created from the paper being used.  I tried it out on some smooth Rhodia paper, and didn’t have an issue.


The Gel pens come in a large range of colors and include some very bright color sets.  These are perfect for those that like to add color to their bullet journals and planners.  The ink is super smooth and the black ink lays down a very rich dark line. These are all retractable/click pens for easy transport and have sturdy clips.  The color packs come in 8 or 14 sets.

Gel ink color pack of eight.  See the Giveaway section below for a chance to win this set!

Gel ink color pack of eight.  See the Giveaway section below for a chance to win this set!

The gels also include a needle tip if you are going to use them with a ruler and both tip types are well constructed with no noticeable movement when writing. 

Needle point vs cone gel pens

Needle point vs cone gel pens


My favorite of the pens are the Rollerballs.  These have a great overall design appeal, as well as a larger barrel diameter that fits very well in my hand.  Again, they are quite wet even for a rollerball but the lines are still nice and clean if I write a touch slower.  There are not as many color choices like with the gel pens, but the black is a great dark rich ink, and the blue is nice and bright. 



Finally, the TUL line-up also includes the mechanical pencil in 0.7mm.  These have a solf rubber coating on the full length of the barrel and is a nice unique touch for pencils. The barrel is also slightly larger than typical pencils and fit well in my hand.  The pencils are now offered in several color choices like blue, purple, pink and black.

The really nice feature of these pencils is the 1 inch eraser built into the back of the pencil.  It unscrews as you need it and fits securely to the end.  The clip is the same as the pens and is solid.


The complete lineup of pens and pencil writing samples

Writing samples

Something I also love about these pens are the limited editions they put out roughly twice a year.  Currently, the "Bright's" color pens are offered, but there is a new one coming soon!  See below in the Q&A for the date.  A few of the previous limited editions are available on Ebay, and the rose gold pearl edition is getting quite expensive.  A set of 4 ballpoints are going for $47!  

Copper Metal Rollerball 2016 Limited Edition

Copper Metal Rollerball 2016 Limited Edition


I wanted to find out more about these pens and so I reached out to Office Depot and they were kind enough to share their thoughts on a few items:

How do you come up with the new limited edition colors?

We love our limited-edition colors because they allow us to showcase the pens our customers trust for outstanding performance in a unique way. Each limited-edition story and color palette is carefully selected by our in-house designers based on the anticipated trends of the season. We also recently introduced our exclusive line of TUL notebooks and accessories into these limited-edition collections.

Can we start to get excited about a new limited edition or new product coming out soon?

Earlier this year, we launched TUL Brights pens available in 14 vivid colors and note-taking system available in four bold limited-edition colors that TUL enthusiasts can purchase online or in store. Look out for our newest limited edition pen and notebook collection in stores and online in October – our most giftable TUL collection yet!

What is the meaning/history behind the name TUL?

TUL was developed by OfficeMax in 2006 as an exclusive writing brand that delivers affordable luxury to our customers. We strive to be the go-to tools for entrepreneurs and business leaders who are seeking products that inspire with design and are precision engineered for outstanding performance.

Can you share how these pens are made or a bit about the design process?

Each one of our TUL pens is precision engineered, hand assembled, and hand tested for outstanding performance. We take pride in ensuring our customers that our pens consistently deliver smooth, vibrant lines at first write. And, we believe the discipline and rigor behind the making of these products helps us deliver on that promise.

I highly recommend you check these pens out and if you go this week they have some great Back-to-School sales.  The clearance sections of the stores also have some good deals as well.  Amazon carries them, but without coupons and sales available, the prices are a bit too high for my taste.  

Also available under the TUL brand are the customizable notebook systems.  These are getting very popular due to the growing range of paper choices, cover colors, and sizes available.  I haven't used these yet, but I know from friends that they are really handy.  Check them out here.

The disks hold all types of page refills depending on your needs.

The disks hold all types of page refills depending on your needs.


TUL Colors

I picked up an extra set of gel color pens and want to give them away!  Please sign up for my newsletter below to enter.   Random drawing will be held this Friday at midnight for US residents.

First look at the new Bullet Journal Companion App

Bullet Journaling Companion
Finally, a great Bullet Journal App to go along with the paper notebook.
— Everyone

Ryder Carrol has released a beautifully designed app to work alongside your Bullet Journal. While this is not to be used as a replacement of the journal, it is a great resource and reminder tool.

The main premise of the app is to encourage the user to reflect on the day with two reminder notifications.  If you click on the notification you are rewarded with an inspirational quote and the satisfaction of crossing off the day off in the calendar.  

Companion Calendar

The Morning reflection helps to give the day purpose and the one at night helps review and catalog the day to help remember what you accomplished.

Priced at $2.99, this app is designed for the beginner and intermittent bullet journaler that wishes they could remember to update their journal every day.  For some journalers, this price will seem high as they don't need a reminder for something they do naturally.  However, for the beginner just starting out, this app is a must have.  The cost is the same as buying a pen loop or a new pen to use with the journal, but this app has some really nice features for those just starting up.

  • Articles - If you are not convinced of the benefits on Bullet Journaling, or need some inspiration this is a collection of well-written blog posts.
  • Guide -  This is the collection of all the beginner videos introducing the core concepts on Bullet Journaling.
  • Reflection - This is basic premise of the app and based on Ryder's recent TEDx talk about Leading an Intentional Life.
  • Store - It is scary easy to buy a new Bullet Journal designed by Ryder and made by Leuchtturm.  
My personal BuJo

My personal BuJo

If you are interested in the app you can find it HERE.

In case you haven't seen Ryder's TEDx talk, here is the video.  I liked the analogy of shopping while hungry.

If you have the app, do you have any thoughts on using it?