Welcome to our second installment of “Ask The Bullet Journalist,” where I will be answering your most asked questions. Take a look and let me know what you think. Most importantly, leave new questions for the next episode!

In this episode we cover:

1. The relationship between the Monthly Log’s task page and the daily log.
2. Work vs person Bullet Journals.
3. On hoarding pages.


About Ryder Carroll

Ryder is the creator of the Bullet Journal. He's a Brooklyn-based digital product designer and art director.
  • JenniferO

    Excellent info. I’m just getting started and enjoy the two episodes you’ve done. I was about to buy one of those crazy expensive binders when I came across a mention of your system, so started looking into it. I’m so glad because it is exactly what I’ve been looking for in a life management system.

  • Rick Lobrecht

    One thing to think about concerning combining work and personal into one bullet journal is the potential for your bullet journal to be seen by others. Two examples I’m aware of: someone worked for a government entity, and when their project was under scrutiny, their work/personal planner was included in the project documentation and was seen by a lot of people. The second example involved a lawsuit, and the same thing happened. The persons work/personal planner was gathered as evidence for the lawsuit. Think about the personal information in your Bullet Journal and then decide if you want to risk it to a work audience.

    • Suzi Mac

      Great point Rick and one that I’m aware of in choosing to separate home and personal life into two separate volumes!

    • LeatherCol

      Good point. I guess the thing is, as Ryder says, go with what WORKS for you but take all factors into account when weighing up your decision. I’m lucky…I’m really clear about who I am and my work space is cool about me so combining work and personal in the bujo doesn’t seem too much of an issue. And most guys don’t go around reading other guys’ journals…(what they’d make of some of my collections is anyone’s guess!).

    • Ken Schellenberg

      Great point. I’m a government employee sobthis could be an issue.

  • Steve LW

    I’m finding these videos really valuable, thank you.

    Regarding the monthly log vs daily log question, one thing I haven’t worked out is how to decide what to do next. Do you only do things on your daily log, or once completed do you start doing things on your monthly log then past daily logs? Are your lists short enough that you can pick what task to do next or do you have a system for working through the past month for open tasks?

  • Caio Luiz

    Great questions so far.

    My question for the next episode is: How to deal with recurring tasks?
    Let’s say you have appointments (or classes) every day but at different times. I like to write them in my daily so I can know how much busy I am at a given day and when I’ll have a free time so I can plan accordingly. The problem is, my dailies tend to get really cluttered and these recurring tasks don’t add too much value to my reflection.

  • Nikels

    Hi, i was looking blog post about bullet journal and i was wondering if you will do a version of the bullet journal notebook with all the text in spanish. I have severals friends that i think this sistem can help them but i can’t be with them every time they have a question so i think it would be great if there was a bullet journal notebook in spanish (or in other languages).
    I’m from spain, sorry if there’s mistakes on the message. 🙂

  • Kian Mokhbery

    Great video Ryder!

    One question is have is how to best share the bullet journal system in the moment. I have been developing my own system in bullet journal for 6 months and it’s working great for me but new bullet journalists may find it daunting to see all I’ve done and don’t know where to start.

    Any recommendations on how to share it effectively before guiding them to you videos and web? I’m looking for quick tips in the moment to get people excited and see themselves using it too.