The Sketchnote Army Podcast: Season 4, Episode 2: Ryder Carroll

Ryder Caroll

In this episode I welcome Ryder Carroll, creator of the Bullet Journal to the show. We talk about the origin of Bullet Journaling, and how sharing his approach to help a friend opened his mind to the power of his methodology.

Listen as Ryder talks about being reflective about the things we want to do, and that sometimes this reflection might reveal we don’t need do some things at all.

Enjoy this crossover into analog productivity!


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  • Intro
  • Intro
  • What is bullet Journaling? And Ryder’s superhero origin story
  • ADHD
  • Sharing with a friend
  • Putting the Bullet journal online
  • Gained from other sharing, so he shared
  • Picked up on Lifehacker
  • Simplified to basics
  • Not everything took off “Is this something I want to exist?”
  • Removing friction and making things to make things a little easier
  • The limits of Analogue and the Bullet Journal App
  • Process and Product benefits of Bullet Journaling
  • Try it for 2 months
  • Sketchnoting & bullet journaling together
  • Being the doodling kid & Education
  • Ryder’s Three Tips
  • Ryder also can’t match Pinterest bullet journals
  • Get out of it whatever you can


  1. Keep it simple
  2. Make it your own
  3. Be patient with yourself



Special thanks to Christopher Wilson for the show notes!

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