How to Declutter Your Mind by Keeping a Journal | Ryder Carroll – TEDx Yale

Being busy doesn’t always mean being productive. Ryder Carroll shares the story of how a system he developed to manage his childhood attention deficit disorder now helps people worldwide achieve their goals with greater efficiency and satisfaction. Ryder Carroll is a digital product designer and inventor of the Bullet Journal. He was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, but now lives in Brooklyn, NY. He enjoys serving as the Lead Designer at Idean in New York City. He’s been featured by the LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Bloomberg, Vogue, and Mashable. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Transcribing this video for my own use, lol. I feel like I absorb things better this way.

Ryder Carroll

I believe that we’re responsible for creating the moments of joy in our own lives.

We can’t take credit for a beautiful sunrise, but we can take credit for being there, to see it. We can take credit for the decisions we made that allowed us to experience that moment. You decided to leave the house early. You decided to go for a hike.

But making good decisions is really hard. It’s something I’ve struggled with my entire life. When I was young I was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. At the time there wasn’t alot known about the condition. and there were no resources. not to mention  that there was no internet. So the few tools that I could find, were either too rigid or too complicated. They didn’t work the way that my mind worked. A big misconcemptiuon about ADD is that we can;t focus. In my experience I could focus.  I was just focusing on too many things at the same time. So over the next 25 years I silently made it my mission to design my own resources. OVer time, I actually outgrew my ADD, but I found that my methodologies stayed relevant, incredibnly helpful. So I shared it with a couple of my friends who also found it surpringly that they too found it helpful. Who knew? I designed it for myself I never assumed it would work for other people. But with that in mind about three years ago, I built the website and shot some videos to teach the system to others, in hopes that it’ll help others the way that it helped me. I called the system the bullet journal. If you search for the bullet journal on YouTube or Instagram today, you’ll find hundred of thousands of people that have adapted the bullet journal to help them deal with challenges in their own lives. Those tutorial videos have been seen over five million times, it’s incredible. I wish i had that knowledge when I was that young struggling kid. And that’s why I;m here to share what I learned with you.

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