Ryder Carroll is a New York Times best-selling author, digital product designer, and inventor of the Bullet Journal method. He’s had the privilege of working with companies like Adidas, American Express, Cisco, IBM, Macy’s, and HP. He’s been featured by the New York Times, LA Times, Fast Company, Bloomberg, Lifehacker, and Mashable.
He is the author of the book: The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future. Below is the full transcript of his TEDx Talk titled: “How to Declutter Your Mind – Keep a Journal” at TEDxYale conference.
Ryder Carroll – Author
I believe that we are 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 that we made that allowed us to experience that moment. You decided to leave 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 was not a lot 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 misconception about ADD is that we can’t focus.