What’s a Chronodex?
The Chronodex started out as a journal/diary system created by Patrick Ng, but a lot of people use the term to refer to the visual time tracking and time management tool Ng used in his system. It’s laid out in a circle, like a clock face. 12 is at the top, 6 is at the bottom, and so on. AM and PM times overlap, although some are omitted altogether. (A lot don’t show 3am, for example – although, if that’s a time you usually are awake you can certainly include it!)
What I’m doing:
Mine is probably most similar to the Spiraldex. Although, to be honest, I came up with it completely away from the Internet, with only a vague memory of what the (original) Chronodex looked like. (I think it was also about 12:30 in the morning? Don’t judge haha.)
I’m using two spirally spreads per day.
The large one is for planning and scheduling the day. This is what I want to get done and when. Also if I have any scheduled events like my day job or appointments, those go here first so I can plan everything else around them.
The smaller one is for tracking what actually happens. I fill this in throughout the day and reflect on what I’ve done and what I have left to do.
Blank Alexi-dex spiraldex daily layout from @thealexidavis at alexidavis.comBlank layout for Monday, Jan 30th0
In progress Alexi-dex spiraldex daily layout from @thealexidavis at alexidavis.comSomewhat filled in layout for Thursday, Jan 26th0
In progress Alexi-dex spiraldex daily layout from @thealexidavis at alexidavis.comSomewhat filled in layout for Friday, Jan 27th0
I’m using a nifty weekly layout.
It’s spread across two pages. One is a mini calendar that’s divided by days of the week. At the top are the days, at the bottom are the dates. Each day is divided into three sections. The first section is Work & School, for listing my work schedule and planning what school work to do that day (since I take online courses, this is crucial). I also list bills in this section. The second section is AD Backend, and that’s for writing and coding tasks for this site, for my future ebooks, and for my development projects. The third section is AD Posts, and that’s just a weekly editorial calendar telling me what gets posted on which day.
The other page is a habit tracker. I track which days of the week I work at my day job, do school work, writing projects, coding, social engagement, and self care. Which is a lot of stuff! But the habit tracker is a judgment free zone. It’s just there to keep track of what happens and what doesn’t happen. No feeling bad about myself allowed.
The notebook I’m using is a Casemate Open Spine Lay Flat Journal from Walmart, sadly no longer available. However you can find a similar notebook from Paperchase at a reasonable price.
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What About You?
Have you tried a Chronodex system, or a derivative like the Spiraldex? Share your experience with us in the comments or over on Facebook!