How to use a chronodex to track time in your bullet journal

One thing the bullet journal base system lacks is a way to easily schedule tasks. As a result, I’ve been trying out a bunch of different time trackers as modifications to the system, one of which is the Chronodex.

chronodex

I’ve been obsessed with the Chronodex for years. The Chronodex is a time tracker shaped like a clock. It’s divided into four sections, which are then subdivided into hours. The hourly sections jut out at various lengths, which makes it easy to read.

chronodex-original

However, I tried drawing it and hated the process (circles, ugh) and cutting and pasting printed out copies didn’t appeal to me at all.

After experimenting with the #paralleltimeladder, I wanted to try the Chronodex out. I used a similar system in college and loved it. The best solution seemed to be getting either a stamp made or using custom stickers.

So, I googled “make a custom stamp” and came across RubberStamps.net. They allow you to upload an image and have it turned into a stamp. I modified a Chronodex image, uploaded it, picked a 2.5×2.5″ stamp, and used their image editor to confirm the stamp was correct. A week later, I had my stamp!

chronodex-stamp

It’s beautiful.

Here’s how I use it:
1. The night before, I stamp it into my planner.
2. Then, I schedule out my meetings plus time to commute.
3. Next I add appointments.
4. Then I schedule out time for specific, high-priority goals I’m working on.
5. Any other work or odd tasks get scheduled last.

If I’m worried my schedule may change, which happens occasionally with meeting time roulette, then I do all of this on a post it and transfer it to the Chronodex as my day progresses.

Here’s how my Chronodex looked one recent morning, before work:

chronodex-1

Here are two filled out:

chronodex-2

If you’re looking to get a consistent feel for a complicated time tracker, think about picking up a custom stamp.

Supplies used:

Highlights: Tombow N60 Brush Pen – it’s cheaper to buy these in a pack, as a heads up!

View more photos over at my instagram!

This post isn’t sponsored by RubberStamps.net. I just love my stamp!

I’ve also made a video about how I use the Chronodex to plan my day and some common questions. You can check it out here!

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3 Comments

  • Martha

    December 7, 2016

    I’m retired and feeling resentful of calendars, clocks and time trackers. Yet I have a fairly busy life and need to schedule or I won’t find time to do the things I’ve always dreamed of doing. I have a 92 year old mother who lives nearby and a boyfriend who is on the road a lot and has an erratic work schedule. I find I’m always needing to drop what I’ve planned to meet someone else’s needs. Plus, I have fibromyalgia, which saps my energy. So I appreciate your post. Maybe I can try something similar to make the most of the time I do have.

    I saw your rubber stamp idea on pinterest, but your post isn’t as explanatory as I need it to be. I’m thinking your day is already divided into chunks by … what? mealtimes? work day schedule? I’m not sure what. Is commuting time already blocked into the rubber stamp design? The rubber stamp is cool, but might not be flexible enough for a lot of people.

    Since I don’t mind cutting and pasting into my calendar, maybe I’ll print up a few chronodexes and give it a try!

    Reply
    • wireandmagic

      December 11, 2016

      I’ll be posting a video this evening with more information on the stamp! Hopefully that’ll clear up some questions.

      I’m thinking your day is already divided into chunks by … what? mealtimes? work day schedule? I’m not sure what.

      I divide my day up by how long I estimate it’ll take me to do my most important tasks. The larger, most important tasks typically take an hour or two, and I set up “small task” blocks of time when I have a bunch of tasks that take less than ten minutes.

      Is commuting time already blocked into the rubber stamp design? The rubber stamp is cool, but might not be flexible enough for a lot of people.

      I bake commuting time into my activities. So if I have a doctor’s appointment that takes 15 minutes to get to, and it’s at 3, I’ll start my time block at 2:45. However, I’ll write down the appointment is at 3. I also don’t typically note my commute to work. I work from home half the time, and the other half, my commute is 25 minutes by bike. I tend to leave my commute blank if it’s by bike.

      You could also use a different color for commuting and call it out specifically. I don’t, but my commute is almost never longer than a half hour anywhere, and I wear a fitbit, which tracks my biking.

      Hope that helps! Do you have any more questions?

      Reply
  • Heather Hale

    August 25, 2019

    I’d love to buy a similar stamp. Could we use your template? All the ones I see online start at 12 noon or are 24 hours.

    Reply

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