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.
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.
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!
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:
Here are two filled out:
If you’re looking to get a consistent feel for a complicated time tracker, think about picking up a custom stamp.
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!