I mentioned in my bullet journal system post a week or so ago that I used the Chronodex system for day planning. I have a love/hate relationship with Chronodex. I admire the concept behind it and mind-mapping is one of my go-to strategies for problem-solving, writing assignments, etc., but as a planning system, I’ve found it difficult to use; however, I’m persevering. Below is a two-page spread in my Piccadilly journal of a day last year during one of my clinical placements. (Note: Piccadilly medium size notebook has 31 lines not including top and bottom margins, and is roughly the same size as a Moleskine large notebook. Each line is approximately 6mm wide)
I like that Chronodex allows you to think in a cycle, but at some points when I was using it, I left like it was never-ending, and I would carry my work over into the night. When I was using the linear day planning method, I was able to block out sections and there wouldn’t be an overlap anywhere. If you have a look at the pink and orange coloured areas, this is where the AM and PM overlaps in the Chronodex. It’s probably just purely a psychological thing for me, and the fact that it was a very time-demanding workplace. I also found that, as my workload increased, I would carry over onto three or four pages of bullet journalling. Hence why I’ve carved up most of my notebook already! In saying this though, I also found that I can’t forward plan as quickly and efficiently (trust me, there have been a few appointments I’ve missed), and I’ve have to block out sections in my week to set my Chronodex up for the week and carry over all migrated items and follow-up appointments. It has, at times, been very messy.
For the Chronodex section, I block out the sections, colour it using a highlighter (or whatever was available at the paediatric clinic, like a crayon or texta/marker), then write the time, client/patient name, reason for appointment and whether it is an initial assessment (IAx) or therapy (Rx) – e.g. 1045 [name] sph, IAx. The coloured hatching on either side is my admin and prepping time for each client/patient.
For the bullet journal section, here is an explanation of the following annotations:
- Δ triangle = appointment (time, client/patient name, assessment/therapy/review, type of problem), e.g. 0830 V Rx (therapy) $g 1 (stuttering stage 1 Lidcombe Program) #12 (session 12)
- square task box with ‘C’ in the middle = call a person (@person to be called, RE: reason), e.g. @M RE: confirm initial assessment appt Wed 11/12 1200
- square task box with ‘E’ in the middle = email a person (@person to be emailed, RE: reason), e.g. @E+B RE: more hours
Every bullet point that is related to a section in the Chronodex is colour-coded accordingly. For example, for the green coloured parts, this is my admin time, and in this block, I want to accomplish all the highlighted bullets below, which are mainly phone calls and emails. All work-related bullet points are colour-coded, everything else (i.e. personal tasks, etc.) is left as is. I also use an arrow (i.e. bullet journal’s ‘migrated’ symbol) and place the date of the client’s/patient’s next appointment in the margin, e.g. 11/12:0945 means 11th December at 9.45am.
And that, my lovely planning friends, is how I have incorporated Chronodex with bullet journalling.
I would love to continue with this method, but I’m not sure how sustainable it is. If anyone in the bloggersphere has any suggestions for day planning that can easily be integrated with bullet journalling, please feel free to comment/email away, I would really appreciate some advice! I would like to know: What has worked/failed? What have you adapted/altered? Is it sustainable?
Happy planning :)