You might have seen them around – but the spiral time tracker can look like a dashboard from a spaceship, something you’d see coming out of star wars
When I was first introduced to the Chronodex I was incredibly confused and felt really overwhelmed by the images and the confusing nature of the image. Once I investigated more – I was pretty comfortable with it and loved how it represented my time.
I started trying it in this post here which actually covers a variety time management tools. But here we will delve more into the Chronodex ad Sprirodex as a tool for project and time management.
So lets get cracking with our 25 gorgeous Chronodex and Spirodex bullet journal layout ideas!
The history of Chronodex
The Chronodex was originally created by Partick Nga over at Scription, this is what he said about the original style of time management:
The more important time slices can be drawn larger, activities can be dots or pies (petals if you will) depending on duration or importance, space on a page is no longer limited to grids. Basically you can roam freely and be amazed how beautiful your week can be.
What’s more is that your mind gradually deviate from the rigid format a typical diary imposes on you, creativity soon flourishes.
What is chronodex and how does it work?
The chronodex looks like a fancy clock face or a dashboard on a space ship. It can look and feel extremely confusing but once you get using it, it starts feeling more normal.
It’s absolutely designed at multitaskers and shouldn’t be confined to the lines – but can be far more flexible than other time trackers. It contains either 12 or 24 hours.
It can be a really graphical way of visualizing your time and time management. When you account for your time in detail you have more ability to track and amend the time to be more efficient and effective.
Essentially there are 3 different lengths of time which really just equate to “short, medium and long”. Those 3 times can either all be fore and and the different tasks you do – or can be focused on different people in your family, or people on your work team.
Being a multitasking tool, you’ll notice that if you can place things in that you can do together with something else, you’ll fill up heaps of the areas of the chronodex. So for example you can cook dinner, but also be meal planning for the next meal during the same time.
So here – I’ve used the basic chronodex and planned out my usual day – the colors represent simple things like checking emails, answering calls, writing reports.
Spiraldex versus chronodex – what’s the difference?
Spiraldex is also 24 hours or can be 12 hours with 30min increments, however, its only one line of information captured. Its more flat than the multitasking capability of the chronodex. So how is the Spirodex different as a time management tool? Will it isn’t really, its just simpler and in a super cute spiral.
Again it can look pretty daunting but really shouldn’t be. Its really just a circle version of a flat time tracker.
I have personally used both – and really like how you can potentially use the spirodex to track daily habits or as time management/ time tracker tool.
So let’s use it together below! Here is a video that outlines how you can draw and develop chronodex or spirodex in your bullet journal!
How can I make my own chronodex or spiraldex?
It can look really challenging to make this style of time tracker, but there are some really simple tricks to this –
- Print out a template to a size you like and stick it into your planner or bullet journal
- Use a stamp to recreate the shape
- Use a stencil to draw the shape – or even if you have a cricut cutter make a small stencil yourself! So simple right!
Looking for that awesome stencil?
Some super fun things to make your chronodex and spirodex drawing easy!
Here are 25 examples of amazing featured chronodex and spirodex bullet journal layout:
Masha makes using the spiraldex and chronodex a real breeze with these templates.
What I love about this simple view of the chronodex, is it has a simple key, using colors to keep track of the multiple tasks ahead for the day!
A great way to make use of the chronodex or spiraldex is to use it as a time tracker for things you are trying to track, this might be sleep, work, exercise and it gives you a good idea where you are putting your time or where you are prioritising your time.
One of the amazing reasons the chronodex is a great tool, is because it can be replicated at any size in your journal, notebook or planner. You can easily see trends. Another use is to add weather trackers to the middle part, if tracking weather is something important to you.
Here the spiraldex has been taken to an entirely new level using it for habit tracking! This is a great way to see when things are due for the month! I love how simple it is to see what sort of habits you might want to track for the month!
I adore this little
I think one of my favorite things about this style of spiraldex is the way the creator is tracking every hour of their day through doodles. These doodles are amazing and represent an incredible way for memory keeping!