The Crazy Suburban Mom: Simple is my quiet mantra....

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Simple is my quiet mantra....

Ever since reading a late August Philofaxy Blog post, I've been thinking about planning needs for next year.  I do change inserts and binders from time to time but my method of planning is relatively consistent. While the inserts themselves vary a bit, the bones are consistent;  a year overview, a weekly version, and some sort of open format daily page (just a graph or lined page).

This last week I wasn't feeling well - At. All. - thanks to some messy bronchitis/asthma drama and when I finally went to the doctor ( four days after I should have)  I was pretty sick.  Still am, even after getting a gaggle of prescriptions.

I already take two medicines daily plus an assortment of vitamins and supplements so keeping track of what the heck I take when has always been a challenge. With the prescriptions for my current wheeziness it got a lot harder.

One thing my set up doesn't have is a timed area.  I tried writing down what I took and the time on my daily and weekly pages but it flopped. Hard.  There was no order to it.  I wanted to be able to tell what I took and when to take it again with a glance but my pages looked like a sack of jumbled scrap yarn.  Nothing was separated out or in an easy to decipher format... Each page looked like an explosion of multicolored thought threads.

I'm giving Patrick Ng's Chronodex a try because  I've been fascinated by the concept for years, it's free, and I was able to print it easily (Hallelujah!)

It's different and there is a learning curve but considering I never thought it would work, it's been remarkably easy to implement.  It always looked very intense to me and hopelessly complicated but it's far simpler and WAY more intuitive then I'd imagined...

Chronodex fun on a friday night

Thanks to an increasing number of videos on the subject  recently ( See Maryanne Moll, Sarah Pings and Kent's videos ) I've been able to give it a whirl. Even if it doesn't work in the long term it solves my current 'no timed area' problem and will help me take all the meds I need  for the sad face my lungs are giving me.

Plus it  saves me from buying (yet another) set of pages this year (Insert another Hallelujah! here).   I think the pages are visually attractive so I don't feel the need to decorate (the washi is covering  text that is part of the design).  Pretty much the only thing I use is the template I bought from my favorite etsy shop, Kawaii Tokyo (she's stocking them now!), a pen, and something to highlight the meds I took.

As to whether this is something I will use into 2014... Dunno. For me planning is always an evolving thing depending on current needs.   Organization isn't natural to me so there is a lot of trial and error but the less it feels like work, the better it functions.  Simple is my quiet mantra and as Leonardo da Vinci said,  Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.


Rori 9/7/13, 12:43 PM  

Hope this finds you feeling LOADS better!!
Thank you for this post, I would never have looked into the Chronodex stuff if I hadn't read it. Makes oodles of sense, and so much better looking than linear planning! O.O

Tracy Reinhardt 9/7/13, 12:53 PM  

Rori, I'm still not feeling good - I think I need to be on prednesone again - Super yuk face....

it wasn't until I started watching the recent chronodex videos - particularly the ones my maryann moll that made me think ....hmmm, maybe.

I wouldnt be using it if I hadn't watched them Just never considered it something I could even understand... If you haven't seen hers check them out. And if you try hope you do a video too, everyone has such a unique perspective

LJ 9/8/13, 1:21 AM  

Sorry to hear your feeling rough :-( I watched Kent's Spiralex video yesterday and now finally understand how it works, after being utterly confused when I first saw them - having the attention span of a gnat doesn't help. I really hope these work out for you, it sounds like they could be ideal at the moment.

Elizabeth Gonz├ílez 9/8/13, 10:45 AM  

Oh... I do hope you get better soon... With my Thyroid problem and Hormonal inbalance I have to take 5 medications a DAY and I suck at it... Sometimes I only take 2 or 3... I do need a system to keep track of the times that I take them and If I took them every day :(

Maryanne Moll 9/10/13, 2:25 AM  

Hi, Tracy! I, too, have asthma, and I get a major attack about once a year. When that happens, my pulmonologist also makes me take steroids, which I don't like but have to take anyway. So sad to hear about your condition, but the good thing about it is that it will pass.

Thanks for linking me up! I really appreciate it. I started using the Chronodex for a very shallow reason, actually. I just loved how it looked, especially the way Patrick Ng designed it on his Midori Traveler's Notebook! Haha! But now I have moved on from the MTN to a ring-based system, and I can no longer last a day without the Chronodex, the way I cannot last a day without a watch, or without a glass of water.

You're right, it's way more intuitive than it looks! Kent's Spiraldex is also very good, and I'm glad that we have more options now.

Do get well soon, and thanks for sharing your experience on the Chronodex.

P.S. I love KawaiiTokyo, too! Their templates are something I can really use with my own Chronodex, like yours. :)

Cloudberry 9/10/13, 1:03 PM  

Hope you get well soon. I went down with a sore throat/cold as soon as the weather turned this week.

I found this Chronodex style insert (FC possibly FF size), but I resisted buying it as I have flipped insert far too many times this year.

Tracy Reinhardt 9/10/13, 1:06 PM  

Lj, working on it :) Planning is sort of ever evolving :)

Elizabeth, It so hard to manage multiple meds for me...

Maryanne - One a year for me too. Unless there is something in the summer but usually not. I certainly feel for you - being on steroids doesn't feel good at all... And I love the way they look too. I kept looking for so long until you posted your videos actually - something about the first few you did really cleared it up for me. And yes, her templates are so great. She recently started carrying them, before that she would get the ones I wanted but now they are in her shop and she has different kinds. I just ordered another one :)


Tracy Reinhardt 9/10/13, 1:08 PM  

cloudberry - that is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time!!

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