The Crazy Suburban Mom: Chronodex Core Planning

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Chronodex Core Planning

Chronodex cores are like snowflakes and vary as much within the same user as between different ones.    I can't remember ever seeing two that looked the same and I've tried - I'm an unrepentant Chronodex image stalker.

It's hard to explain why they appeal to me because for years I didn't think I could plan that way.    Despite looking at hundreds of them and reading explanations ad infinitum,  I didn't see planning, I saw a beautiful story in a language I didn't understand.


A lot of the appeal seemed to be the ability to see a day as blocks of time with only a quick scan.  That wasn't something I normally need.  I have a lot of things to do and single items to track but on a daily basis it's more about getting quick tasks  done then it is sectioning off my day.


A few months ago when I was ill (asthma) I needed a way to track medicine.  I wasn't going to be on any of it long enough to build a habit and I needed to take it perfectly.  Some I took once daily, some a few times a day and some I took only when needed.  And  the doses varied.

I needed a way to track by time and something that would be easy to decipher with a glance. I couldn't find any stashed inserts with times so I decided to print out a chronograph.  It worked incredibly well, so well that now when I have a day heavy with timed things I add a Chronodex core.

I print them (several at a time on  a4 paper sold at JetPens ), cut them up, and keep them in my planner to paste  on daily pages.


If you want to try one but, like me, don't quite understand how to plan a day with them I have a suggestion: Print a core and fill in a busy, past day.  Trying to learn how to plan on a blank core can be a little intimidating so  learn how they work first.  Filling in a day you're familiar with  gives you a frame of reference you won't have otherwise and after I did that the whole thing started to make sense to me.

I think there is a learning curve with Chronodex (and for that matter, any planning system you've never tried). Some people get it right away but others, like me, just sort of stare at them and don't know where to start.  Practicing on past days helped me a lot.  

I have to admit, a major reason I love them is a visual thing, that they work as time management is just a bonus.  The cores have an ASMR-like appeal to me;  modern and at the same time, worn-in and disheveled. I can look at images of them all day long, their steampunk vibe just pushes my happy buttons.


Chronodex cores are the brainchild of Patrick Ng.  He blogs about them (and many other wondrous stationery things) at Scription and can be found on Instagram, Flicker and Facebook.  He offers the cores and dated printables (many for the Midori Traveler's notebook) free on his blog.

If you've ever wanted to try them, do.  Filling in a past day helped me to understand them and while I don't use one every day, I use them every chance I get.


Anita Lim 11/9/13, 5:44 AM  

Thanks for a great post.
I really like the chronodex, but haven't got round to using one yet. I also like the visual aspect, mixed in with having space to make notes around the outside :) 11/10/13, 4:51 PM  

I'm so glad you wrote this because every time I look at these, I feel stupid. I haven't been able to quite get it. I'll try what you said and fill in a past day or two and see if that helps it click.

Thank you.

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