Recent Chronodex Highlights: Time Management in a Distraction-Free Environment.

An organized mind has greater clarity
and
a mind organized in a distraction-free environment will reach that clarity much faster.

In this post, I wish to promote the immersion into a distraction-free environment when working on your time management system. An environment with minimal stimuli, where your mind can truly attend to the complexity of your thoughts and then organize them in the most beneficial of ways.

 Focused organization is important:  Too often our busy lives force us to multitask when we should be more single-task oriented. Too much multitasking will leave our days filled with underdeveloped thoughts/actions and inefficient uses of time. A few years ago I reached my fill of shallow organization and challenged myself to evaluate the situations I am better off multitasking and those times I do the best single-task work. In summary, I have found that multitasking works best when executing a well thought out plan and my time for focused single-task work is when I am planning/ evaluating & reflecting on a project.
As a side note, upon finishing this critique is when I decided to commit to a specific analog time management system. I  chose the Chronodex (along with bullet journalling and mind mapping). 

Look for your optimal environment to organize yourself:  Everyone's idea of what is a quiet, distraction-free environment is bound to be a bit different but there are three lowest common denominators that we should all try to strive for: as quiet as possible, with as few distractions as possible and in a physical place that makes us comfortable. 

The benefits of organizing in a distraction free environment:  You will find that once you have found your ideal place and time to work on your time management system:
1. Solutions come faster because of the greater focus
2. Solutions are more developed
3. Emergence of more fruitful project tangents
4. Reflection becomes more meaningful
5. The next day is more productive and thereby more fulfilling (if you can stick to the plan)

Life is busy enough, I challenge everyone to at least organize it in a pressure-free, distraction-free environment.

A Quick Glimpse from My First Posted Chronodex

A comparison of my first posted Chronodex from August of 2013 to a select few from last month:

Isn't it amazing how a day can take forever to pass, yet a month breezes by and a year can be gone as soon as it started? 
Since starting this new Squarespace I have been forced to search through the archives of my past writings. Every now and then I have come across a post that I personally have found interesting. One such peaked interest hit when I came across the first Chronodex I posted.  I simply couldn't believe that so much time had passed since then, nor the fact that I am still a VERY active user of this excellent tool.

In 2013,  I had written about the need to initiate Patrick Ng's Chronodex in order to maximize the free time I had available on a specific work day. My hope was that by visually presenting these "free blocks of time" I would be able to set reasonable goals in what I can accomplish. An additional goal was to use the time it takes to make the Chronodex to really think about the exact tasks I was going to conquer.

As of today, my 2013 hopes for this time management device have worked out excessively well. So much so that it has become an essential component of my day. I always look forward to those moments of reflections whilst creating the Chronodex.

Below is my first posted Chronodex from August 2013. Through the years I have come up with different visual styles and themes to keep the endeavor fresh and fun to make.

  My first posted Chronodex from August 2013. So simple looking.

My first posted Chronodex from August 2013. So simple looking.

Some constants over time have been my fondness of knolling, presenting the tools I used to make the Chronodex and keeping the image to a fairly contained space. 

The one variable that has changed the most is the uses of filtering to present a more atmospheric reflection of my thoughts.

 

  GREEN STRIPES - BLUE STRIPES CHRONODEX, 10.23.2015

GREEN STRIPES - BLUE STRIPES CHRONODEX, 10.23.2015

  DRAPING RIBBON CHRONODEX, 11.3.2015

DRAPING RIBBON CHRONODEX, 11.3.2015

  HAPPY FOUNTAIN PEN DAY CHRONODEX, 11.6.2015

HAPPY FOUNTAIN PEN DAY CHRONODEX, 11.6.2015


  CORNER BURST CHRONODEX, 11.20.2015

CORNER BURST CHRONODEX, 11.20.2015

  POSTCARD CHRONODEX, 11.22.2015

POSTCARD CHRONODEX, 11.22.2015

  4X ESTERBROOK CHRONODEX, 11.24.2015

4X ESTERBROOK CHRONODEX, 11.24.2015

  THE LETTER "J" CHRONODEX, 11.25.2015

THE LETTER "J" CHRONODEX, 11.25.2015

  CUT CHRISTMAS TREE TRUNK CHRONODEX, 11.27.2015

CUT CHRISTMAS TREE TRUNK CHRONODEX, 11.27.2015