Time management optimization... I'm always looking for different and effective ways to enhance time management. I've learned better managing what you have to do frees you up for what you want to do. I've bumped into a novel approach to day management that you may want to try out.
We're all familiar with daily planner pages that use a grid/table to track the day (8 am at the top / 5 pm at the bottom).
This novel version I've found, uses the clock dial to visually map time. It's basically a pie chart of your day.
There is something about seeing my day presented on a wheel like this that makes me feel I have better control of my time. I like seeing the spacial relationship between projects/tasks.
I found this on the X17 website (myX17.com). They produce planners and notebooks... But what makes their system unique is that they use a series of rubber bands to hold multiple mini-sections in one book. (detail below)
You can mix pages that are blank, pages that are lined, a calendar, and an address book in the same journal. And... one of the inserts you can buy uses this clock dial planner!
I looked all over the internet to see if this was a standard template I could find. No luck. So the folks here at the Idea Sandbox Institute have re-created it.
Below is a sample blank page.
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Here I've filled it out similar to the way they do in the example from the X17 site.
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How to Use It
- Draw lines from the center to the hours you have appointments.
- Shade in the inner portion of the dial for in-office events. Shade in the outer portion for out-of-office events.
- Add meaningful names to your events just outside the marked time.
- Curving arrows can indicate a block of time.
If anyone is familiar with this tool, please let me know. I'm deducing from the example from the website that this is in fact how to use this planner.
Click to download a: Scalable Vector PDF version or a JPG version. Print at the proper size for the planning system you use. These are half-letter sized. (5.5" wide x 8.5" tall or 014 x 21.5 cm)
The X17 site is in German and French, but it uses plenty of graphics so you can figure out what you're looking at. To view the inserts available on the X17 website, follow THIS LINK and and click on Recharges. There you'll see all that are available.
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