I am sorry for not having written anything for nearly two weeks, I have been with a serious case of writer's block, which I am now trying to break by posting this entry now.
I wanted to tell you about my latest 21Kittens project:
The Dial Organiser!
It is an idea I have had for a while now, ever since I saw Muji's Chronotebook online (sadly discontinued).
At first, I thought of making my own Filofax refills, but because I was so enamoured with my Filo and its own system, I knew I would not use them. So the idea got shelved.
A few years later, I was reminded of the dial system when I saw the Chronodex, created by Patrick Ng. He even made a downloadable version compatible with the Midori TN, which has a very cool design!
I used his system on a few occasions when I needed extra help with organising my tasks, and I must say it came in quite handy and helped me get things done!
I must say though, that the only thing that doesn't quite work for me, is that only one dial is used to represent a whole day. The area alloted from 9 to 11 (both am and pm) get very crowded and confusing.
Recently, I started using the dial system again as a back up for my planner, to help me achieve tasks on busy days. It has worked wonderfully! Especially on really long days where I need to use two dials to separate my morning from my afternoon.
I have found that the dial system comes in handy when I've got a very busy days and can't get my head organised, like when there are so many things to do that you don't know where to start.
I will normally start by writing down the most immediate task at hand (shower, breakfast) and then the most important of the day (meeting, appointment, etc). Once these events have been written down, I am able to get a clear overview of the day, thus allowing me to allocate the rest of the things around them (laundry, post office, lunch, bank, etc).
If I need to remember other stuff, I will simply make a note of it next or below the dial. This keeps my day view neat and uncluttered.
Back to my Dial Organiser, I have designed the layout to have the left page with two dials (am and pm), and the right page is ruled for notes
And because it is a great tool to use during specific periods, (exams, house moves, multiple projects), I included Start and Finish slots in the title page so you can write down when the notebook was used.
Size-wise, it is about the size of a Field Notes memo, making it quite convenient to carry with your planner or Filo, so you don't have to replace your planner.
Here is where you can find it.
For now it is only available in notebook(bound) form, but if you would like me to make some refills for your Filofax, I'd be glad to do it. Just leave me a comment or a convo on my etsy store
What are your thoughts? :)