The Chronodex is a graphical way of visualising and keeping tabs on your time every day. For very visual people, this might be the perfect system for adding more accountability to your activities and motivate you to use your time better.
We talked about the Chronodex a while ago, but this recent post by WordPress developer Kellbot really hammers in the benefits of using the Chronodex to track your time:
Once I started accounting for my time, some really important things happened. I started to feel better about myself because I was acknowledging the things I accomplished in a day. I started thinking about my time in 15 minute blocks which has helped me focus a lot on the task at hand. I am better at stopping myself from jumping between work, home, and play because I’ve internalized that I’m “in a work block” or “in a family block.” When I take a break I take a full 15 or 30 minute break instead of just shoving food in my face while sitting at my keyboard.
Most importantly, the system is like an art project for her and a reward in itself:
My reward for being productive is that I get to shade in that time on my Chronodex afterwards.
Time Management as an Art Project [Kellbot]