How to use the Tactical Chronograph

Assuming you use an electronic calendar for your meetings and other reminders, DON’T duplicate effort. Devices are searchable, but physical agendas are better for planning your month, week, and day. Remembering items on a physical plane, which you can refer to, actually helps you focus and add meaning.

  1. Set an alert with your phone on Sunday night to plan your week.
  2. Set an alert for every morning and/or evening, and use it for journaling, reflecting, and preparing for the day ahead.
  3. Weekdays in red type are statutory holidays in Canada or the USA. As more people subscribe from international locations, national holidays may be added, but never described. 
  4. Weekends are as important as weekdays: schedule and record your home and social projects and personal time. It’s important to see how you use it and with whom.
  5. “Today is: ” is where you write deadlines, birthdays, anniversaries, events and, if there’s room, intentions.
  6. “Pencil it in!” Use pencil for rough plans. Add appointment times after ‘:’ in the time slots. Use ink for everything that won’t or can’t be changed.
  7. Keep a micro-journal with the daily entries, record habits, and take notes.
    1. Use Habits for building habits, and the Monthly credit/accountability grid to keep track of everything else. Yes, you have to flip pages for them. That’s habit-creating as well!
    2. Use the Chronicle to remember the details of your day. Make an effort to mention new people you meet, events of the day, feelings, and specifics. Try to write in at least one thing every day!
    3. The Notes section on every page is appropriate for to-dos within reach, or pretty much anything you want. The little graphics are meant to inspire you and serve as a memory key for where you recorded anything important.
  8. If you have weeks where you don’t get your to-dos done, migrate them to the next week(s). Put them on the page spread where you’re most likely to get them done (week planning and Monday; Tuesday to Thursday, Friday and the weekend). This suggests that the big weekly To-Do list is a catch-all for fresh ideas.
  9. At month’s end, review and carry information back to your Life’s Battle Plan workbook, or forward to another Chronograph.
  10. Record every instance of magic that you create or happens to you!

The layout of the Tactical Chronograph updates every month because of shifts in the dates of the days of the week, but sometimes for something more…interesting. Every month that has space will have questions to prompt you to reflect and set an intention.

Please comment on these changes, and ideas of things that would delight you while also keeping up with as much white space as possible.

There’s also room to have a different cover every month; I try to keep to a geography theme.

You can comment below, or use the Contact form to reach me. You can always email me at the address I’ve put on the back cover of the Tactical Chronograph.

Also published on Medium.

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