When I need some hyper-organisation to my day, and a task list just doesn’t cut it, I’ve been using a “time ladder.”  I didn’t coin the term ‘time ladder’ and this is an idea inspired by the likes of Bill Westerman and DIYFish.

I use the next available page, rule two lines down the middle of the page, write the times in between the two lines, and then assign meetings, appointments, etc. to the right of the page, and tasks and notes to the left side of the page.

For meetings/appointments, I block off using a dot along the time ladder and rule a line to the meeting/appointment entry.

You’ll notice that there are notes assigned to a time on the ladder (i.e. the box with a ruled line to a dot on the ladder), and there are arrows from boxes to link tasks with notes (e.g. the task where I rescheduled a therapy (Rx) session).

At the bottom of the page, I mark an ‘X; to signify when I finish work for the day, then I list tasks on either side with “before next visit” and “to do next visit”.

I found that as a visual person, this really lays out how I manage and assign my time. There is no exact science to this, and I’m always finding ways to capture bits of my day.

Happy planning, everyone!

– Dee

Photo by: ahmadreza sajadi

About Dee Quine

A planning enthusiast with a penchant for stationery, food, sketching and coffee (in that order). More here: http://www.decadethirty.com/
  • What an excellent idea!! Thanks for that.

  • Kelly Meadows

    Dee, are you perhaps an SLP? The CELF-4 and DEAP look familiar to me! 🙂

    • Dee Martinez

      Hi Kelly! Sure am! Glad to see another SLP using the bullet journal 🙂 How are you finding it? Do you use it for work?

      • Kelly Meadows

        Hi Dee! I think the love for planners is a common SLP trait! I LOVE my bullet journal! I haven’t used it for work before, but after seeing a snapshot of yours, I may have to! I like how you lay out each day. I have found that since I don’t use it for work, some weeks my bullet journal is empty.

        • Dee Martinez

          Oh yeah my personal bullet journal is fairly empty as well but I think I’ve used about 4 notebooks this year so far for work related bullet journalling. Give it a go and would love to see how it all goes if you wanted to share 🙂

  • Bridgette Boudreaux

    This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!!