What is Lightning Dex and why do I use it for planning?

Hi everyone! As most of my YouTube viewers will know, I love simple and functional planning. For the longest time I was happy with my planner system but, I made a planner goal, in December 2016, to use time frame planning system. I wanted to become more efficient with my planning and map out my day so that I can follow it through easily. Time frame. Sounds simple? Yes ,yes it is. However, visually it was not.

I sketched out a format I wanted to try out. Nothing difficult. Just a linear time frame drawn on my page. Once I started allocating task in that time frame, I observed a flaw. My brain was not liking how the information was laid out! They all looked the same and cluttered. It was not visually pleasing. The only way I could make the information stand out is by using colour coding system, but I did not want to rely on carrying several colour pens all the time. Now I sat there, on the 9th of March 2017, thinking how can I make it visually pleasing without making it complicated? Mind you, it was almost midnight and  at this point I was very sleepy and was ready to go to bed. But then the eureka moment sparked! I thought ‘why not break the 6 hours and segment it into one section’? So that is exactly what I did and it started to take a form: The Lightning Dex. Here is a picture that shows my very initial sketch of Lightning Dex right next a classic linear time frame.

Comparison between linear time frame (left) and Lightning Dex (right)

Since then, I have used my Lightning Dex everyday and here are some pictures:

I have introduced my concept on my YouTube channel and received a very positive response. Here is the link to the video:

I have also made a Plan with me video where I show you how to use the Lightning Dex step by step:

And now I would like to answer the question: Why do I use Lightning Dex for planning?

Optimise a given space. You can customise Lightning Dex size according to the amount of space you have. I use my Lightning Dex in a pocket size traveler’s notebook. I use the shrunk format where each square represents an hour. If you use a bigger notebook then you can expand the Dex and make each square 10 mins, 15mins or 30 mins. The choice is yours.

Can identify task in hourly segments.  I like to segment my day in three sections: morning, afternoon and evening. Therefore, when I draw out my Lightning Dex and add task to it, I can easily identify how many tasks I need to tackle in the morning, afternoon and evening.

One pen. Lightning Dex omits the need for colour coding because of the way the tasks are laid out. I can distinguish each task easily.

‘Unlimited hours’. The Lightning Dex allows me to have a time frame with 24 hrs or more! There are no limits or restrictions.

Layout. The Lightning Dex layout is visually pleasing and my brain is thanking me for it!

Well, there you go folks! I hope you found this article helpful and refreshing. Give Lightning Dex a go and see if it helps you plan better.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Take care!

2 thoughts on “What is Lightning Dex and why do I use it for planning?

  1. What a excellent system. You have such a knack for explaining things so simply too. This is awesome. I must try this out some time. I have so many wasted hours during the day, especially when I’m off work!

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