Creators Diary Part 1: The important thing is the "horizontal axis (Gantt chart)"

The Creator's Diary is a notebook that uses a combination of a "vertical axis" (vertical) that manages daily time and a "horizontal axis" (gun chart) that designs project plans.

The reason why it has such a format is that it was originally a schedule management sheet that was handmade by the designers of DRAFT.

How can I get more time for work and research (learning) in my busy days?How can I create an efficient schedule to make my own time? Through such trial and error, DRAFT has been managing the progress of projects with this schedule management sheet for over 20 years.

It has been 12 years since it was commercialized as "Creator's Diary" in 2006.This time, I reminded myself of the thoughts I had when I commercialized this product, and changed the cover design from the 2019 edition.

I think that there are many people who are not quite able to deal with schedule management in their busy days, but why not take the opportunity of your notebook to face your own time and think about how to spend a rich time?

Here, we will introduce how to use the time that D-BROS thinks, and how to combine vertical and Gantt charts to make the best use of the creator's diary.


Schedule design from the horizontal axis (Gantt chart)

1. Design a project with a horizontal axis (Gantt chart)

In the lower horizontal axis (Gantt chart), you can manage tasks for multiple projects.To reach your goal, it is important to plan your path to the goal. First, let's write down the necessary tasks and design the horizontal axis while taking a bird's eye view of the entire project.

for example,

・ Time to organize ideas
・ Time for research and learning
・ Time to think about ideas
・ Time for output
・ Confirmation time
・ Time for meetings and reports

Plan some important steps back from the deadline for a successful project. By doing so, you can see how much time you can spend on each process.You can see the future schedule, so you can relax and prepare. Also, among the many tasks, you will naturally be able to see what you should do now.



2. Design daily time with vertical axis (vertical)

After designing the project schedule on the horizontal axis (Gantt chart), let's plan by allocating tasks to the specific daily time schedule on the vertical axis (vertical) at the top.

By designing your daily time, it will be easier to keep track of your free time, that is, your free time. It means that you can spend that time researching, learning and improving your skills.

You can also look back and record your day to get an idea of how long it took for your designed schedule and use it for your next design.



3, extend the bellows page and get a bird's-eye view of the whole

The bellows type, in which one year's worth is connected by a piece of paper, is convenient to expand the pages of the range you want to see, such as 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, etc., so that you can see the schedule at once. The Creators Diary is a format designed to make it easy to see both short-term and long-term schedules, with the vertical on the top and the Gantt chart on the bottom.

A bird's-eye view of the overall schedule also gives you a perspective and makes it easier to plan multiple projects in parallel.



The point of project design is how to use "horizontal axis"

Research time improves the quality of work.

It's easy to forget, but in fact, taking time for research (learning) in a task is the most important thing. Research here is the time to find new expressions and seeds of ideas. It's a learning time to absorb knowledge by going to museums, watching movies, and meeting people.


We believe that in order to improve the quality of work, it is essential to enhance the preparation period for this research and learning.

A good understanding of the tasks to be written on the horizontal axis and assembling the "research time" as one task may be the key to smoothing the subsequent process and leading to the success of the project.

Do not fill the schedule, but design it yourself.
The Creators Diary is a notebook for managing yourself, not for managing time. Please master how to use the Creators Diary and use it to improve your skills.

At D-BROS MAGAZINE, we interviewed how people who actually use the Creators Diary manage their schedules and make time for themselves, and how to use them! Please take a look.

▼ Creators Diary Interview "How to Make Everyone's Time" Back Number
vol.01 Yoshie Watanabe (Art Director)
vol.02 Fumihiko Sano (Architect / Artist) Part 1
vol.02 Fumihiko Sano (Architect / Artist) Part 2
vol.03 chika (housewife / sales office) Part 1
vol.03 chika (housewife / sales office) Part 2
vol.04 Yoshiichihiro-san (illustrator) Part 1
vol.04 Yoshiichihiro-san (illustrator) Part 2

Creators Diary is a lineup of 5 types in all 2 sizes. D-BROS online shop You can purchase more.

text: Eriko Fujitani