Tools I use to keep my life in order
This post could easily have a sub-heading, "How to Manage the Unmanageable" or even, "My Stationery Obsession" :-)
I was thinking about the way that I keep my life and my tasks in order. I like to think that I’m a modern woman who’s embracing technology. I mean, I own an iPhone and a Mac and I have a number of electronic organisers loaded on both of those devices. However, I find myself gravitating (always) towards coloured paper, note pads, diaries of all descriptions and glitter pens!
Hi, my name’s Toni and I have a glitter pen habit…
I kid you not! This is no joke.
Honestly, I write my daily To Do list and I do my written inventory & Passion Pulse at the end of the day and I’m not a happy camper unless the pages are full of colour and glitter and stickers.
Recently, I needed more stickers, so I went shopping for some. While browsing the sticker aisle, I discovered washi tape! Now obviously, I’ve been living under some kind of rock, because for some reason I hadn’t discovered washi tape until two weeks ago. I mean, I’d heard about it, but I hadn’t quite come to grips with the whole washi tape phenomenon.
I managed to practice some restraint and I only came home with two rolls--pink flamingos and lush, tropical forests--but the possibilities (I have decided) are endless.
Anyway, I digress. Back to organisation.
I have MeisterTask installed on my computer--but I prefer to run my life via columns of coloured sticky notes that are fixed in lines down my office wall. I could write another entire post about how the crooked lines of sticky notes trigger my OCD…
Hey, maybe I could use the washi tape to make pretty borders for my sticky notes and the lines would stay straight.
Watch this space.
I can confirm that there’s great pleasure to be had and a real sense of achievement, when I move a sticky note from the “Make it Happen” line into the “You’ve got this” line.
This system does have an actual name: Kanban. Most of the Kanban systems I looked at online are so much tidier than my sprawling wall, but, I’ve never been good at growing my vegetables in straight lines either :-)
What I’m trying to say is that (obviously) you need some kind of an organisational model in your life, but you don’t have to colour inside the lines--or even keep them straight!
Look at a few systems. Try them out and work out what helps you to keep your day in order and make your life the most productive life that it can be.
I love my Passion Pulse and the stickers on my wall.
What do you love and how do you organise your day and your life?
Yours in love and gratitude,