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  • Writer's pictureToni Kenyon

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,

Toni xx

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