What’s in Your Tool Kit?

Tool KitFor a while now I’ve been hankering after a pink tool kit.  Not like the tools you see here, but a pretty pink kit filled with pink screwdrivers, hammers, wrenches, pliers, tape measure…all the basic tools that a girl might need for basic home repairs and maintenance…and they’re pink so none of the boys in my household will take them and forget to put them away!  Anyways, this post really has nothing to do with home repairs.  Promise.  It’s about having tools, everything we need, and never taking them out of the box.

I have a computer full of tutorials, videos and e-books, shelves filled with books on subjects like health, fitness, mindset, business and marketing.  I always have the best of intentions and I’m very keen to get started…as soon as I get everything else done.  Well you know how that story goes.  The “everything else done” time never comes.  And all of those amazing tools, filled with the wisdom of many men & women, lie unused in the box (also known as “shelf-help”!)

Well, I’ve decided that it’s time to start using some of those tools.  I’ve been feeling low in energy, have some “winter body” stuff hanging on into the spring (not good), overwhelmed by my “to-do” list, and I don’t want to feel this way any more.  “Physician, heal thyself” is the motto here…take some of those tools out of the kit & use them!  Before I could do that, though, I needed to define the tasks that needed to be done & what tool might fit the job.

The first thing that came to mind when I spent some time thinking about what might help me feel better is Get More Sleep.  I read somewhere recently (can’t remember where I read it) that lack of sleep is the number 1 cause of disease.  Our bodies do the work of healing while we sleep, so it makes sense that a chronic lack of sleep would result in less than optimal health.  So, this is the #1 thing on my list, starting today.

The second thing that came to mind is Fuel Your Body With Good Food.  When life gets busy it’s easy to neglect this essential piece of self-care.  It takes time to eat nutritious foods…to shop, plan, prepare, & consume.  It’s easy to fall into the trap of grabbing whatever is quickest & most convenient but it’s not too long before our under-nourished bodies start to revolt.  How to make it as simple as possible to eat good food leads me to…

The third thing…Planning. Failing to plan is planning to fail, right?  If I can reduce the “mental chatter” by moving ideas & “don’t forget this” from my brain onto paper – and from there transcribed to a weekly schedule & a menu plan – it stands to reason that the feelings of overwhelm can be reduced at least a little bit, right?  Less overwhelm will enable me to be more effective in whatever I’m doing, whether it’s a work, home, family or self-care activity.

This brings me to the Tool I intend to learn about & use.  A few weeks ago I downloaded a program called Smart Diary Suite that was recommended by a friend.  There are 4 different editions of this program, each available as a free monthly trial.  If you decide to purchase it after the month’s trial all of your information is moved over to your registered account.  The edition that I purchased is Home.  It features a diary, schedule, task list, notes, nutrition…and much more.  (and no, I’m not being paid or perked for this in any way)

What I like about it so far is the capability of entering information (what I eat, life factors like how much sleep I get, etc), the program analyses it and creates a graph.  Is that not so cool!  I’ll be able to see the results of getting enough sleep, exercising daily, eating nutritious food, taking my supplements…no more wondering why I’m feeling “foggy” or what might be contributing to the extra spring in my step!  If I can measure it and see it I can do something about it.

It also has a schedule (self-explanatory) & a diary where I can upload photos, do some journalling & record the minutiae of life that I don’t want to forget.

So far, the only thing I don’t like is that there is no version for the Mac…and no app for the iPhone.  Hopefully this will be available soon as an upgrade.  In the meantime I’ll have to decide on a system for keeping track of important items & inputting them into the program once I’m in front of the computer again.  Any suggestions are welcome!

Okay then!  I’m off to schedule my week & prepare a menu plan.  I’ll let you know how it goes with my new “pink” tools:-)



  1. Nice post. I like the idea of sleep and good food as “tools” to build my good life. Yes: like I USE sleep and planning to get the goodness in to my days. Thanks.

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