Creating Your Own Toolbox

by Grace Bye

September 2016

While I was going through a tough time in my life, I created something that I find helps in many situations. I call it my Toolbox. This toolbox isn’t heavy to carry, and it is filled with tools that are only of your choosing. The tools are made for you and by you.

The toolbox is a section in your planner, the size of which is determined by how much you want to put in it. To determine what to put into your toolbox, consider these two things:

  1. What types of situations or life circumstances do you find difficult to deal with? Things like being in a rut, dealing with anxiety or depression, or being hurt by others are all situations that your toolbox can help you through.
  2. When in those situations, what helps you to feel better? Perhaps a hug from a loved one, coffee with a friend, scriptures, spiritual reflection, symbols of important things in your life, or even a walk can help you to make your way through tough times.

When things are going well, add things to your toolbox that make you happy. Photos, drawings, quotes, and things for which you are thankful are some ideas of what can be added. Anything that helps you to smile or to maintain perspective can be added.

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When things are tough, revisit your toolbox; it will remind you of how great you felt after you took that walk at the local park, or how helpful your friend was the last time you had coffee together.

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When you’re on the other side of that rough patch, add an entry to your toolbox describing what you did to get through that difficult situation.

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You can find Grace online on her Facebook page.

6 thoughts on “Creating Your Own Toolbox

  • September 1, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    What a lovely and useful idea! Thank you!

  • September 2, 2016 at 1:22 AM

    I would never have thought of doing something like this, its a great idea and one that I will be trying especially with 3 kids that always argue so hopefully this will help me get back to myself. Thank you

  • September 27, 2016 at 5:49 AM

    What a great idea! I’ve made something similar called a Self Care Bank. It’s a list of things I can do when life gets stressful that tops up my self care bank. I saw the idea on a Facebook page and I look at it often, particularly at the end of a long day.
    I love how are planners are not just helping us organise our lives but enrich them as well!

  • October 17, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    This is a beautiful article, Grace. I’m sure it will help many people.


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