Most of the times, my life is so chaotic that if I don’t use a tool or something, my addictions take over and I lose control of it.

I’m addicted to games and I’m a lazy person. Moreover, I find it hard to focus on a single task and it usually feels overwhelming when I’m trying to.

In order to add a little order in my life, I usually search for tools or develop them myself so they can fit my exact needs. Therefore, in today’s article, you’ll find four of these tools.

Also, before listing out the tools, I’d like to mention that I’m not using each of them every day. I may use one for two weeks, then use another one for a few days, and after that the third one for a month or so.

That happens because the more I use one, the less effective it is. And if it’s not effective, it doesn’t bring the expected results. And if it doesn’t bring the expected results, I lose interest.

1. Meditation

I’ve been using meditation as a tool since I was 15 years old but only recently I’ve discovered it’s called meditation. For many moments I’ve been stressed, meditation showed tremendous results and it helped me become aware of my feelings and emotions.

There are two types of meditation I’m using:

a. Self-guided meditation

The process here is simple:

  • I make sure nobody bothers me for 30 minutes;
  • In the first 10 minutes, I try to empty my mind of every thought and focus on the emptiness;
  • In the next 20 minutes, I choose one thought (usually the one I struggle to get rid of) and break it down into small pieces so I can better understand it.

This process is one I’ve used the most, even before I knew it’s called meditation.

As a result, I end up feeling more stable and having more clarity. It’s a feeling that helps me build more self-trust.

b. Insight Timer Meditation App

I don’t usually use apps when it comes to an internal process. In most cases, I use a pen and some paper.

Recently, I wrote a book on how one can improve their life. I reached to some influencers as well and one of them recommended me this app. It has lots of types of meditation included, it’s free, and you have access to a nice community of people who are also meditating.

Discover more here.

2. Journaling

I remember the first time when I tried to write something in a notebook. It was something about a girl I really liked.

Haha!

But I was only a child and I didn’t know there’s more to expressing myself through writing. It helps me clear my thoughts and it gives me a clearer vision of what I want and where I struggle, in general.

There are two types of journaling:

a. Journaling by writing something in a notebook

As mentioned above, this is one of the methods I’m usually using. And I write everything in my notebooks – from ideas to feelings, from bucket lists to hard-to-achieve challenges.

b. Journaling by writing articles or books

This is a little different than just writing in a notebook because an article or a book that’s going to be read by others is a trigger for me that I care what others are thinking about my thoughts and feelings.

It shifts my perspectives from ‘I and only I’ to ‘I and maybe others’. It’s a great way to detach myself from everything and try to let go.

3. Taking notes

In a way, taking notes is similar to journaling. But at the same time, it’s so different in so many ways.

For me, the main difference stands for how deep I am going with the information. When I journal, I try to make sense of what’s going on and how I can improve things. When I take notes, I don’t care about the deepness of the notes – I care more about the essence I can put into a ten-word sentence or in a three-sentence paragraph.

For me, notes have always been about putting inspiration in a safe place so I can find it later on and get myself inspired.

For taking notes I use two methods:

a. My smartphone

I simply go to the notes app on my iPhone and start writing. Before doing this, I was always having a small notebook with me. I still have it, but I don’t write as much as I used to in the small notebook.

b. Evernotes

This is a digitalized alternative of the small notebook. You can write ideas and put them into categories. You can even add tags to easily find your notes. It’s a great tool and I used it for one year or so.

4. Tracking income and expenses

The ability to know your money is important. No matter what!

For me, being able to know how much I have left on my wallet, credit card, PayPal and so on, makes me feel safer. At the same time, at the end of the month, I know exactly how much money I spent and I can critique my transactions so I can improve my expenses.

To track my income and expenses I’m using WalletApp and you can (for free) add up to three different accounts (cash, credit cards) and even connect your credit cards to the app.