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Personal Kanban : a new way to approach life and work

personal kanban

While listening to one of my favorite podcasts recently, I’ve been introduced to a productivity system that is radically different from the traditional to-do list; the Personal Kanban. I was immediately intrigued by this system and decided to try it for myself. I must say that it has dramatically changed the way I approach work and life and I just had to share it with you guys. What is a kanban The Kanban methodology is very popular in product and software development after it has been popularized by the automobile empire Toyota. A kanban is a type of billboard with different columns. Some people use a whiteboard, others use a digital software, others use their office walls in lieu of a kanban, any surface with columns will do. You can even divide a page in your Bullet journal and use it as your kanban. The traditional Personal Kanban uses 3 columns : to-do, doing and done. The principle is simple. When you get a task, or project to accomplish, write it on a post-it note and stick it in the […]

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How to start a Bullet Journal

Maybe you’ve been lurking around on the blog before, or browsing Pinterest and Instagram, and have seen the beautiful notebooks everybody seems to be lugging around that they call a Bullet Journal. You’re intrigued and would like to start one, but you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the information floating around, a bit intimidated by the beautiful things people are coming up with, and you don’t know where to start. Here’s what this guide is for : helping you get rid of the overwhelm, and teaching you in concrete steps how to start a Bullet Journal. Let’s jump in! Start at the source If you haven’t already, the first place to start if you want your own Bullet Journal is directly at the source. The creator of the Bullet Journal system is called Ryder Carroll and he created a website describing the method in details. The first thing you should do is check out the Official Bullet Journal video. I’ll be waiting for you while you do that! Start with just a few basics All you need to start a Bullet […]

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Here’s why you need to take a break, like, now.

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I’ve been glued to the screen for hours, working on that super important document, but for the past hour or so, I feel like I am not making any progress. I’m dead tired and my brain ain’t doing its thing anymore. I need to take a break. I’m sure you’ve been in this situation before, you felt like the more you’ve been working, the less productive you are. Exhaustion sets in and progress stalls. In these situations, we tend to think that if we push further, we’ll get more done, but it’s quite the contrary. Your brain has a limited supply of concentration, willpower and energy. If you’ve been working for 90 minutes or more, these mental resources become depleted, and the only way to recharge is to take a break. Taking breaks can seem unproductive, since we’re not actually working during that time. But when exhaustion sets in, productivity declines drastically, efficiency drops, and we start making mistakes. Breaks act to replenish your mental RAM, make you more efficient and produce more quality work. “Humans are just like smartphones […]

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Your best year ever, at your fingertips : Review

Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt

Over the years, there is one influencer I look up to most than others. Ex-CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, Michael Hyatt has grown quite a readership in the productivity and leadership sphere. His blog is ranked by Google in the top one-half percent of all blogs, scoring more than a million page views each month. His podcasts and books always have a place of choice in my media consumption each month. Passionate as I am with all things goal setting, I was eager to get my copy of Hyatt’s latest book, Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals, released this January 2nd. I read the whole thing in records time and also enrolled in the companion online course, 5 days to your best year ever. Unfortunately, this time, Michael Hyatt’s content disappointed. The course and book are divided in 5 parts, 5 steps to set and achieve your goals for the new year, or at any time really. Each step is actionable and specific steps are laid out at the end of every chapter […]

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Different Bullet Journal weekly spreads : what works best

Different Bullet Journal Weekly Spreads, what works best

0I’ve kept a Bullet Journal for the past 4 years now, and over time, I’ve tried different approaches, and different spreads to find what works best for me. That’s what I like the most about the Bullet Journal system, you can tweak it at will and make it your own. If something doesn’t work this week, try something different next week! One of the spreads that went through the most iterations in my own system is the Bullet Journal weekly spread. I’ve tried many versions, and I thought I’d share with you what I tried, and what worked best for me. Let’s jump in! Weekly spread 1.0 First, I’d like to mention that my first Bullet Journal did not have any weekly spread. At first, I was just doing dailies, splitting a spread into 8 equal parts, one for each day of the week, and one for next week’s tasks. What I did not like about this first attempt was that I did not have enough space for my dailies since each day is never the same and that I […]

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2017 Year in Review

I don’t know about you, but, for me, 2017 has been quite a ride. Super highs, business achievements, and really down lows, like a long depression, have punctuated the past year. Before I set new goals for the year, I like to review what worked, what didn’t, and I thought that you would enjoy coming along down memory lane! The comeback of the blog Back in 2016, I had to put the blog on the back-burner while I was on medical leave from work. Fast forward to last February, I quit my job and revived the blog after 4 long months of hiatus. Slowly but surely, my readers came back and more and more new readers joined the party. Overall, we had more than 10 000 visitors hang out with me here in 2017! That’s quite a milestone! 88% or my readership is brand new and I am so happy to have you join the Productive Happiness family! My first workshop Something I had in mind for a long while, offering live workshops and meeting with you guys to work […]

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Top 10 books of 2017 – Part 2

I consider myself a true bookworm, a library rat as we say in French. But this past year, I’ve surpassed all my reading records by reading more than 90 books! I’ve selected my top 20 books of the year in this two-part series, and here’s the final 10 books I’ve appreciated most in 2017. The Four Tendencies I’ve been waiting for the release of this book for the most part of 2017. The author, Gretchen Rubin, is part of my team of virtual mentors, and I’ve been reading everything she publishes. It is no surprise that she appears twice in this top 10! The Four Tendencies is a personality framework she has come up with that help us better understand why we can or can’t accomplish certain goals we set for ourselves, and how to harness our personalities to achieve them. I’ve written a review when the book launched.   Better Than Before Better than Before is the previous book published by Gretchen Rubin. It is all about the strategies we can implement to set healthy habits and to break those […]

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How to live a Level 10 Life

How to live a level 10 life

If I gave you a choice today, would you rather be living an amazing, awesome life you love? Or would you stick with what you’ve got? According to Hal Elrod, author of The Miracle Morning, if given a choice, we would all want to be living a Level 10 life, fully satisfied in every area of our lives. “If we’re measuring our levels of success/satisfaction in any area of our lives, we all want to be living our best lives at a ‘Level 10’ in each area. Creating your ‘Level 10 Life’ begins with creating an honest assessment of where you are.” Luckily, there’s a few ways to achieve your own level 10 lives. And it starts with a simple assessment. The Level 10 life assessment This assessment has also been called the Wheel of life assessment in many circles. It consists of writing down on a piece of paper 5 to 10 areas of your life that are particularly important to you and rating your level of satisfaction in every area on a scale of 1 to 10. Life […]

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Bullet Journal Gift Guide for BuJo Addicts

Bullet journal gift guide

Ah! December. That time of year when we have to rack our brains to find the perfect gift for our loved ones. If you have a Bullet journalist on your list, I’ve got you covered this year. I’ve asked the Bullet Journal community what they have on their wishlist and gathered this handy little Bullet Journal gift guide! The perfect notebook I have always been partial to the Leuchtturm1917 notebook, and for good reasons. First, they have a built-in index and numbered pages, which is a charm for Bullet journaling. Second, they have 2 ribbons that allow me to find my most used spreads super easily. And the blank cover allows me to personalize each notebook with handmade vinyl stickers. Here’s a few of my latest notebooks : Lately, I’ve seen more and more Bujo addicts leaning towards the Scribbles That Matter notebook. I have not yet tried them, but if you prefer cute covers, this might be the right choice for you : The Helix The Helix Angle and Circle Maker is a funky little device called a protractor, […]

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Productivity, depression, and the challenge of being an entrepreneur

When you write a happiness and productivity blog, people expect you to be glowing, sparkling, checking everything off your to do list daily. And when I am at my best, I’d say I fit the bill quite perfectly. But on days like today, I cannot get anything done, and there’s not much I can do about it. I’ve suffered from depression since I am a teenager. At 15, my first major depression hit hard, I had to take meds and some time off from school. I even had to change schools. The doctors said that my chances of suffering from depression again in life were very high. With the help of antidepressants and therapy, I gradually started feeling better and, by the end of high school, depression was only a distant memory. Later in my 20s, depression crept back in, it came and went. I tried different meds, with astonishing side effects, weight gain, acne, all sorts of weird things, like blurry vision or falling asleep at 8 at night. Then I had a few years of solace, where my […]

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