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Batching Your Work To Help You Get More Done

batching your tasks help you get more done

It’s Monday afternoon. I’m typing furiously, listening to angry dubstep. In a few minutes, all of my accounting tasks for the week will be taken care of. More time freed up for the important stuff. I’m using a special trick that allows me the increase the time I spend on the money-producing activities in my business, and less time on the trivial stuff. It’s called Batching. According to Michael Hyatt, Batch Processing, or Batching “is the grouping of similar tasks that require similar resources in order to streamline their completion.” Grouping your similar tasks in specific blocks of time means you spend more time in the same resources and less time switching from task to task. The benefits of batching Batching your tasks offers many benefits : Remove distractions In the Getting Things Done methodology, David Allen speaks of contexts, locations you spend time with to complete your tasks. My accounting takes place in the QuickBooks software, while email pressing takes place in Inbox. By identifying contexts in your task list, you can “batch” your tasks by software and reduce […]

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Review : The Four Tendencies

The Four tendencies book review

Gretchen Rubin is one of the most popular author writing about happiness and human nature. Her many bestsellers such as The Happiness Project and Better Than Before have influenced me greatly over the years. In Better Than Before, she laid out a personality called The Four Tendencies and it spread like wildfire. On her podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, each week listeners are asking questions about their tendencies and how they can make their lives better by harnessing the strengths of their tendency. It was no surprise that Rubin’s new book would be a deep dive into the Four Tendencies framework. And her book delivered. Within the first week of its launch, the book has made the Bestseller list of the New York Times as well as other acclaimed bestsellers lists. I preordered the book, eager to dive into the framework in more details. I devoured it in record time and couldn’t wait to share it with you guys. The Four Tendencies Framework The Four Tendencies is a personality framework which sorts people into 4 categories, or tendencies. Our tendency […]

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Why I chose analog for my personal productivity

Why I chose analog for my personal productivity

When I was a kid, I was one of the first to get a personal computer, you know, the ones with the huge floppy disks? My father was into gadgets and technology, he had a cellphone before the frenzy, and we were the first in our neighborhood to have access to the internet. You’d think that my father’s love for gadgets would turn me into a digital devotee. Sure, I like my shiny new Surface Pro and my many productivity apps, but I have a love for analog that no app could take away. My trusted notebook in hand, I will plan my articles, set goals, track my habits and write down my tasks on a daily basis. And there’s a very good explanation as why analog note taking and goal setting actually works best than digital. In a study conducted in 2011 by Mangen and Velay, the researchers discovered that the “physical action of forming letters while writing by hand is important in helping the brain remember the letters that are written.” Handwriting activates more parts of the brain […]

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Decluttering brings happiness… but not always!

Decluttering brings happiness

Not only am I a crazy book nerd, but I’m also an organization maniac. Researching new ways to make my rooms more streamlined and effective is one of my favorite pastimes. Weird, I know. But you won’t be suprised to hear that when Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, came out, I was all over it. And to the surprise and despair of my fiancé, I started decluttering the house top to bottom, going completely nuts! *N.B.: This is NOT an article about the KonMari Method* Gretchen Rubin has a saying that I particularly love : “Outer order brings inner calm.” Well to me, that is totally true. A tidy house makes me feel at home. A tidy office triggers my inner hustler. In fact, I am unable to work in a messy environment. Just can’t. Nothing makes me feel inner peace like the sight of a well organized bookshelf or drawer. It makes me feel happy. So I went through the KonMari decluttering system with much enthusiasm. The concept is simple, you take every item in […]

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Structure Your Days With Time Blocking for Maximum Productivity

A few years ago, I was working in an office as an executive assistants. I had many roles to fill and tasks kept piling up. Most of my days were spent trying to keep afloat of my task load, but I never seemed to get anything concrete done. I was stuck in the busyness. That’s until I started blocking my time. I decided to draft a simple schedule on a piece of paper, making sure that the most important activities were put in there first. This way I made sure that busyness could not creep up on my priorities. And soon enough, I began to thrive and regain control over my task load. Time blocking had saved me from high waters. What is time blocking Time blocking is the act of assigning tasks to portions of your days. You “block” a time frame of your calendar to work on your most important projects, taking in account your energy levels and your priorities, while creating margin for what’s unexpected. Energy levels According to sleep researcher Nathaniel Kleitman, our body tends to […]

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Bullet Journal Essentials for Bujo Addicts

3 Leuchtturm notebooks

In today’s article, I wanted to share with you a few of my essential supplies for Bullet Journaling. I’ve been crazy about the stationery items I’ll be presenting and I’m so excited to share them with you! My favorite journals As many raving fans, I am a convert to the Leuchtturm1917 journals. My favorites are dot grid A5 with hard cover. They hold up well, come with an index and numbered pages as well as 2 ribbon bookmarks. They seem to be made for Bullet Journaling! I just cannot live without my trusted notebook of choice. I like to decorate my journals with vinyl stickers, as you can see on the picture at the top of the page. I create those stickers with my Silhouette Cameo machine, but you can also find nice ones on Etsy. My favorite pens Any Bullet Journalist is fond of great pens. My pen of choice is a Pilot Metropolitan, assorted with the color of my notebook as they come in such a great variety of colors, and Noodler’s Ink Heart Of Darkness, a very […]

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Productive Happiness turns 1 – New orientation

Hello happy people! We’re taking some time off from our regular schedule this week to share the results of our latest reader’s survey. I have to say that I have been surprised by some of the results that came up and it brought me to reconsider the orientation that I’ll be following for the blog in the next year. Read on to see what my readers had to say! Demographics First off, I was interested in the demographics. Most of my readers are women between 25 and 54. Few men are reading the blog, and I guess with topics like the Bullet Journal being so popular amongst women, I shouldn’t be surprised by those numbers. 71% of my readers are employees. Preferences From the beginning, Productive Happiness had two main focus, productivity and personal development. My mission is to help you take your happiness in hands using the latest productivity techniques. I was very curious to know what type of content was most popular amongst my readers. This is the result that surprised me the most : Productivity is, by […]

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Productive Happiness turns 1! And a little favor…

Hello Happy people! There’s a party going on at Productive Happiness headquarters as I am celebrating the blog’s first anniversary! I want to take the opportunity of this celebration to thank each and every one of my readers for being here every Tuesday, as we are learning all there is to know about productivity and happiness. It’s been an amazing ride and I want to keep making great content to help you take your happiness in hands! Over the last year, I’ve offered you content about productivity, personal development, the Bullet Journal and many book reviews. I want to make sure that the content I am bringing you is considerate of your specific needs and, to develop what’s coming in the next 6 months, I’ve decided to ask my readers directly! And here comes the little favor that I want to ask you. I’ve created a survey to learn more about your struggles and needs, to tailor my content specifically to you. I would be honored if you could offer me 5 minutes of your time to fill it out! […]

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4 steps to plan your weeks in the Bullet Journal

Daily Spread in the Bullet Journal

Setting goals is an important part of achieving success. But what do you do once your goals are set? Good planning ensures that all your projects are accounted for and that you get the ball rolling on your most important priorities. In today’s article, I’ll be sharing the planning process and workflow that I use on a weekly basis. Let’s jump in! My planning process is divided in 4 steps : Capture, Review, Plan, Do. Let’s take a look at each step. 1. Capture The capture step is probably the most important part of my planning process, and a founding principle of the Getting Things Done methodology. It consists of writing down each tasks and projects as soon as they show up. This allows your mind to stay free from retaining information constantly and to be able to see all your todo’s in a trusted system. While on the go, I use the Todoist app on my phone to jot dot my tasks, as well as Google Keep for notes and project ideas. At home, I use my trusted Bullet […]

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What is your definition of success? 3 key components

We all have a different definition of success. Here are 3 key components

Most personal development and productivity blogs talk about success, in one way or another. Although we all have an idea of what success is, when asking around, you can soon realize that everyone has his own definition. In today’s article, I will share what I believe is the definition of success, and it might be very different from what you expect. My definition of success Many believe that, to be successful, you need to have more money than you will ever need. Financial success is amongst the most common definitions of success and I can see why. Personally, I don’t think that’s what all I want in my life. Success is much more than the content of my checkings account. 3 key components of success A job you love : Most of us spend the majority of our lives working. Either as an employee or as an entrepreneur, we work our butts off making a living. And if you’re an homemaker, I consider you working too! House keeping and taking care of the kids is hard work and it should be […]

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