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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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Getting Things Done : You don’t need to do it all!

Getting Things Done : You don't need to do it all

When I first read David Allen’s productivity masterpiece, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, I’ve been a bit overwhelmed by the process he laid out. I did not know how to get started and I wasn’t so sure I wanted to implement every part of his methodology. It seemed too much. The good news is, if you’re feeling overwhelmed as I was, you don’t need to do it all. You can pick and choose a few components of GTD and just get started with that. Over time, when it feels natural, you can start adding more components. In today’s article, I will share a few pointers on the most valuable parts of Getting Things Done that you should consider trying today. If you are not yet familiar with GTD, I suggest you read my beginner’s guide here. Start small : the 2 minute rule One of the smallest commitment that you can make when getting started with GTD is the 2 minute rule. The rule is simple : if a task takes less than 2 minutes to accomplish, […]

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3 years of Miracle Morning update

3 years of Miracle Morning - An Update

Today is a big day for me as I am celebrating my 3rd Miracle Morning anniversary! 3 years of early mornings dedicated to improving myself, my knowledge, my relationships. 3 years of pure enjoyment. If you are not familiar with the Miracle Morning, I invite you to read my previous article which lays out the full routine that author Hal Elrod has created. He wrote this bestselling book, The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) in 2012.  The book has now been published all over the world, where hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts are getting up early every morning to better themselves according to Elrod’s method. In a nutshell, the Miracle Morning is a routine of 6 personal development practices, named SAVERS, that you go through first thing in the morning. The SAVERS stand for Silence (prayer or meditation), Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing (journaling). You can take as short as 1 minute for each practice, hence called the Six-Minute Miracle Morning, or take as long as you like. My routine lasts about 1 […]

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Goal Planning – How We Can Set and Achieve Our Goals

goal planning

Today I am ecstatic to bring on a guest on the blog! My friend Richmond Nash from Keeping Things in Line has been so nice as to write an article about how he plans his goals. I am super excited to share it with you! Here goes! How many of us make resolutions every year and find ourselves never really accomplishing what we originally set out to do? Most of us want to accomplish some sort of objective or purpose but find it difficult to actually set out on a structured plan that can help us achieve our goals. How can we meet this challenge and make setting goals and accomplishing those goals a reality? A Specific and Measured Approach Setting goals is more than just saying, “I want to be more productive.” Or, “I want to be more organized.” These types of goals are general and don’t really provide a measured objective. It’s much better if we set goals like this: I want to be more productive by getting up every morning at 7:00 am and completing two high […]

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