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Most popular blog posts of 2018

2018 has been an awesome year for Productive Happiness! I set an ambitious goal for myself to increase my readership by 250% and not only did I achieve that goal, but I surpassed it! All thanks to the awesome Bullet journal community as you’ll see in today’s list of the most popular articles published last year! 1. Getting Things Done in the Bullet Journal This comes as a surprise to me as it is the article that I promoted the least! It’s all about my use of the Getting Things Done methodology in conjunction with the Bullet journal. Popularized by David Allen, this productivity system is great when you have just the right tools! 2. How to Live a Level 10 Life The Level 10 Life is an assessment of your current life situation popularized by Hal Elrod in his seminal book The Miracle Morning. In this blog post, I share a free template that you can use to create your own Level 10 Life. It’s by far the most popular resource on my blog! 3. Different Bullet Journal Weekly […]

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My 2019 Bullet Journal Setup

2019 has just rolled around the corner. Time to set new goals for the blank canvas of this brand new year, time to choose our new resolutions. And time for a 2019 Bullet journal setup! Last year, after my journaling slump, I’ve decided to stick with a more minimalistic approach, which was reinforced when I read The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll. Stripped down to its essence, the Bullet journal system is still elegant, yet very practical. You’ll see that my spreads are very simple, nothing fancy or elaborate, just pure function. Let’s dive in! The first thing I did before I setup my new year is to brainstorm what spreads I wanted to include. I drafted a simple list with things to include, and things that I’ve tried that I wanted to bring back. Here’s what it looked like. In the Bullet Journal Method, Ryder Carroll suggests to start a new notebook at the beginning of each year. I have to admit that, this year, I rebelled. My notebook was filled to a quarter only and it felt […]

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What I read this month : November Edition

what i read in november

Here I am again with my book list for the month! I hope you’ve enjoyed last month’s installment? Inspired by Gretchen Rubin, I plan to make these posts a regular thing on the blog. Here’s goes my list for November! 1. When Breath Becomes Air Air by Paul Kalanithi This is a memoir I’ve heard so much about that I decided to pick it up on a whim. I listened to the audiobook which was really great. The author describes his experience as a neurosurgeon dealing with terminal cancer. His writing is literally haunting. Unfortunatly, he hasn’t been able to conclude his memoir, the illness progressing too fast. His wife completed the memoir, writing about his last moments and his legacy. A beautiful piece of littĂ©rature. 2. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat Unconventional read for a productivity blog, but I throroughly enjoyed this cookbook. Informing us about the science behind the elements of good cooking, Samin is not only informative, but also very funny. This book goes in depth and is beautifully […]

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The Bullet Journal Method Book Review

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

It is not often that I am beyond excited to read a new book. But the minute I heard that Ryder Carroll, creator of the Bullet Journal wrote a book on the subject, I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I preordered the book in June, and it came on the day of its release, October 23rd. I read the book as soon as it came and I wished I could keep reading it forever. Does it ever happen to you to not want to finish a book because it is too good? That’s exactly how I felt reading the Bullet Journal Method. To be clear, this post will not be a summary of how the Bullet journal works. If you are new to the idea of Bullet journaling, check out my intro guide here. A Bullet Journal guide, but much much more Yes, the Bullet Journal Method presents you with a guide on how to create your own bujo. You will learn the basics, the main spreads, and even see examples on how to structure your […]

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What I read this month : October edition

I am always curious to snoop on what others are reading. One of my favorite authors, Gretchen Rubin, started sharing a monthly recap of what she’s been reading and it made me think that you might also benefit from book recommandations! So I’ve decided to start my own monthly recap! I hope you like it! So onwards with what I read in October. It is a melting pot of personal development and productivity, sprinkled with a touch of whimsy : 1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness This is my touch of whimsy for the month! October being Halloween month, I read this little gem of a novel. We follow the adventure of a scholarly witch who falls in love with a vampire and thus provoke a war among creatures. Punctuated with history tidbits and lots of books, I did not expect I would enjoy this one so much. It is the first opus in the All Souls Trilogy and I already bought myself the second tome! 2. The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll I have been on […]

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My Health and Wellness journey : the Keto Diet

My face after losing 65 pounds

For the past few years, my main goal was to overhaul my health on all levels. I was feeling sick, I was morbidly obese and disgusted with my appearance. My fibromyalgia was flaring up on a daily basis. I did not know what to do to feel better but something needed to happen. I’m only in my thirties and the future was not so bright. I could see the specter of diabetes and heart disease looming above me. I wanted things to change. Last year, I had to take many days off of work because of intense gastrointestinal pain. My doctor diagnosed a gastritis and I tried to figure out how my diet was influencing the way I felt. I went to an acupuncturist and a naturopath and they both recommended that I quit dairy and investigate gluten sensitivity. I went off both for two months and my gastritis went away. My naturopath suggested that I take a food sensitivities test and the results were astounding. I was sensitive not only to gluten and dairy, but also to soy, eggs, […]

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Back from my annual silent retreat – Lessons learned

Once or twice a year, I like to rent a small apartment for a few days and reflect on my life, my goals and aspirations. March and September are my favorite time of year to go on a silent retreat. This year was no exception. A few weeks ago, I was having dinner with my family at my father’s place when someone asked us where we’d see ourselves in 5 years. I was very uncomfortable with the question, because for the first time in years, I had no idea. My hubby said he was hoping we’d still be together in 5 years, but of that I had no doubt. I know that I love him and that I still want to live my life with him in the forseable future. But professionally, where do I want to be? Do I still enjoy my career as an executive assistant? Is it what I truly want to be doing with my life? When I feel confused, uncertain, I like to look inward, journal and reflect. The best way that I know of […]

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A peek inside my morning routine!

a peek inside my morning routine

Morning routines are a great way to start your day on a positive note and, when running smoothly, they can make your whole day more productive. I’ve been interested in successful people’s morning routines for as long as I can remember. Over the years, I’ve discovered a method that included everything I wanted as far as routines go and I’ve been practicing the same routine for the past 4 years now. Today’s post is a peek inside my morning routine. Let’s dive in! Since 2014, I’ve been on a personal development journey that brought me to discover podcasts and self-help books. In one of the podcasts I’ve listened to, the host interviewed a man called Hal Elrod who was talking about his morning routine, the now very popular Miracle Morning. Hal explained that hitting the snooze button is like hating to wake up, yet doing it over and over again. That was my ah ha! moment. I was snoozing like crazy and I dreaded mornings. But when I heard Hal describing my habit, a lightbulb went on and I decided […]

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My Favorite Productivity Tools – 2018 Edition

My Favorite Productivity Tools

Well, well! Hello again! I know that I’ve been MIA for the past month or so, and let me tell you that it has been most rejuvenating! I’m ready to dive back into productivity with you guys and today I start with a round up of my favorite, and most used productivity tools! Are you ready? 1. A good calendar app Everyone needs a good calendar app. To jot down your appointments, but also to create a template of your ideal week! My calendar of choice, after trying so many out there, remains the good old Google Calendar. Easy to use, this calendar will sync across your devices and allow you to create multiple calendars that you can share, or not, with your colleagues or significant other. I don’t need a ton of bells and whistles with my calendar app, so this one is still my favorite. 2. A task manager Here again, I’ve tried a fair share of task managers that integrate well with the Getting Things Done methodology. Some were clunkly, others were truly ugly, others were way […]

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Nonviolent communication : problem-solver and happiness booster

When my friends and loved ones feel sad or worried, I tend to feel very powerless. I just don’t know how to react! I would like to show support but only seem to spurt out unwanted advice. I know that’s not what they need, but I don’t know how to offer the empathetic ear they are longing for. While doing research, I recently stumbled upon a technique that teaches us how to listen to our friends’ needs and truly show them that we care. It is called nonviolent communication. I must say that I am not in love with the term. Coined by psychologist and author Marshall B. Rosenberg, nonviolent communication refers to a way of communicating that will cause no harm to its recipient. I did not believe that giving unwanted advice was “violent” in any way, but it can surely harm a relationship if the person manifesting sadness is only wishing for closure and connection. So what is this communication technique that does no harm? Nonviolent communication is a technique that can be applied towards others or ourselves. […]

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