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A Beginner’s Guide to Getting things Done

A Beginner's Guide to Getting Things Done

Back in 2014, I was undergoing a major life overhaul. I had just started the Miracle Morning and was also starting my project of becoming a full-time blogger. I soon realized that, if I wanted to juggle my regular job and my side hustle, I needed to improve my productivity game. I heard of a book called Getting Things Done. The tagline of the book piqued my interest : The Art of Stress-free Productivity. That’s what I wanted! Get everything done with a zen attitude! Don’t we all want that? In today’s article, I will share a beginner’s guide to Getting Things Done, the productivity system that will allow you to get your life under control and achieve what David Allen calls “mind like water”. First, let’s start by stating what Getting Things Done (GTD) is not. It is not a quick-fix technique to boost your productivity. It is not a single tip, but a whole system, a methodology to encompass everything you need and want to do in your life, both professionally and personally. The GTD system is not […]

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Flow : The Pleasure of Getting More Done

how to achieve flow state

We’ve all experienced a time in our life when we lost ourselves in a task that we truly enjoyed. We were having such a nice time, creating, writing, playing sports, that we lost track of time and felt a deep, powerful feeling of wellbeing. We were completely in the zone. A Hungarian psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, coined a term for this state of consciousness :  flow. What is flow? According to Steven Kotler, author of The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance, “flow is an optimal state of consciousness, when you feel and perform your best. It’s the moment of total absorption. Time speeds up or slows down like a freeze-frame effect. Mental and physical ability go through roof and the brain takes in more information per second, processing it more deeply.” Experiencing flow state has many positive impacts on our levels of performance and on our productivity, but also increases our concentration, reduces stress and increases our creativity and our ability to solve problems. Flow state is also linked to happiness; while in flow, we are […]

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My secret weapon to productivity : the Bullet Journal

A few years ago, I came across an article on Lifehacker about a new productivity tool using only a pen and a notebook. The creator of the new method, a designer called Ryder Caroll, created a beautiful video to explain his method, along with a companion website. He called his tool the Bullet Journal. At first, I really liked the idea of writing bullets next to my tasks in my notebook of choice and to check them off as I went. It took me a whole year before I decided to really implement his method and I am now a fervent advocate of the Bullet Journal. A brief overview of the Bullet Journal method The Bullet Journal is essentially composed of a notebook that will hold your tasks, appointments, ideas and projects, organized into different “collections”. A collection is a page in your journal dedicated to a specific subject. I would highly suggest that you watch the official Bullet Journal video to have a complete overview of Ryder Caroll’s method. The video is fairly short but so well made that […]

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My #1 habit to stay sane and boost my happiness

number 1 habit to stay sane journaling

April is National Journal Writing Month, also known as NaJoWriMo, a journaling challenge  inviting people from all over the world to keep a journal for 30 days. Since journaling is a huge part of my personal development, I thought the end of March was the perfect moment to write on the topic of journal writing as a tool for happiness to inspire you to join me for NaJoWriMo. A few years ago, I had quite a rough patch when a health problem forced me to stay home for 3 years, unable to work. I had to experiment with different medication, dealing with the backlash of a myriad of side effects, ranging from memory loss,  to incontrolable shaking, to hair loss. The effects on my morale were devastating. As a self-proclaimed workaholic, staying home for so long made me feel useless, depressed and my self-esteem plummeted. There is one thing that allowed me to process the difficult situation I was in and to find positivity in those trying times : journaling. I started back then a blog to share my healing […]

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Quarter planning – 5 steps to achieve more goals

Back in 2015, I had the habit of setting goals in January, resolutions of sorts. That year, I set more than 40 goals and was very committed, in the first two months… When my drive gradually dissolved, I started to cross off items from my list. I started making excuses. At the end of the year, I had accomplished 15 of those 40+ goals. Not a bad result, but not even close. I realized that I had two problems in my planning method. First, I set too many goals to be able to work on all of them. Second, most of the goals I set in January were no longer relevant in April. This is when I learned about quarter planning. Shortly before I read Michael Hyatt’s book Living Forward, I heard him talk about quarter planning on his podcast, This is your life. I was very intrigued. Right after I’ve listened to that episode, I was introduced by Jeff Sanders’ podcast to The 12 Week Year book by Brian P Moran. After reading his book, I created the planning […]

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Multitasking is the enemy, and what you can do about it

multitasking is the enemy, what you can do about it

I am at work. My mind is scattered as I switch mindlessly from one task to the other. I am stressed out and I can’t seem to achieve anything on my to-do list. I feel frustrated and unhappy. Multitasking is the enemy. In this day and age, we all work in fast paced environments where we are required to tackle many projects simultaneously. We don’t have enough time to get everything accomplished, so we turn to multitasking as a way to get everything done. We believe that multitasking makes us more effective, when in fact, it doesn’t. I’ll share with you today why multitasking is a myth and affects our productivity in a negative way. Here we go. Multitasking is a myth When we multitask, we believe that we are working on many things at once. But in fact, our brains are only able to focus on one thing at a time. We are not actually multitasking, we are task-switching. There is a phenomenon that occurs when we leave one task to focus on the next that is called attention […]

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Spotlight on Kendra Wright and the Year of Fear project

Kendra Wright, creator of the Year of Fear Project

When I first started this blog, my goal was to share the stories of ordinary people who took control of their happiness to create an amazing life. I wanted to inspire my readers to take action towards a happy and meaningful life. That is why I am so happy today to share with you the story of Kendra Wright, a real badass girl who created 3 years ago a project called the Year of Fear. Kendra Wright is a blogger, writer, speaker and location independent entrepreneur. Since creating the Year Of Fear Project in 2013, she has completed over 700 self-assigned comfort zone challenges. Kendra specializes in teaching others how to break through fear and uncertainty, productivity slumps, and create better work-life balance (without abandoning the inner hustle). The Year of Fear project consists of challenges that would push the limits of her comfort zone. In the first year, she went through 365 challenges, one for each day. Soon, her project started to intrigue others and eventually became a movement. Today, I share with you my interview with the awesome […]

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Living Forward, a summary of life planning

Last year, I felt unsettled. One day, I came back from work with this feeling in my chest that my days were useless. I had the feeling that I was living my life without direction, just going through the motions of my everyday life, without a clear purpose. I would get up, rush through my morning routine, go to work, come back and read Facebook, then go to sleep. I was not achieving anything major during the day. I was drifting. At the same time, Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy released a book called Living Forward – A proven plan to stop drifting and get the life you want. Needless to say, the book caught my attention. I am a huge fan of Michael Hyatt and I was convinced that his book would be very powerful and inspiring. I was not mistaken. I rented an Airbnb to spend 3 days, in silence, to try and find a meaning to this drift I was experiencing and bring back purpose into my life. I read the book in a very short time […]

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Productivity Powerpack – The Weekly Review

I am a big proponent of David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology. I have used his method for 2 years now and I must say that I now know what he meant by “mind like water”. When I first got interested in David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology, my mind was scattered and I found that I was always forgetting to do certain tasks. I felt that my mind was full of stuff I was supposed to do, but I did not know how to organize my thoughts and feel at peace. GTD offered me a framework to capture my thoughts and process them efficiently, and experience peace of mind. The most important part of GTD for me is the Weekly Review. What is the weekly review The weekly review is a productivity practice that you perform each week to get clear on your tasks, goals and projects and what needs to be done. It can be performed in as short as 20 minutes, or take a few hours. Mine usually takes 30 minutes or so. I go through […]

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How I use the Pomodoro Technique to curb procrastination

Have you ever postponed a task, way too many times, because you did not feel like doing it? Have you ever felt that your motivation was so low that you couldn’t achieve anything? I have being in this situation way too often, so I found a special trick to curb procrastination and boost my motivation, in just 25 minutes! It is called the Pomodoro Technique. Simplest productivity method The Pomodoro Technique has been developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. The concept is simple. You set a timer for 25 minutes and you work on a task, without distractions, until the timer goes off. I use this technique every time I find myself procrastinating on a task. Knowing that I will only spend 25 minutes on the task motivates me to accomplish the most of it during that time. When the 25 minutes is up, I get a 5 minutes break and do something rewarding, like reading a blog article on my favorite topics. After four 25 minutes intervals, take a 15 to 30 minutes break.  Those 25 minutes chunks […]

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