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Life tracking : The apps I use

There’s a movement on the web called Quantified Self. The idea is to track different aspects of your life to measure your progress and hopefully improve over time. There are Quantified Self groups all over the internet, really, it’s a thing. With the rise of smart objects, there are now numerous apps and devices you can use to track your life. Here’s a list of the apps I personally use for life tracking. MyFitnessPal During my weight loss journey, MyFitnessPal has been very useful to track my weight, my daily calories and carb count, as well as my measurements, ketone production and much more. I pay for the premium version to have access to the macronutrient percentages at each meal, but I recently made the switch over to Carb Manager, a similar app geared towards the keto diet. The free version of MyFitnessPal should suffice if you only want to track your calories and weight. Renpho Smart Scale I recently switched from a standard scale to this smart Bluetooth body composition scale that tracks my weight, but also my fat […]

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What I read this month – February edition

Another month, another edition of what I read this month! Here’s all the books I’ve enjoyed during the month of February : 1. The 8th Habit After reading the classic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, I wanted to dive deeper into the works of Steven Covey, one of the grandfathers of productivity. I did not get the same amazed feeling as reading the 7 habits. I felt that this one was more geared towards a business setting than personal development per se. Still, it contained a few wisdom nuggets. 2. Équilibrer le système hormonal grâce aux méthodes naturelles (French Edition)(Equilibrate the hormonal system with natural methods) I suspect that my adrenals are overworked, resulting in chronic insomnia since the holidays. Adrenal fatigue is a subject that has interested me a lot lately and I am in the process of going through some tests to diagnose my cortisol levels. An interesting read, focused on plants and natural remedies to improve hormonal function. 3. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life There’s a plethora of books on […]

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What I read this month – January edition

I’m back with another edition of what I read this month! In 2018, I read 97 books, the same as 2017. In 2019, I want to crush my record and aim for 100 books! So far so good! 1. Simply Keto: A Practical Approach to Health & Weight Loss, with 100+ Easy Low-Carb Recipes I’m always on the lookout for a good keto cookbook! If you’ve been following my weight loss story, I’ve lost 10 pounds in January. 2019 is off to a good start! 2. Dr. Berg’s New Body Type Guide: Get Healthy Lose Weight & Feel Great This book has been eye opening. It comes with a survey to determine your body type and suggests an appropriate diet for your body type. I learned a ton about hormones and their functions and opened up new ways to look at my health. 3. Three times a day, Tome 2 This is not a keto cookbook, but I like Marilou’s focus on clean ingredients. There are dairy free recipes, gluten free, nut free and they all look delish! 4. The […]

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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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Reorienting Productive Happiness

reorienting productive happiness

March has been the scene of a major existential crisis at Productive Happiness headquarters. You might have noticed that I’ve been missing in action last week, and this absence was the result of this whole I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-my-life crisis that’s been going on for the whole past month. Be prepared for a very honest and vulnerable post. I’ve been blogging here at Productive Happiness for the past 2 years, except for a medical leave that lasted a few months in late 2016 and early 2017. Following that medical leave, I quit my day job and gave a shot at earning a living from the blog. I tried several things, incorporated affiliate links and even launched my own coaching program, which was a total and absolute fail. In early January, I came to the conclusion that I needed to supplement my small income with a part-time job, which I did not really enjoy. I started reading more and more business books, marketing tactics and sales books to help crack the code of money-making with a blog. Each time I would force myself to […]

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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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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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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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Productive Happiness is BACK!

Productive Happiness is back

Hey y’all! Productive Happiness is back! After 4 long months on a medical leave, I am fully rested and ready to get back to blogging! I missed writing so much, I realize that it is such an important part of my life and I am so glad I have this blog as a creative outlet to share my passion for personal development! The last few months have been quite difficult for me, being sick at home unable to work on my projects, or do anything really… This led me to a lot of thinking and, as I reflected on my life, I decided to rethink my goals. I spent the last 4 weeks soul-searching to find out what direction I wanted to take from now on, so I decided to go on a silent retreat to figure things out. Last week, I rented an Airbnb in a charming neighborhood here in Montreal with the only company of my notebooks, my trusted fountain pens and a few books. I was lucky to share my rental with a lovely female cat named Samy who […]

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