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How to craft your ideal week

I used to get bogged down by the trivial stuff. There’s only so much you can do in a week, and it was easy to put my efforts on the small stuff and forget the big projects that would really make a difference. I’d spend my days in my email inbox and no big project would move forward. Then I remembered what Stephen Covey used to say : “Put in the big rocks first.” I needed to change the way I approached my weeks and make time for what was most important. I needed to craft my ideal week. I first got introduced to the idea of an ideal week when I read Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Dan Harkavy. To make sure that our grandest goals get achieved, Hyatt suggested that we designed our ideal week to carve out the time for what matters most. When I created my life plan, I drafted an outline of my ideal week and never looked back. Like a budget for your time The idea of the ideal week is similar to […]

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10 Bullet Journal Instagram accounts to follow

My favorite place to look for inspiration for my Bullet journal is on Instagram. I love to browse the layouts, spreads and colorful pictures in my feed for hours on end. I thought it might be fun to share with you the top 10 Bullet journal Instagram accounts to follow according to yours truly! Let’s jump in! Brian Qian Youtuber and Instagrammer Brian Qian, also known by StudywithInspo, is one of my favorite Bullet journalists to follow. I love his doodles and soft designs, especially his floral drawings!   OurJourneyinjournals Mae-Mae Han’s fee is super fun, very colorful, and features pretty brush lettering. If you’re into this kind of journaling, check her out! j.creas I love Janika’s feed, especially for the interesting collection ideas she shares! She’s journaling in french like me and her spreads are fun and pretty.   Leuchtturm 1917 Our friends over at Leuchtturm 1917 have a great Instagram account! Their feed features bullet journalists from all over and inspire us sharing other ways to use our planners.   Gardensanctuaryjournaling Elisabeth’s account not only features Bullet journals, […]

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Get rid of Chronic Forgetfulness with Zachary Sexton

Zachary Sexton

In last week’s blog post, I shared a new productivity system I’ve been trying out for a while, the Personal Kanban, which has dramatically changed the way I approach work and life. I’ve been introduced to this system by one of my productivity super heroes, Zachary Sexton, formerly host of the Asian Efficiency podcast. He graciously accepted to come over this week and share a bit more about Personal Kanban and some of his best productivity advices. Here’s the transcript of this exciting interview! Can you introduce yourself and your background, your why and how you are living it at the moment? “I am a writer, podcaster, teacher, meditator, skier and non-recovering business, caffeine and productivity junkie. I live in Austin, TX with my fiancée Nikida and two dogs, Gus and Morty.” Zack graduated college in 2009 with a degree dual degree in Business and Economics. He then spent a year in Washington DC working as a Senate aide. He also taught math in Denver Public Schools for 2 years. He eventually burned out. Took a year to explore ‘who am I’ […]

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Personal Kanban : a new way to approach life and work

personal kanban

While listening to one of my favorite podcasts recently, I’ve been introduced to a productivity system that is radically different from the traditional to-do list; the Personal Kanban. I was immediately intrigued by this system and decided to try it for myself. I must say that it has dramatically changed the way I approach work and life and I just had to share it with you guys. What is a kanban The Kanban methodology is very popular in product and software development after it has been popularized by the automobile empire Toyota. A kanban is a type of billboard with different columns. Some people use a whiteboard, others use a digital software, others use their office walls in lieu of a kanban, any surface with columns will do. You can even divide a page in your Bullet journal and use it as your kanban. The traditional Personal Kanban uses 3 columns : to-do, doing and done. The principle is simple. When you get a task, or project to accomplish, write it on a post-it note and stick it in the […]

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How to start a Bullet Journal

Maybe you’ve been lurking around on the blog before, or browsing Pinterest and Instagram, and have seen the beautiful notebooks everybody seems to be lugging around that they call a Bullet Journal. You’re intrigued and would like to start one, but you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the information floating around, a bit intimidated by the beautiful things people are coming up with, and you don’t know where to start. Here’s what this guide is for : helping you get rid of the overwhelm, and teaching you in concrete steps how to start a Bullet Journal. Let’s jump in! Start at the source If you haven’t already, the first place to start if you want your own Bullet Journal is directly at the source. The creator of the Bullet Journal system is called Ryder Carroll and he created a website describing the method in details. The first thing you should do is check out the Official Bullet Journal video. I’ll be waiting for you while you do that! Start with just a few basics All you need to start a Bullet […]

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Here’s why you need to take a break, like, now.

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I’ve been glued to the screen for hours, working on that super important document, but for the past hour or so, I feel like I am not making any progress. I’m dead tired and my brain ain’t doing its thing anymore. I need to take a break. I’m sure you’ve been in this situation before, you felt like the more you’ve been working, the less productive you are. Exhaustion sets in and progress stalls. In these situations, we tend to think that if we push further, we’ll get more done, but it’s quite the contrary. Your brain has a limited supply of concentration, willpower and energy. If you’ve been working for 90 minutes or more, these mental resources become depleted, and the only way to recharge is to take a break. Taking breaks can seem unproductive, since we’re not actually working during that time. But when exhaustion sets in, productivity declines drastically, efficiency drops, and we start making mistakes. Breaks act to replenish your mental RAM, make you more efficient and produce more quality work. “Humans are just like smartphones […]

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Your best year ever, at your fingertips : Review

Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt

Over the years, there is one influencer I look up to most than others. Ex-CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, Michael Hyatt has grown quite a readership in the productivity and leadership sphere. His blog is ranked by Google in the top one-half percent of all blogs, scoring more than a million page views each month. His podcasts and books always have a place of choice in my media consumption each month. Passionate as I am with all things goal setting, I was eager to get my copy of Hyatt’s latest book, Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals, released this January 2nd. I read the whole thing in records time and also enrolled in the companion online course, 5 days to your best year ever. Unfortunately, this time, Michael Hyatt’s content disappointed. The course and book are divided in 5 parts, 5 steps to set and achieve your goals for the new year, or at any time really. Each step is actionable and specific steps are laid out at the end of every chapter […]

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Different Bullet Journal weekly spreads : what works best

Different Bullet Journal Weekly Spreads, what works best

0I’ve kept a Bullet Journal for the past 4 years now, and over time, I’ve tried different approaches, and different spreads to find what works best for me. That’s what I like the most about the Bullet Journal system, you can tweak it at will and make it your own. If something doesn’t work this week, try something different next week! One of the spreads that went through the most iterations in my own system is the Bullet Journal weekly spread. I’ve tried many versions, and I thought I’d share with you what I tried, and what worked best for me. Let’s jump in! Weekly spread 1.0 First, I’d like to mention that my first Bullet Journal did not have any weekly spread. At first, I was just doing dailies, splitting a spread into 8 equal parts, one for each day of the week, and one for next week’s tasks. What I did not like about this first attempt was that I did not have enough space for my dailies since each day is never the same and that I […]

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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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Top 10 books of 2017 – Part 2

I consider myself a true bookworm, a library rat as we say in French. But this past year, I’ve surpassed all my reading records by reading more than 90 books! I’ve selected my top 20 books of the year in this two-part series, and here’s the final 10 books I’ve appreciated most in 2017. The Four Tendencies I’ve been waiting for the release of this book for the most part of 2017. The author, Gretchen Rubin, is part of my team of virtual mentors, and I’ve been reading everything she publishes. It is no surprise that she appears twice in this top 10! The Four Tendencies is a personality framework she has come up with that help us better understand why we can or can’t accomplish certain goals we set for ourselves, and how to harness our personalities to achieve them. I’ve written a review when the book launched.   Better Than Before Better than Before is the previous book published by Gretchen Rubin. It is all about the strategies we can implement to set healthy habits and to break those […]

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