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How to set goals in the Bullet Journal

Goal setting has always been a passion of mine. When I started using my first Bullet journal back in 2015, I knew I had to incorporate goal setting in my journal, one way or the other. Here’s my process to set new goals in my Bullet journal. Quarterly goals Following the 12 week year method, I like to set quarterly goals, because its easier to keep the momentum going when you only have 90 days to accomplish a goal. Yearly resolutions tend to fail come February because we lose steam. Aiming for quarterly goals feel like a sprint, which keeps me motivated. Start by looking back Before I set new goals, I like to reflect on what I have accomplished in the past. One tool that I love to reflect on my accomplishments is the Level 10 Life exercise popularized by Hal Elrod, author of the Miracle Morning. I evaluate each area of my life, finances, career, relationships and so on on a scale of 1 to 10 and assess my current level of satisfaction. This paints a portrait of […]

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How to read more

In an average year, I read around 97 books. This year, my goal is to read 100. I often get asked how I get so much reading done and the answer is simple. I read all the time. And when I mean all the time, I mean many hours a day. To me, reading is the same as breathing. It is vital. In this blog post, I will share my best tips to help you read more. Pick the ones that work for you, and implement them today! Always carry a book with you The simplest way to make sure you read, a lot, is to always carry a book with you. Books can be bulky to carry, so I like to keep ebooks in my phone. With the Kindle app, ebooks are accessible on all your devices. Having a book handy at my fingertips mean that I can read in the subway, in line at the grocery store, waiting at the dentist, anywhere really. I know that I always have a good book with me and it helps me […]

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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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The Waiting For list in the Bullet journal

One of the most used spread in my Bullet journal is my Waiting for list. I’ve been introduced to this idea in David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done as an essential part of the GTD methodology. When I got started using a Bullet journal, I quickly created this simple spread that has stuck ever since. This list is super simple. I keep track of what I’m waiting for, from whom, and keep track of when I’m expecting a response. Finally, I write down the date when I actually get what I’ve been waiting for. The Waiting For list helps you stay mindful of all the things that are pending because someone else needs to take action on something. By reviewing your list regularly, you are then able to follow up accordingly and make things happen. There are a number of ways that you can use to stay on top of your list. Start with a brain dump One thing that I suggest when first populating your list is to do a brain dump. Take a few minutes to reflect on […]

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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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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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Stop comparing your Bullet journal!

3 Leuchtturm notebooks

In the many Bullet journal Facebook groups I am a part of, I hear people complain about comparing their bujo to the highly creative and ornemented ones you see on Instagram. They say that they can’t draw, that their handwriting is awful, but they still want to take part in the hobby. I hear you. Today, I’d like to give you permission to do what works for you. You don’t have to keep up with the Joneses! Keep it simple I wrote about my recent journaling slump lately. Since I’ve fallen into a rut, to keep up with the habit, I’ve decided to simplify my spreads. What I see around are intricate, highly decorated spreads, lots of drawings, washi, stamps, and more! If you have fun creating these intricate spreads, do not hold off! But if you feel like this is too complicated, too much work, or just not your style, you can do very simple spreads, in black and white or with a simple splash of color, and leave the decorating aside. Lately, my designs have been really straightforward. […]

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8 ideas to put your notebooks to good use

If you are a regular here at Productive Happiness, chances are that you are a stationery afficionado. Do you have a tendency to collect blank notebooks, just because you find them pretty? I certainly do. At any given time, I might have a dozen notebooks laying around, most of them still empty. In today’s blog post, I wanted to share a few ideas to put your blank notebooks to good use! Diary This is the most classic way of using your lined notebooks. During my Miracle Morning, I use a fancy notebook by paperblanks that holds my fountain pen ink beautifully. I write about the previous day and about anything that’s weighing on my mind. I write for only a few minutes but it helps me process any difficulties I might encounter and find perspective in the midst of chaos. Gratitude log Keeping a gratitude log is becoming very popular nowadays. Positive psychology has popularized the idea that we tend to experience more of what we focus on. By writing a few things each day that you are grateful for, […]

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Simplifying : the journaling slump

journaling slump

In the past few months, I’ve been feeling stuck in a rut in my Bullet Journal. I used to spend a lot of time creating beautiful spreads and decorating with washi, stamps, colorful markers. But for the past few months, my heart just wasn’t in it. This journaling slump lead me to simplify my practice, and I quite like the result. Return to the basics As I have been slowly drown in my journaling slump, I let aside some of the spreads that used to take me lots of time to create each week, namely my weekly spreads. I went back to the basics ; a monthly spread to keep birthdates and important events, a monthly habit and mood tracker, and my blog statistics pages. No fluff, no collections that you create and never touch again, just the core essentials. And of course, my dailies. Bare naked During that journaling slump, I stripped bare my spreads. My dailies still have a pretty lettered header and weather icon, but nothing else. No bits of washi, pretty stickers or stamps. Just my […]

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