Deliberate Living

Unexpected Things I’ve Done During Isolation – Productivity Article

I really didn’t expect my life to change much during the social distancing/isolation of COVID. Other than knocking some forced socialization off my schedule. But I’ve done some things that I couldn’t foresee, and have surprised those who know me. Here are some unexpected things I have done during the isolation. I’ve Started Cooking Again You may think that this is not a big deal, but I am truly well and done with producing meals. I took over managing a…

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Animation: How To Break Bad Habits – Productivity Article

Deliberate Living,  How To May 4, 2020 / Jeffrey Marr, from Between The Lines Animation, has made a great video on how to break bad habits. It’s a summary of the information provided in the book Atomic Habits. Take a look at this informative and entertaining video: By Laura Earnest This is only a snippet of a Productivity article written by Laura Earnest Read Full Article

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Doing A Media Fast | Laura Earnest – Productivity Article

How much time per day do you spend consuming media? I’m talking about news, magazines, social media and websites. Has it increased with the pandemic? Is it doing you good? Or is it making you anxious and depressed? A media fast can help us break the cycle that news has over us. At a time when we need to be focusing on personal circumstances, keeping up with the media can distract us, or even worse, derail us completely and offer…

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What You’re Not Changing You’re Choosing – Productivity Article

I saw this phrase on Pinterest: “What you’re not changing you’re choosing.” That’s pretty powerful. What am I happy with? I’m choosing that. What am I dissatisfied with? If I’m not working to change it, I’m staying stuck. What does this all mean in practical terms? This year I am choosing those things that bring me joy. I am noticing what is in my life, and where I am at any given moment. I am taking time out…

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Deliberate December | Laura Earnest – Productivity Article

The holiday season is upon us. For most people, it hits like a blizzard tornado, and they find themselves spit out in January dazed, exhausted and bruised. And I understand, because I was like that for many years. Now, with my focus on deliberate choices, I am looking at a different type of December. I will state outright here that I am not a traditionally religious person, but I view December, with its various snowy light-centered holidays, as a time…

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Boost Productivity by Simplifying Spaces – Productivity Article

Many years ago I had a revelation. My daughter was in her early school years, and our house was littered with toys. My daughter received a “Littlest Pet Shop” item for her birthday. She had many toys, but it had been a long time since I had seen her so fascinated with a single toy and playing for hours. As we freed the toy from its packaging, involving wire cutters for the twist ties and the scissors for the invisible…

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Building a Morning Routine That Matters – Productivity Article

One of the things that I struggle with as I put together routines to support my life is meaning. It’s one thing to take another person’s routine and adopt it, but for me, this quickly turns sour if it doesn’t matter to my life. I’m looking at this more closely as I rebuild routines. A few months ago I did a 30 day challenge to get up earlier and do my morning routine. And while I am still struggling with…

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30 Day Challenge: Early Rising Wrap-up – Productivity Article

30 days of getting up before the sun. My night-owl brain rebelled at the idea, but at the same time, I believed it was key to getting important things done every day. The Challenge The challenge to myself was to craft and implement an early-morning routine. This was created because I wanted to have consistent time to read non-fiction, write, and do some basic self-care activities like journaling and stretching every morning. Lessons Learned There were a few…

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