Deliberate Living

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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