Productivity Killers: Giving Yourself Space and Goals

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I was glancing through my spiritual journal this morning, and I noticed very quickly. My two top productivity killers.
Technology and reading.
I always find things that I’d like to try, I start and very quickly get overwhelmed and get lost in all the things I have going on.

I need to start letting go of something temporarily while trying new things on to give the new thing a fair chance.
My most obviously things to let go of are reading and technology depending on which one works best.

I’ve also been terrible at following the goal I set of unplugging Friday night until Sunday.
So I am going to get back to doing that at least once a month.

Just before Lent I found SSJE.
Which I followed briefly before becoming overwhelmed by everything.
I loved the videos that I found. I really felt like they fit.  Each had it’s own theme. (A word of the day)

But I set it up to fail by not giving myself the space to give it a fair shot.
My new goal is to finish the book I am reading  and it will be the last book I read.
At least until I spend a few days giving the SSJE videos a fair chance and actually spending the time watching and reflecting on them.

With the latest pre order hitting my Kindle this morning that is one tricky goal.

Gangirls Guide to the Galaxy

But my determination will get me through it.
If nothing else it just may help me gain a little more patience.

What are your top productivity killers? Has trying to change how you focus helped improve your productivity?
What did you learn about yourself from the experience?

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The Seeker’s Guide to Harry Potter

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The Seeker's Guide to Harry Potter

I bought this book after stumbling on to it while looking for something else. I was actually looking for a spirituality book I could share with a preschooler.

The universe. Love it.

I had no idea what to expect from this book, which I kind of love because I expected nothing. It’s not too often I go into a book with no expectations. So it’s always kind of refreshing when it happens.

One of the things I loved about this book, is the paper. It feels like a heavier weight paper.

It is 259 pages if you include the bibliography, footnotes/end notes section etc.
The actual book is 212 pages. (Speaks volumes about how awesome the bibliography section and such are!)

I loved this book.
It’s not a light read, so if you are looking for something light and fluffy to escape in to this is not that book.(By any stretch of the imagination)
If you are a Harry Potter fan who loves analyzing the series than this could be a book for you. However if you are a Harry Potter fan who also is in to Spirituality than this is your book.

The best way I found for me to really take this book in was with a pen to mark sections and underline (the horror!)
But I am also considering re-reading it, now that I’ve finished it to really take it in. There is just so much meat to it, and so many amazing things to  consider and mull on that I honestly think it deserves at the very least that.

I love all the different spiritual/religious paths mentioned through out this book. It doesn’t just choose one path and run with it. The author truly opens up and dives in with many different faiths and includes snippets and references through out her writing.

The author also references the different editions of the book, and notes where differences lie between the books. Which gave her books that much more.
You can see the authors heart in every page of this book, as well as her love for the series itself.
It wasn’t just an easy money grab.

My recommendation for this book is to give it at least a long weekend to read through, don’t rush through it. It’s only 212 pages with out the end bits. But it has meat on its bones. Take your time, have a pen and a notepad with you so you can scribble notes, and underline (or post it notes to mark pages at least). Settle in with a tea (or your favourite cold beverage if you’re also enjoying the heat) and let yourself absorb this book.

Can’t recommend this book enough. 5 stars.

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