Shift your mindset from productivity to mindfulness, and your life will improve.

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I’m a big believer in the efficiency of habits, which is why I’ve spent the better part of a decade trying to make desirable behavior automatic.

Did I succeed? Umm, no. I’ll leave it to Tim Ferris and James Clear to hack their own behaviors because mine is about as compliant as a spoiled sloth.

Over the past ten years of conscious efforts to change for the better, I haven’t accomplished much in terms of habits, although all that effort combined resulted in a better lifestyle.

I can’t say I completely failed at habits. I’m on a healthy diet, I…

I’ve always failed at time blocking. When I found I was in “obliger rebellion”, I found better ways to approach my work.

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Most of us looking to improve our days aren’t business moguls. It’s not like our schedules are so jam-packed that you can’t throw a needle in there. It’s not like we need help figuring out how to fill every waking hour with highly productive activities.

What we need help with is getting started and staying committed. Working on what’s meaningful. Feeling a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

Most of us are average. Before you get offended, you should know that being anything less than extraordinary isn’t that bad. …

And turning your side hustle into a legit job

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Two short months ago, I wrote about how I made $800+ on my first month on Upwork. I didn’t stop there. May was a record month of $1,435, and June didn’t disappoint either.

I’m still a budding freelancer, transitioning from my day job to doing this full-time, so I don’t have it all figured out. But, if I managed to earn this much by only putting in 10 hours of work per week, I’m sure you can do it too.

This article will help you if you’re looking to plunge into the world of freelance writing, or better yet, if…

And if you’re vegan, more reason to get excited.

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Imagine this scenario. You wake up tired and cranky. You sip your coffee in silence, trying to extend those precious few moments of peace.

At work, you eat your lunch and become painfully bloated. The afternoon slump hits you like a ton of bricks. You can barely keep your eyes open, let alone focus on any important work.

By bedtime, you’re so hyped up from all the worries and stress you’ve accumulated throughout the day that you’re now fully awake. You have trouble sleeping, so you stare into a screen for hours, reluctant to start another day.

If this is…

Intense focus may be the answer to our work-life imbalance.

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When I told one of my colleagues I was leaving my dental career to work remotely as a freelance writer, he replied:

“That’s nice. I’d love to work for a couple of hours and sip cocktails too. But I have three kids to feed.”

He wasn’t ironic. But clearly, he was missing the picture. Ever since I started freelance writing, I’ve felt like work-life balance is more unattainable than ever.

I feel like all I do is work. And when I’m trying to take a moment for myself, I’m thinking, worrying, and feeling guilty about work.

Of course, I wouldn’t…

By leveraging my writing and editing skills

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Exactly one year ago, I was burnt out and ready to change career paths. After dedicating half of my life (17 years) to medicine and seeing my physical health and sanity slowly deteriorate, enough was enough. I had to find something else to fill my time, preferably something just as financially lucrative as dentistry.

But was that even possible? I was ready to become a beginner again, even if it required a massive cut in my income and a very steep learning curve. Long story short, I delved deep into the blogging and content-creating world.

At first, I focused all…

I constantly pushed its limits and got sick and burnt out in the process

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My therapist gave me full permission to hang out in my comfort zone for the time being. All I have to do now is work on whatever I’ve been doing and resist the urge to push any boundaries.

I’m not going to lie — this is hard for me. I feel like I’ve been stuck with the foot all the way down on the gas pedal for so long that I don’t even remember how else to be.

Stepping out of our comfort zone has been glorified by the self-improvement industry for so long that we’ve come to associate stability…

Failing to predict our own behavior can put a dent into the best of plans.

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Has this ever happened to you:

You identify a problem in your life — say, gaining lots of weight over a short period of time. It’s starting to impact your everyday life in negative ways; it brings you down and affects your health.

You decide, no more. You do your research, devise a meticulous plan, shop for ingredients, and stock your fridge with healthy food. “Present you” is having a field day with all the preparations and excitement for your future transformation.

A few days go by until Monday comes along. Because, invariably, all plans start on Monday.

“Monday you”…

Don’t let their fears hold you back

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I know how it feels. Doubtful, disapproving comments coming from “well-meaning” family members or friends can feel like a punch in the gut.

You’re already doubting yourself, beating yourself up, and feeling anxious about your plans being too outlandish. You fear that you’re not good enough. The last thing you need is more negativity.

Deep down, you know that your loved ones only have your best interest at heart. You understand that their behavior is nothing more than an expression of their own fear of the unknown. …

I wish I could wash away my feelings

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I enjoy designing bathrooms for some reason, so when the time came to finally create my own, I designed my bathroom to be the ultimate shrine of tranquility.

Light blue-gray tiles with lavender tones frame a refurbished cast iron bathtub from the 70s. The wood-like tile floor creates a pleasant contrast, complimenting the century-old wood beams in the ceiling.

A large round moss picture hangs on the wall, beside a round mirror of the exact same size (because I’m slightly obsessed with symmetry). …

Adriana Sim

In the process of GYST’ing and following my intuition. Gave up a career in medicine to pursue writing, blogging, and, most of all, living.

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