2020 Calendar

Make positive shift happen in 2020 with a free printable CD Case Calendar! Keep handy information about the building blocks of positive shift at your fingertips. Here’s how to make a stand from a CD case.

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The 10 Week Productivity Challenge

desktop10weekchallengeWhen we increase our productivity, we get more of the important stuff done. Productivity is also one of the top skills that employers want. Get started today with the 10 Week Productivity Challenge to learn how to manage your tasks and make the most of your time! Sign up here to receive an email course with the top ten tips to increase productivity. This free course guides you through how to:

  1. Look at time use with an audit
  2. Choose (or review) a system
  3. Follow a routine
  4. Plan
  5. Have a direction
  6. Increase focus
  7. Take action
  8. Review
  9. Simplify
  10. Pay attention

Productivity is about making the most of the time we have. There’s no better time to begin than now!

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A Mindful Moment

In the moment that we notice, lies the potential for change.

Mindfulness is about noticing, paying attention, and being aware.

Mindfulness can mean observing the world around us. When we are mindful, we notice a beautiful sunset, inhale the smell of a flower, listen to moving music, feel a cool breeze, and savor the taste of food. We use all of our senses to notice what is going on. We look into the eyes of the people we love, and listen closely to what they are saying.

Mindfulness can also be about an inner focus: noticing our own thoughts and emotions, and whether we are paying attention to the negative or the positive, the important or the unimportant. When we are tuned into what is going on within us, we might notice that our energy levels are low and see that it is time to re-charge. We might become aware that we are spending too much time on work or social media, and neglecting the people right in front of us.

In our busy world with countless distractions, too often we become so absorbed by the virtual world that we forget to look up and notice. We are happier when we connect with others, so plan a face-to-face meeting with a friend, or get together with family, and focus on them. Pleasure is added when we anticipate a fun activity, or recall a fun time in the past.

There are meditations designed to increase mindfulness, like this walk along the beach video (24:41) from Jason Stephenson. But there is a difference between the two terms even though sometimes they are used synonymously. While very helpful for meditation and deep breathing (and all the building blocks of positive shift), mindfulness is really about being aware of the present moment. Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote that mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”

A Mindfulness Exercise

Listen to a CD of the sounds of ocean waves, while imagining all the sensations of standing on an ocean beach, surrounded by blue sky, green palm trees, and the sweet scent of colorful flowers. Imagine feeling the warmth of the sun, a gentle breeze, and the sand beneath your feet. As you touch on all the senses, feel your connection with the world. Inhale deeply and stretch up, while imagining you are filling up with hope, peace, serenity, and calm. As you slowly exhale, reach toward your toes while you let go of all tensions and worries.

Tools to become more mindful:

Learn more at the Positive Shift Happens Toolkit

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The Building Blocks of Positive Shift: BE MEASURING

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The building blocks of positive shift are not complicated. You likley have heard of some of them before. Many of them are simple, and most of them are not hard to do. Why, then, do we often fail to practice them? They require an investment of time, and we may be so busy and distracted that we forget the convincing research on the Benefits of Happiness Habits in Infographics. I’m positive you will gain many benefits if you practice the activities have been shown to increase well-being by studies in the field of Positive Psychology. Learn more with resources at The Positive Shift Happens Toolkit

BEMEASURING Building Blocks pdf

Breathe: breathe deeply

Exercise: regular physical exercise

Meditate: practice focused attention, returning wandering thoughts back to the focus point

Emotionally Aware: understand your own emotions and empathize with others

Aspire: take action toward meaningful goals

Share & Spirituality: volunteer or contribute to a cause you believe in, perform random acts of kindness, connect with a higher power or philosophical and religious beliefs

Uplift: yourself with positive music and thoughts, and others with kind words

Relate: spend time interacting with people

In Flow: use the talents that cause you to lose track of time

Notice: look up, be aware and mindful, pay attention, smell the roses. Plan and anticipate activities, remember good times.

Gratitude: begin the day with appreciation, and end it by thinking of a few things you are grateful for. Thank those you are grateful for.

While the first letters of these activities happen to spell BE MEASURING, it is not usually important to measure them! What is important, is to make them a regular part of your life.

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Reading Lesson Plan

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Bossy R Variations

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More Ways That Vowels Can Be Long

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Letters With More Than One Sound: the Vowels

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Blends and Blending

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The 44 Sounds of English

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