Putting my phone down and instead looking up for a change

I often find myself opening up my email 2-3 seconds after closing it, as if I'm going to find something new there. 

Other times I'll pick up my phone, unlock it to check the weather, and then spend 15 minutes scrolling mindlessly through Instagram.

Why do I exist in these maddening loops?

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Distraction is Killing My Productivity

I am very easily distracted. You honestly have no idea--Even in writing this, even just one sentence in, my thoughts have already bounced to different things. I'm writing in full-screen mode so that I'm at least less tempted to jump into another app or to respond to a notification... but the damage of the years and years of responding to buzzes and thoughts and ideas is deep.

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Gratefulness and productivity - How being grateful has helped me be more productive

Gratefulness and productivity don't immediately seem like two things that go together. Gratefulness is about being thankful for what you have-- no matter what it is. Productivity is about getting things done and working on things you (hopefully) care about, and achieving goals that matter to you.

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How to Actually Achieve Your Goals

Goals are a funny thing. We start with the best of intentions when setting a goal. We create a future we want for ourselves, and we can so strongly imagine that we're already there. We think about how good we're going to feel waking up on that day in exactly the spot we want to be-- whether it's a fitness related goal of running a marathon, or a business one of being able to pay yourself a decent salary off your own work, or something personal like finding a relationship that fulfills you. 

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