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10 benefits of rising early and how to do it 10 books that shaped my life and 40 others i love 10 ideas for living a life without credit or debt 10 things i learned from my second marathon 10 tips for lifes greatest challenge love thy enemy 10 tips to take back control of your health and get on the path to wellness 10 ways to beat the cant get no satisfaction syndrome 12 new rules of working you should embrace today 13 ideas to keep your wedding as simple as possible 13 ways to simplify international travel 15 cant miss ways to declutter your mind 15 ways to create an hour a day of extra time for solitude 16 tips to triple your workout effectiveness 17 unbeatable ways to create a peaceful relaxed workday 18 practical tips for living the golden rule 20 money hacks tips and tricks to improve your finances 20 things i wish i had known when starting out in life 20 tricks to nuke a bad habit 21 strategies for creating an emergency fund and why its critical 25 painless ways to free up an hour a day for your goals 27 great tips to keep your life organized 27 skills your child needs to know that shes not getting in school 31 ways to find inspiration for your writing 5 inspiration hacks for creative people 5 inspirations for being in the moment 5 powerful reasons to make reflection a daily habit and how to do it 5 tips to maximize your ability to concentrate 5 ways save the world while getting fitter saving money simplifying and becoming happier 50 amazing and essential novels to enrich your library 6 annoying fetishes i talk too much about 6 effective ways to combat boredom 6 questions to ask yourself to get the most out of life 6 steps to lose the buddha belly 6 summer travel tips 7 current writers im in love with 7 essential tips to make 2008 your best year ever 7 food hacks to stay alert without caffeine 7 habits of great writers 7 powerful steps to overcoming resistance and actually getting stuff done 7 steps to turn your self improvement desires into reality 7 ways to build the exercise habit 73 great debt elimination tips 75 simple pleasures to brighten your day 8 great anti hacks to fundamentally change your life 80 awesome weight loss tips 9 fail proof tips for eating healthy at social gatherings 9 ways to twitter your personal development A 12 step program to eating healthier than ever before A guide to beating the fears that are holding you back A guide to creating a minimalist home A marital spark 6 principles for more passion and energy in marriage A simple guide to being present for the overworked and overwhelmed A simple guide to keeping your counters clutter free A simple method to avoid being judgmental yes that means you A simple playlist for tranquil exercise productivity and calm living A users guide to fabulous friendships Achieving goals with my son our harry An interview with leo favorite blog carnivals festivals the gentle art of saying no and an ebook Aprils best posts Are you an unclutterer or a cleaner Ask me anything you want 100 question extravaganza Ask the readers best tips for decluttering Ask the readers best tips for working from home Ask the readers best weight loss tip Ask the readers could you give up email Ask the readers how can you take more personal responsibility Ask the readers how do you find people who make you happy Ask the readers inexpensive gifts to improve your life Ask the readers staying positive after injury or illness Ask the readers tips for keeping travel simple Ask the readers what are your financial tools Ask the readers what are your top 3 life goals Ask the readers what health topics should i write about Ask the readers which zen habits theme day is your least favorite Ask the readers your single best organizing tip or tool Attack your limitations turn your weaknesses into strengths Autopilot achievement how to turn your goals into habits Baby makes eight raising six kids part_30 Back from thailand and oh how i missed you all Bad habits slap us down but a theme 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hard to fail Enjoy life now and save for later or why delayed gratification is a false dichotomy Escape your location how to become free from the office Escaping the cubicle and getting off the corporate treadmill Essential 2009 Everything you wanted to know about simplifying your life and way more Exclusive interview stephen covey on his morning routine blogs technology gtd and the secret Experiments in blogging the open source model write to done and other tidbits Extreme lifehacking how timothy ferriss conquered tv and horseback archery Fabulous guest posters and changing up the zen habits routine Faq Feel the fear and do it anyway or the privatization of the english language Feng shui on steroids design your space to achieve your goals Financial zen how to get financial peace of mind Find stillness Finding the natural rhythms and flows of working First sprint triathlon completed race report First your feelings then your action plan Fiscal fitness eliminate debt with 10 successful 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A Simple Playlist for Tranquil Exercise, Productivity and Calm Living
There are times when I want to crank up the metal and get myself pumped up.
But many times, I find that playing some mellow tunes helps me focus, calm myself, and enjoy life much more.
Your mileage may vary, but I would recommend some simple tunes if you'd like to enjoy your exercise (a quiet sunrise or sunset run is wonderful), or be productive, or just go about your day with some tranquility.
It tends to drown out the chaos of the world, and allows me to focus inwardly. And that's a necessity at times.
Here are some songs that work well for me:
Jack Johnson: Anything by him is great for this purpose. He's the master of calm living, in my opinion. I would start with songs like Better Together, Breakdown, Good People, Bubbly Toes, If I Could and Banana Pancakes, but I love all his stuff.
Ben Harper: Another great one. I particularly like Another Lonely Day and Waiting on an Angel. Norah Jones: Gosh, anything by her. Start with Come Away With Me, Don't Know Why, Turn Me On, Sunrise.
Snow Patrol: Run and Chasing Cars are both really nice.
John Hiatt: Feels Like Rain and Have a Little Faith in Me.
Coldplay: Yellow, Clocks, many others.
Radiohead: No Surprises, Karma Police.
Dave Matthews: Crash and Satellite.
Nick Drake: Pink Moon, Northern Sky, among others.
David Grey: Babylon, This Year's Love.
Chantal Kreviazuk: In My Life (remake of the great Beatles' tune) and Feels Like Home.
Sting: How do you choose among his songs? Pick anything.
Cat Stevens: The Wind
Cowboy Junkies: Sweet Jane.
Cranberries: Anything by them, but Linger, Dreams, and Dreaming My Dreams are a good start.
Dire Straits: Why Worry, So Far Away.
Paul Simon: Kodachrome.
Van Morrison: And It Stoned Me.
Sheryl Crow: D'yer Mak'er.
Macy Gray: I Try.
Corrine Bailey Rae: Put Your Records On.
Mazzy Star: Fade Into You.
Natalie Merchant: One Fine Day.
Sarah McLachlan: Angel, Adia.
But these are just some of my favorites … share yours in the comments!
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