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The UnPacking List #7: How to Use Your Monthly Cycle to Be More Productive

monthly cycle productivity

If you’re like most women I know, you probably glide through life trying to give your period, and all the things associated with it, as little attention as possible. In fact, you probably try to pretend it doesn’t affect you at all.

But by ignoring your monthly cycle and hormonal fluctuations, you might actually be ignoring the power that can help you to do more in your life… by doing less. 

I am joined for this chat by Emily Weiblen, and we explore all the ways we can use our hormones to our advantage – in work, home life, health, exercise, and even travel.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Why this episode is for any woman who has ever felt like she is in a constant battle with herself.
  • What the infradian rhythm is, and how it impacts every facet of life for a woman during her reproductive years.
  • The different strengths a woman possesses during the different phases of her cycle – and how she can use those strengths to her advantage in work, home, travel, and health.
  • Which phase of our monthly cycle is best for travel planning, active travel days, group travel, museum days, spa days, and so on.
  • How lunar cycle tracking can be beneficial for every human, regardless of age or gender.

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Books Referenced

do less book cover
Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Ambitious Women

by Kate Northrup

In the Flo book
In the Flo: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage and Revolutionize Your Life

by Alisa Vitti

Roar book cover
ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life

by Stacy T. Sims

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Take Action

What are you learning about yourself by tracking your cycles? How will you use this information to be more productive?

And don’t forget to…

Written by Brooke

I run the show at Her Packing List and love packing ultralight. In fact, I once traveled for 3 entire weeks with just the contents of a well-packed 12L handbag. When I'm not obsessing over luggage weight, I'm producing episodes of The UnPacking List or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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