Updated: Jul 21, 2020
I’m not much into cleaning my wardrobe. I think time can be put to better use than using it for folding clothes and keeping the cupboard all tidied.
Imagine, how much Netflix you could watch with the time saved! I do the same. But serendipitously the other day, I bumped onto this title Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, on Netflix (google her..).
Marie Kondo is a tidying expert, bestselling author, star of Netflix’s hit show, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” and founder of KonMari Media, Inc.
KonMari is a method that encourages tidying by category – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, miscellaneous items, and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy.
While her focus is on tidying up physical spaces, I thought why don’t I use this technique for the mental space. Eureka!
Imagine your house. Imagine a room with clothes lying everywhere, a few wine bottles, some litter on the floor, and a few more of your favorite toys (XBOX/PS4) lying all over.
Now, imagine this to be your mind. We have so many thoughts crowded all over at any given moment, dispersed and flowing directionless. Our physical space is nothing but just a manifestation of our thoughts.
Now, think of KonMari’ng your mind. How would our day be if we removed all thoughts that didn’t bring joy to us, keeping space only for thoughts that brought joy! Now, translate this to 24*7 for the next 50 weeks remaining in this year. So much of our time and energy goes into thoughts that actually makes us unjoyful! What a sheer waste of time and life!
To make 2020 the year of Joy, try KonMari method for your mind:
Make note of unjoyful thoughts you had in a day.
Try and understand the emotion behind these thoughts. Know that we don’t hang onto thoughts. We hang onto the emotions behind these thoughts.
Let go of these emotions. Subtract these thoughts
Now, make note of joyful thoughts you had in a day. Multiply these thoughts.
Try to keep only the thoughts that give you a joyful feeling
This should be in your To build a new habit list.
PS: As many of the readers are in 20’s and 30’s, at this age most tend to evaluate their socialability on the basis of number of people they have in their life. While you apply this to your mind, you can apply this to the people in your life as well! Quality > Quantity always!