Most creatives dream of those scarce days when we find the perfect state of flow– being fully immersed, in the zone, energized, where productivity is coming easily, naturally, freely. How do we get there? What does it take?
Through a series of experiments and findings, Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi proposed that people are at their best when they are working hard and in the zone:
“The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.”
At the end of 2015, I read Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. So many of my clients were referencing it, I felt I needed to be in the “know” as to what the KonMarie Method was. It was such a good read that I flew threw it and immediately followed up with her Spark Joy (the illustrated version). I’ve been an avid organizer for years so her level of crazy made perfect sense to me!
Here is the book’s premise in essence:
Hold each object you own in your hands individually and make a decision- does this item bring joy to your life? Do you enjoy using this item? Does it make you happy? If not, discard it. Thank the item for it’s role during the time you had it, and wish it well on it’s way to a donation spot like GoodWill.
Keep only what brings joy. Find a place for everything.