Posts Tagged ‘Happiness’

Sunday Night “happiness project”.

I’m still stuck on this “fun” thing. I’m pretty much always about FUN. I love hanging with people that are fun, I like seeing others having fun because it usually makes me smile and I often encourage everyone to let their guards down and “go for it”.

Gretchen Rubin states that there are three categories of fun.

Challenging Fun – the kind that takes a fair bit of effort and organization. This kind of commitment can bring on frustration, anxiety and a bit of strain. But research shows it’s the absolute BEST when it comes to satisfaction.

Come to think of it, I guess that pretty much is life in a nut shell. Most often the things you put the most effort into are the things that pay off the most and give you the most “inner joy”.

Moderate Fun – This is kind of the “garden” variety. You know the kind of fun that requires minimal effort. Play in the park, walk on the beach, baking cookies. 🙂

This kind of fun gives you joy and often makes you smile, but let’s face it there’s no bells ringing and nobody is popping out of a cake.

And then there’s Relaxing Fun – This is easy. No effort. It happens without a second thought. Watching a movie, reading a great book…relaxing fun. I’m thinking this one is what gets us through the day to day stuff that drags us down.

My thoughts. It’s important to have all three “funs” in your life. Make the effort and pull out all the stops for some challenging fun. Moderate fun I’m going to say is for that “all in the family” kind of day and then there’s the “me time” – Aka – Relaxing fun.

For me as a Professional Organizer, the challenging fun is almost every BIG job that we encounter. Rebecca and Erin are ALWAYS good for some serious laughing bouts. And it’s these moments that get our clients through some pretty tough stuff. Our team is always planning, scheduling and organizing for our jobs. We put a great amount of effort into our relationships with our clients. They are never far from our thoughts and we can usually find something that keeps them laughing in the months and years to come.

One thing about Rebecca and Erin is that they never truly let a client go. Example: one client has a “thing” for flying pigs! So Erin is always on the look out for the perfect “flying pig”.

Challenging? Yes….worth every minute?

Absolutely!

Pigs

 

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“A good belly laugh will keep you young.” This is something I heard time and time again from my grandmother.

Man could we laugh. Even now thinking back I’ve got a huge grin on my face and I can’t stop the flow of memories.

I’m into Chapter 5 of my book ” The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen is asking me something that I doubt I can link to being organized or bringing “chaos to calm”.

But then again….If you’ve ever met my “TEAM” then YES! There is a direct link.

Chapter 5 – “Take Time To Be Silly”

Oh yeah, that’s Rebecca and Erin.

You see when our friends and fans call on us to help them with certain areas of their homes, offices and lives, their mood is often overwhelming, tired and anxious.

And then the LADIES arrive! Rebecca and Erin are an amazing team that can set a client into their comfort zone. Reassure them that there are no judgements passed and they are only there to help. And help they WILL!!

So many times a client will open that dreaded door to show off that room that lives in their nightmares and then, they turn and look at Rebecca’s face….pure JOY! Excitement and awe.

Erin laughs because she knows Rebecca can’t be held back. Where to start? Never mind that! Erin’s concern is how do we slow her down!

Yes, Rebecca loves to dive right in and thankfully Erin is there to pull back the reigns and listen to the client for a few minutes to hear their vision of this space.

But the laughs that they have and the crazy moments on the job are what makes the client and my “team” enjoy their time and treasure their experiences.

So yes, “Take Time To Be Silly” is a must for all, because in a blink of an eye the “team” will be gone and you’re space will be your own again.

You will be the ones sitting back with a grin

and a shake of your head when you remember

the belly laughs the ladies brought in.

Erin:Rebecca

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I’m half way into “The Happiness Project” and again, it’s like Gretchen Rubin was writing about me!

6 months in and Gretchen is writing about how she needs to “have more fun in her life”

Well, I’m not sure that I feel I need more fun, but I think it can never hurt anyone’s life to have as much FUN as possible!

The crazy thing that has me thinking of my clients and my co-workers is the following quote:

All this thinking about fun made me realize that I had to make time for it. Too often, I’d give up fun in order to work. I often felt so overwhelmed by tasks that I’d think, “The most fun would be to cross some items off my to-do list. I’d feel so much better if I could get something accomplished.”

Now here’s my thoughts and question for the week. Do you feel that if you could organize your time better and actually get a couple of things off your “to-do” list that you would enjoy the “fun” things even more?

Or do we follow Gretchen’s thoughts, that by taking time to do something that truly was “fun” for us, that in turn we would feel energized and ready to tackle “the List”?

But then again, does it even matter which way we lean? If we are taking the time to do something that is truly fun for us…before or after a task are we not accomplishing “more happiness”?

I also think the thing I need to truly address is what is actually FUN for me. There are many times during my life that I’ve done something or gone somewhere that I would have answered, Yeah it was fun.

But now more then ever I’m searching for those moments, activities and adventures that are truly “ME”. Something that brings me JOY. Makes me feel happy. These things aren’t necessarily what I would have thought of 10-5 or even 1 year ago. But I do think it’s important to re-evaluate your precious time and find something that is yours, something that may help bring the rest of your life into focus.

FUN

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If you’ve taken the chance and picked up a copy of the “Happiness Project” You will have gotten into a bit of the meat of it by now. Interesting isn’t it?

This book to me is obviously applicable to everyday live. Marriage, Careers, Kids etc. But Every now and then I find a distinct connection that makes me think of my clients!

The changes that the Author – Gretchen Rubin was making in her life, she was measuring them. Tracking her results and noting the difference in her “happiness”.

When I start to work with a client I often am privy to many personal problems, insights and dreams. So, more often then not a relationship forms on a greater level then just “organizing”.

Those relationships grow over time and most often do not stop just because the project has been complete.

Do you find yourself in situations when a memory will pop into your head and you’ll be thinking of someone, wondering how they are doing and if they are succeeding in their personal quests?

This happens often to myself and the team I work with. We love our experiences but most of all we love to re-connect with our past clients. If for nothing else but to hear them say “hey! I can still see the floor in my laundry room!”

When we finish a project we hope that our clients can manage the systems we have put in place for them. We hope that as they measure their happiness and begin to notice the changes in their “organized” lives that they too think of us.

Maybe don’t strive to move a mountain…Maybe just tackle that laundry room floor.Cat resting

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