CSO Blog: Create Space for Your Happy List

Create Space and Time for What Makes You Happy!

In our overworked and overwhelmed American culture, it is easy to feel like we are just putting one foot in front of the other to make it through the day. A typical day could easily proceed as the following: wake up, immediately check email, make breakfast and lunch, take a shower, rush to work, stay late, skip the gym, pick up takeout, eat in front of the TV, crash and start again the next day. What if we broke that cycle by prioritizing and making time for the things that make us truly, blissfully and uninhibitedly happy?

I decided to become a professional organizer and start Create Space Organizing because I believe that when we eliminate the things in our lives that no longer serve us, we create space for the things that do. One of the greatest benefits of being organized, beyond being able to find your keys, is that it actually frees up time in your life. When you’re able to spend less time trying to find a matching lid to your Tupperware container, then you could use that time to turn on some music while you cook or enjoy a cup of coffee and a magazine before you head out the door for work. So if you had a few extra minutes each morning and evening, or maybe even a few extra hours on the weekend, how would you like to spend that time? I suggest… make a happy list! List 10 items that make you happy and that you always wish you had time for. That way, whenever you do have those extra hours on a Sunday afternoon, you can refer to your list and spend them doing one of your favorite things.

Here Is My Happy List:

  1. Yoga
  2. Cooking
  3. Traveling
One of My Happy List Items - Traveling
  1. Reading
  2. Spending time with Friends and Family
  3. Organizing
  4. Skiing
One of My Happy List Items - Skiing!
  1. Guilty Pleasure TV Shows/Netflix binges
  2. Baking
  3. Hiking

Keep your happy list somewhere visible – in your journal, on the fridge, or on a sticky note on your computer desktop as a reminder of the way you want to spend your time. It is often easy to make lists of all the things we have to do, especially if you love a good list like I do. Pick up the dry cleaning, wash the car, and do the laundry are typical weekly list items. If we get all of these tasks done, we feel accomplished, and often many of them are essential. But it is easy to have our days evaporate with menial tasks or things that don’t really add value to our lives. So how about we add some of the “happy items” to our daily/weekly lists so we find time for them too. I encourage you to take a few minutes, maybe even close your eyes and find a quiet space. Think about the things that make you happy, and how you can fit them into your life more regularly. Create space for at least one happy item this week. I know I will!