One of the reasons I love Laughter Wellness is that it promotes... wellness! Wellness can mean a lot of different things and cover a lot of different areas via countless strategies. Today, I'd like to talk about a couple of the ways I'm pursuing wellness, with tips about how they can be improved with a little laughter.
On January 1, I started using a habit tracker. I learned about it through a bullet journaling class that Liz Thrash put on at Cali Commons. Basically, it's a chart where you list the days of the month across the top, and the habits you want to track down the side. Then, at the end of the day, you put a mark on the line that corresponds to any of the habits you completed that day.
I have tried many ways to develop good habits, but none of them have worked as well for me as this has. I think they key is that I'm tracking multiple habits, so even if I have a really unproductive day, there's still at least one or two habits I accomplished, which provides the motivation to keep it going. And, it is really exciting (and motivating) when I have a day where I get to mark off every single habit! It's also a good way to look back and see which habits I'm doing well at, and which I need to focus on more.
I have had no trouble keeping up with my habit tracker so far, and I believe I can keep it up all year - maybe even all decade! I suppose I may get to a point where it's no longer useful, but for now, I'm loving it.
Add a laugh! Tonight, I'm going to try doing a celebratory clap and laugh for each habit that I accomplish. This little addition should make the process even more satisfying, and help me go to sleep with a smile on my face. :)
Decision Fatigue Solution
I started getting interesting in minimalism 4 or 5 years ago - reading blogs, dreaming of getting rid of all of my junk, and taking small steps to declutter. It has been a LONG process. I started wearing a uniform in 2014 (more on that in a future post), which has vastly improved my clothing situation. And I have done a pretty good job of refraining from bringing new stuff into my home. But the thing I have really struggled with is getting rid of all the stuff I already have.
One of my main issues is decision fatigue. When I'm going through my stuff, I'll come across something I know I don't want to keep. But then I'm not sure what to do with it. Should I throw it away, or would it be useful to someone? Where should I donate it? Is there even a place I can donate it? Can it be recycled? For some things, the answers are easy. But for other things, I just can't decide, which throws my motivation out of whack, and I end up quitting for the day. And, when I decide I do want to keep something, I'm not always sure where I should put it.
To address this problem, I decided to divide my guest bed into two sections - keep and get rid of. I'm not making any further decisions right now. Getting all of the stuff up off the floor and desk, and onto the bed will be step 1. Once that's done, I should have a pretty good feeling of accomplishment, which I'm hoping will provide the motivation to power through the rest of the decisions.
Add a laugh! I think step 2 of this process is still going to be challenging, even after isolating it from step 1. So I'm planning to do a congratulatory 10-second laugh session for each 5 items that I decide on. Laughter makes you feel good, so this extra mood boost should keep me in a positive frame of mind, reducing the likelihood that I'll get frustrated and quit for the day.
Wish me luck! ;)