Get Organized Mission #7: Be Happy!

Get Organized Mission #7: Be Happy! Welcome to Mission #7 of our 52 Organizing Missions.

So far we’ve spent our 30-minute missions decluttering our homes, detoxing our handbags, briefcases and cars, sorting our bills and messages, and saying no to free stuff we simply don’t need.

This week we deserve a reward! So this week’s mission is all about being happy.

Yep, we’re going to spend some time noticing the things we enjoy and then (here’s the shocking part) doing them!!

Please don’t neglect this mission. I promise you’ll be glad you ignored the little voice in your head telling you this stuff is frivolous or selfish. The little voice might be surprised to discover that happiness is linked to a bunch of benefits for you and for your family, workmates, employers, friends and community.

Remember – you only need 30 minutes for the basic mission. Extended Options are below.

Get Organized Mission #7: Be Happy!

Step 1:

List 10 Things That Make You Happy (15 minutes)

First, download the Happiness Strategy: Pleasure List.

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(This list is from our Ultimate To-Do List Pack | Personal Edition.)

The list is interactive, so you can type into the fields and save the filled list on your computer. Or print and write if you’d rather.

Now, fill in the list – which means coming up with at least 10 things you like to do.

Here are some ideas to get you going:

  • Take a bubble bath
  • Daggy dance to 80s tunes
  • Read a detective novel
  • Watch a fave TV show on DVD
  • Go for a walk somewhere pretty
  • Listen to your iPod in the garden
  • People-watch in a cafe
  • See an action film
  • Play a computer game
  • Do a jigsaw puzzle

Next, come up with at least one way you can do each item more often.

Keep your list somewhere handy – it’ll be a good resource next time you want a mood booster.

Step 2:

Pick One Thing From The List – And Do It! (15 minutes)

That’s right – you are required by the terms of 52 Organizing Missions to finish your 30 minutes doing something that makes you happy. Deal with it.

Dos & Don’ts

Extended Organizing Mission Options

Want to go beyond this 30-minute organizing mission?

  • Download extra copies and come up with 20, 30 or 50 things you enjoy, and ways to do them more often.
  • Download extra copies for the whole family. Brainstorm together, suggesting ideas for each other. Teaching your kids to know what make them happy and to rely more on themselves for happiness, and less on external highs, can be a precious life skill.
  • Keep your lists on hand for regular self-therapy. If you feel a little down or need a mood boost, you’ll know where to look.

Ready, Set, Go!

Remember – move quickly, act fast, don’t overthink.

Before You Go – Please Check In

You’re now accountable to your organizing mission-mates! Once you’ve completed this week’s Get Organized Mission please add a comment to let us know you’ve done your assignment and you’re keeping your commitment.

And see you back here next week!


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50 thoughts on “Get Organized Mission #7: Be Happy!

  1. Amy says:

    This is an interesting task. It seems strange that we need to give ourselves permission (and remind ourselves) to do things that make us happy. I had a bit of trouble thinking of 10 things, but now I’m glad I did.

  2. sheila says:

    this is it taking the time to help myself get organized. But i will find somethings I enjoy doing, I certanly have lost myself since I had kids. Thank you!

  3. geraldine says:

    Have filled in the happiness strategy but nothing completed.
    Have made lunch date with the girls though. Was suppose to book a facial but run out of time. Doing that now. Gonna have a bubble bath this weekend.

  4. klimbo says:

    Very refreshing! This week’s mission was a great delight! So much pleasure to (re)discover the little things that make me happy. And it is not selfish at all, because the happiness you give to yourself will spread to all others you meet and interact with. Thanks a lot!

  5. tammy says:

    I took a Saturday and Sunday and went to the knitting store, library, took a nap, a long bubble bath, read a book, watched my fav tv show and never once checked my email from work or did any work. Glorious

  6. Mary Ann says:

    I recently “allowed” myself to start going to the library on a regular basis, take time to browse the shelves, and find books that I can kick back and enjoy every evening (about 1/2 hour or so a night). What a great way to unwind and escape the chaos of the day! We sometimes forget how important it is to remember our own happiness.

  7. Belinda says:

    who knew there were soo many little things that make me happy. A simple hug from my daughter and her saying “I love you mummy” are top of the list.

  8. Minima says:

    This turned out to be a happiness warm fuzzy in itself! I actually spent an evening on and off considering, prioritising and organising a mini-plan for this. I found the print out list very useful.

    I now have a ‘what, where, when and who with’ plan and I’ve designated a poly-pocket in my personal organising file for collecting whats-on info for easy reference, bookings and future consideration e.g theatre up and comings, cinema booking numbers, exercise class timetable, beauty care brochure. It will all be in one place when I need it.

    Good stuff!

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