Let’s KonMari this class!
By: Justine Merriman
Judging by our classes’ interest in all things trending, I’m going to assume that the majority of you have heard about the book the Joy of Tidying Up. If not the book, then the author Marie Kondo and if not her then at least her hit Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”. Now whether you’re following what I just said or not, I’m going to try to explain her concept:
- Enter your messy (hoarding) area of stuff, whether clothes, memory boxes of photos, or just junk.
- Put everything related to the area and items you want to clean into a giant pile.
- Pick each and every item up and ask “DOES THIS BRING ME JOY”
- If the answer is anything but yes then it goes into a giveaway pile
Now why do I bring this up? Simple, because unlike most classes this one challenged us to start and maintain new healthy habits around engaging with social media and digital business. Now I was one of many of us who was excited about the class, but weary about my ability to execute tweets, blogs, etc…
For a chuckle let me remind you all of this gem:
Because 3 months ago I was a passive twitter follower, who never tweeted and didn’t think through that hashtags could be searched (inset facepalm emoji here)!
So what will I keep from this class and what will I say “Thank you for helping me pass this class, but bye”?
- Staying active on twitter: I loved being able to get my news and set follower lists to mainstream my viewing experience and enjoyment of the platform.
- Ted Talks: In the past I’ve usually only watched Ted talks after friends or colleagues recommended it to me. However, in this class I have fallen down the YouTube-esque rabbit hole where after watching a good 15 minute chat I’ll follow onto the next recommended talk. JOY!
- Blog posts: My experience has been similar to prepping for an interview each time, lots of stress leading up, converting into nervous energy as the idea takes off, and pure relief once I hit post. Sadly, I still am not 100% comfortable with sharing my every thought with strangers or classmates so this one is going to have to go.
- Late night snacks: Now this is where the quintessential client comment that is said on each episode come in “but it made me so happy at the time”. Yes, I Ioved the idea of snack time, especially the sugar boost to keep us going through such a late class. However, as a life habit…. It may bring some joy but should probably go.