The Joy in Mundane Tasks.
The moment I wake up my brain goes into ‘to do‘ mode.
What’s on for the day?
Where do I need to be?
Am I prepared?
Have I forgotten something?
Have I allowed enough travel time?
And the list goes on…
I’ve also long prescribed to the idea of outsourcing as many tasks as probable not related to ‘earning’. Typically into this category falls cleaning, admin, present buying, etc.
But this summer, with a shift in my business model I found myself with much more time on my hands than I was accustomed to. My natural reaction was quickly to fill the space with a bunch of ‘to do’s’, and given that I was technically on holidays these largely fell ingot the ‘cleaning home’ category.
I found myself cleaning, at first a little, then a lot.
Firstly the house, then my campervan, and then anything else I could get my hands on. And much to my surprise, I loved it.
The act of focusing on a simple task, that didn’t require too much thinking, though did require focus, was strangely relaxing. Minutes turned into hours as I meticulously scrubbed grout, polished mirrors, and rearranged the kitchen cupboards.
Much to my own surprise (and everyone else's I’m sure), I found myself going about these chores in a sense of calm, zen-like state, emerging with a sense of peace and simultaneous achievement.
It was almost meditative. In fact, it was meditative.
Much like a mantra focused meditation, the repetitious tasks helped settle my mind. With just enough mental space consumed by the task at hand, my mind-chatter softened, and negated the need of any higher-level thoughts. What’s more, it came much more naturally to me than mediation, with a similar result.
My A-personality type was also wildly nourished through the sense of achievement and accomplishment that my cleaning cultivated. However this time along with a task compete I was also more relaxed, connected, and calm. And a tidy kitchen.
I think Marie Kondo has got it all figured out.
Spot of cleaning anyone?