Recently, I’ve been enarmoured with the idea of minimalism. I’ve read Marie Kondo’s best-selling book ‘The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up’ and went on a tidying frenzy for weeks already. I’ve discarded many things that didn’t spark joy, including two old mugs and starting using the prettier ones I saved for ‘special occasion’. My clothing are not longer stacked up, but folded into squares and standing up like a sticks. Slowly, my life is getting more efficient and relaxed. So I was eager to follow Kondo’s idea all the way.
Kondo recommend that the general rule is all paper should be discarded unless absolutely necessary. I like that idea as I’ve been going paper-less for years. Most of the important info are kept in my computer and apps like Evernote. As the rule is to clear something at one go and as quickly as possible, I still haven’t started to deal with papers. What I can do it stop adding more paper to my life. Naturally, I didn’t thought I shouldn’t get a pin board and add more unnecessary things into my life.
One day, there was an avalanche of work and I was confused. What’s my priority? What should I focus on? What am I doing? What’s my ultimate goal? It was one of those days that I didn’t feel particularly motivated. I knew that a pretty, non-digital pin board which I can look at would make a difference. It should be a board that inspires and motivate me to play my role well and achieve my goals.
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STEPS TO PUTTING TOGETHER A MOTIVATION BOARD
1. Gather some inspirational materials
What inspires you? Photos of your family? An artist? A quote? Chances are you have them lying somewhere but you don’t know what to do with it. You can paste it on the board.
I collect cool postcards and bookmarks from museums, hotels and bookstores. One of my favourite is the self-potrait by Van Gogh. He embodies qualities that I admire: passion and tenacity. Van Gogh continued drawing even if nobody appreciated his art. I was also inspired by the bold and bright Japanese graphic and woodblock print and purchased ‘The Great Wave’ by Hokusai. Incidentally, he inspired Van Gogh’s art.
2. Write inspirational quotes
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have inspirational postcards. You can make your own. Get a piece of paper and write the one quote that speaks to you.
For me, I believe in innovation and individuality. When I read a quote by Bruce Lee, “Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is specifically your own” my heart glowed and my brain shouted ‘That’s right!’. Find one that gives you the kind of inspiration that moves your heart and mind.
3. Reflect and condense your life purpose
What role do you play at work? What makes you different? What do you have to offer? Keep on asking yourself difficult questions. Once you understand your ultimate goal, write it down in as few words as possible.
At JewelPie, we believe that a healthy and happy life begins at home. The problem is we have so much responsibility that we don’t have time for such a lifestyle. But we believe that if we are more productive, resourceful and learn to utilise technology – we can life a better life with little time. And my role is to make all these not just possible, but fun!
NOTES ON THE CORKBOARD AND PINNING
- I purchased the corkboard from IKEA. It measured at 58 x 39 cm and cost RM 19.90. It has a white and sleek wooden frame which appeals to my simple taste. It also comes with 15 pins.
- Instead of hanging it up, I merely lean it against the wall. This way I can move the board around easily and save my wall from being destroyed.
- I only pin half the board as my laptop cover the bottom half. Perhaps I’ll add more art or quotes in the future. But for now, I like the simplicity.
- As I will probably tweak my goals, so I decided to write memos on post-it notes and stick it onto a pink chevron card. It’ll be very easy for me to update my goals; just tear it off and paste a new one and the pretty background will still be there.
- I didn’t spend more than RM 19.90 apart from the corkboard as I already have all the stationery. But I believe getting the board on top of a marker and post-it notes wouldn’t cost you more than RM 30
What do you think? Would you make your own motivation board?