How to Plan a Mindful Unplug

December 12, 2019 | KonMari Tidy Tips

If there’s one thing that sparks the most joy for me it’s unapologetically embracing downtime for myself and my business by taking a Mindful Unplug. Each year around the winter holidays I plan 15 days to relax, reflect, and recharge. The beauty of this exercise is it helps me practice reserving my best energy for myself, while starting the next year with a spirit of gratitude, clarity and fresh energy.

You don’t have to be a business owner or live an entrepreneurial lifestyle to take a Mindful Unplug. You don’t even have to schedule one during the holiday season or limit yourself to only one break per year. Here’s some tips that will help you design your very own Mindful Unplug in a way that sparks joy for you:

1. Pick dates that align with natural seasons of downtime

We all know how important taking breaks is for our well being. But, we can feel guilty slowing down during times of the year where it seems like everyone else is speeding up. To lesson any guilt or reservations, select a period of time that naturally aligns with a slow season in your life, work, or business. For example, it is difficult for my clients to tidy right before the end of the year. There are many distractions (work deadlines, child care fluctuations, holiday planning, etc.) that work against even the best tidying intentions. Therefore, I plan my Mindful Unplug around the last 15 days of the year, which also aligns well with my personal planning schedule and goals.

2. Pick no more than three activities that spark joy and align with your values

Remember, a Mindful Unplug celebrates unapologetic and guilt-free downtime. So, it’s important to avoid filling the space you’ve given yourself with an unrealistic list of expectations. Narrow your focus down to activities that represent relaxation, reflection, and recharging.

For example, my 2019 Mindful Unplug consists of:

  1. Relax – Spend time with family and friends (requires some travel)
  2. Reflect – Conduct a Year-end/Decade Review of my 2010-19 accomplishments (join The Spark Joy Club for more details on this review) and set goals/plans
  3. Recharge – Do nothing! (aka tons of Netflix binging)

Turn to The Tidy Home Joy Journal for a series of prompts that help you identify your highest values that span well beyond your home and help you shape your unplug activities accordingly.

3. With gratitude, let go of activities that don’t help you relax, reflect, or recharge

Similar to your KonMari Tidying event, your Mindful Unplug has a finite start and end. However you choose to spend your time during this break, it’s temporary. Therefore, it’s a great time to introduce a new habit, jumpstart a detox, or become more aware of how you spend your time (work-life balance, spending habits, social media consumption, etc.)

For example, with gratitude, I’m temporarily letting go of the following things that dominate my schedule during my 15 day Mindful Unplug:

  • Social media and virtual communities
  • Virtual/In-home tidying clients, business coaching, and speaking engagements
  • Business messages/tasks that aren’t time sensitive or mission critical

Set out-of-office notifications or have conversations with loved ones to help them understand why you are stepping away and, most importantly, that you’re coming right back!

Remember, this is for you…

Take this moment of mindfulness to reestablish the boundaries and expectations that feed your future success. And don’t forget to have fun and share your Mindful Unplug plans with me in the comments below or on Facebook or Instagram. Enjoy!

Kristyn Ivey

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