A Week of Feeling Joyful

Week 4 of a self-challenge — Stolen Tiny Pomodoro. Experiencing a power of setting intentions and taking inspired actions.

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If you have read my story and landed here, you would know that I had committed to a self-imposed challenge — Stolen Tiny Pomodoro. However, if you happen to arrive here by chance, here is a recap of what the challenge is about and what the deal is.

The purpose of the challenge is to find the right-size productivity approach and to prove to myself and any overwhelmed, time-poor persons that we can move the needle or make the change by allowing 10 minutes per day minimum for a tiny imperfect, intentional and inspiring action towards our goals.

My approach

• Decide on “how I want to feel” rather than what I want to complete.

• Define activities that bring me closer to that feeling.

• Only ten minutes is required to work on the activities. Anything more is a bonus.

• Focus on progress over completion

• Record and celebrate all my wins — big and small.

A ten-minute time span allows me the freedom to focus to work on a manageable intentional activity without waiting for a ‘perfect moment’. It also gives me no excuse for the lack of time. Plus, I get to be guilt-free if I only show up for the minimum requirement of 10 minutes a day.

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This article is based on my weekly challenge journal. Here is how my fourth and final week of the challenge went.

WEEK 4 — The final week.

Desired feelings: Joyful

Inspired actions: Staying in the present, doing what I love and taking care of my well-being.


Here came the last week of my self-imposed, Stolen Tiny Pomodoro challenge. I wanted to finish on a high note, and feeling joyful sounded like the best fit.

It should be an easy week, right? How hard can it be to feel joyful? I listed down the activities that bring me joy.

Here are what I listed on my joy-list for last week

  • Dancing with my girl (we also managed to exercise together once)
  • Mindfulness Activities such as meditation, Yoga
  • Learning new things
  • Staying present in the moment

I was ALL SET to be joyful.

So I thought.

The week went by so quickly. Although I did manage to tick all the boxes of the joy-list, I felt slightly underwhelmed.

I looked closely at what I had done and reflected on why I felt the way I felt?

Then I found a culprit — staying present in the moment.

I realise now that even though I have incorporated these joy-list activities into my week, I did not reap joyfulness wholeheartedly because I did not stay present in the moment as I first thought I did. There were constantly a variety of sounds. I was trying to multitask. My toddler was on my Yoga mat (and on me) as I attended an online mindfulness event. My expectation was not realistic for the condition I allowed for the activities.

It is like growing a plant in less than an optimum condition for its kind. You may get a chance to see the result, but it would not be at its best potential.

Here is my learning from this week challenge.

  1. Environment and timing of the activity is very important.

To get the best result is to do the right thing within the right environment and at the right timing.

However, when the conditions are not optimal, the key is setting a realistic expectation, as well as keeping balance and agility in your approach.

For example, while writing is up at the top of my joy-list, delaying my bedtime for an interrupted writing time and short night are definitely not on my list. However, I can write down key messages, words, and an outline within 10 minutes and get right back at writing when I get some quiet time.

2. You can achieve your goal, complete your task, and still do not feel the high as you hoped for. Sometimes, what brings joy the most is not your achievement or completed tasks but acceptance, gratitude and being in the moment.

3. The secret formula of reaping the full benefit of your joy-list is staying present in the moment.

4. I said Hello to my old hustling mentality and lost my grip on it once again so I could welcome more self-compassion. When aiming for a particular goal, such as feeling joyful, it is best to observe instead of judging. Being an observer allows me to evaluate the situation with compassion. It is a gentler approach to identifying learning. On the other hand, judging imposes a certain standard of what I should have achieved instead of honouring my pace. And honouring my pace is what I need right now.

5. Joyfulness can come under wrapped in a small moment that you cannot plan for, such as a little beautiful, mischievous smile my toddler had before she dipped her finger into a half-cooked egg on my plate or when my five-year-old firmly told me, “You are already the best mom for me. Don’t you forget that!”

And that is how we come to the full circle. I summarised the challenge in this post. As I had gone through this approach myself, I wholeheartedly stand by the idea of working on the right goals and making progress through a right-sized commitment in order to show up consistently and consciously craft the life we want.

As opposed to constantly being in hustle mode and winning at all cost mentality, I believe that success can be achieved in a gentle and sustainable way.

To bring the idea of a gentle achiever to life, I created a 7-day practice to uplevel your productivity by setting intentions, taking inspired actions, and honouring your pace.

You can download your gift here.

I look forward to hearing about your experience with the approach and what you learn.

Let’s do this!



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Oraorn Srichiangwang

Oraorn Srichiangwang


Personal Empowerment and Accountability coach | Conscious Living Strategist | The Gentle Achiever