I first heard the word Hygge from McKel from Nutrition Stripped.
I immediately fell in love with the idea!
Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga or hue-gah in English) originally comes from a Norwegian word meaning “wellbeing”.
Think a cozy dinner by the fire with your best friends, or curled up on the couch after a long day with warm socks on and a mug of hot chocolate in your hand, or anything that gives you a sense of:
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to achieve Hygge every day and enjoy life?
This is how Hygge goes hand in hand with your Minimalist Business.
The definition of “Minimalist Business” is a business that gives you the freedom to enjoy your life the way you want. It is not defined by how much money you make or how many material possessions you have, but rather how you integrate your work and your life so you can enjoy the little things.
An example of what a Minimalist Business would look like or me, is a business that allows me the flexibility to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, such as walking my children to school at their own pace and enjoying watching them discover the plants, flowers, and insects along the way without feeling the pressure or stress to rush them so I can get to the office in time for work.
So how can the Hygge concept help you in your business?
Here is my idea of a daily schedule that includes Hygge in my business and life:
6:00: Wake up early and watch the sunrise, feeling the warmth on my skin and see the sun rays gradually come into my Tokyo apartment as the day starts.
6:30: Let my children wake up slowly at their own pace while I prepare breakfast. My son usually wakes up early, but my daughter often sleeps in and when she does eventually wake up, she always wants a snuggle with mummy. Enjoy this moment! They grow up so quickly, so this is one of the many little moments with my children that I really cherish.
7:30: Enjoy eating breakfast with my children at a slow pace. My daughter still has trouble to eat her breakfast on her own as she is constantly distracted and perhaps she is not so hungry in the morning. But I am always worried that if she doesn’t eat a big breakfast that she will get too hungry at the nursery school! If you need to be at the office by 9am, then it puts pressure on you to feed your children quickly and get out the door in a rush. Wouldn’t it be so nice to enjoy eating at the breakfast table with your children and chat about the day ahead?
8:00: Walk my children to school and enjoying watching them discover the plants, flowers, and insects along the way without feeling the pressure or stress to rush them so I can get to the office in time for work.
8:30: Give my undivided attention to my kids as I say goodbye and wish them a great day at nursery school. Give them the extra 3rd and 4th hug and kiss that they always ask me for, before finally waving goodbye through the window, making funny faces through the window to make them laugh.
9:00: After dropping the kids at school, walk home on my own at a leisurely pace. Enjoy the peacefulness in my house while I prepare a cup of tea and toast with honey, light a candle, and do some light cleaning to prepare for the day.
10:00: Check emails and take the time to respond to any customer inquiries. Prepare blog posts and updates for my clients.
12:00: Go out to have lunch with friends. Choose a cozy cafe where we can chat and enjoy catching up (without smart phones!).
1:30: Go to a business meeting with a client. Focus on the meeting 100% and help my client achieve their dreams. (This is the opposite to back-to-back meetings that you may experience in an office environment, where you are juggling multiple projects and feel like you don’t have time to focus on each individual project at a time!) Note: Hygge is often defined as a complete absence of frustrations or anything emotionally overwhelming.
3:30: Arrive home. Change into comfortable clothes and take a moment to rest and relax. Prepare dinner.
4:30: Pick up my children early from nursery school (4:30pm is early compared to working for a company, which would be 6:30pm!). Ask them how their day was and enjoy the stroll home, dropping into the bread shop on the way to pick up some treats for the kids.
5:30: Arrive home. Light a candle and enjoy eating dinner with my kids around the dinner table.
7:00: Bath time. In Japan it is custom to have a bath together with your children at the end of a long day, so this is something I have continued to do ever since they were babies. Japan has wonderfully deep bath tubs, so you can fill it up with hot water and everyone can hop in and have fun chatting and catching up on the events of the day. If Hygge in Denmark is having a cozy dinner with family and friends around a fire, I think the Japanese version of Hygge would be the whole family in the bath tub having fun chatting together!
8:30: Snuggle into bed with my kids, read them a book, and fall blissfully to sleep.
How does Hygge look for your Minimalist Business and your life?
Please let me know! I would love to hear from you.