In the book, “The 80/20 Principle: The Secrets to Achieving more with less” author Richard Koch talks about creating “Happiness Islands.”

He says the following in the chapter “Time Revolution.”

For happiness, identify your happiness islands: the small amounts of time, or the few years, that have contributed a quite disproportionate amount of your happiness. Take a clean sheet of paper, write “Happiness Islands” at the top and list as many of them as you can remember. Then try to deduce what is common between all or some of the happiness islands.

Richard Koch

He goes on to say how you can do the same exercise for unhappiness islands.

Go ahead and give it a shot. I’m curious in what areas of your life, or habits stand out as Happiness Islands. Keep leaning into those kinds of activities. This exercise can also be done with respect to “Achievement Islands.” Identify when you were able to have achieved a great deal in a short amount of time. I recently was reminded of this. When I guarded a set amount of time each morning with zero interruptions, I was blown away at how much I was able to accomplish in a short amount of time. It was staggering and exciting all at the same time.

Be sure to check out the Podcast Episode on this as well!