I am not sure why we designate spring as the time to clean. I understand in the past, you would want to throw open the windows after being cooped up in the house for the long cold winter to bring fresh air into a space, but there is another kind of cleaning and letting go that MUST happen now, before the warm weather of spring.
Spring is great for ‘refreshing’ for breathing new life and energy into your work. That new life cannot take shape IF you have not allowed room for it. Winter is the time to clear out the underbrush. To clear your spaces, to let go of the past to be ready for all that is coming. From a logistical standpoint, I am much more fond of going through papers and work while cozied up to a fireplace when I’d rather not be outside than in the spring when it’s warm and I’d like to be out and about!
How do you apply this to your work? For me, everything comes back around to figuring out how best to do the things we were put here on this planet to do. Here is a 4 step process to use this winter time for wiping the slate clean:
1 - Gather - Bring the stuff, the thoughts, the experiences, the good, and the challenging from the last 12 months all together in one place (a journal works well for this!)
2 - Reflect - Spend time thinking about how it all worked together (or didn’t) and write down the lessons you learned from these experiences. Which ones do you want to take with you? Which ones will you let go of?
3 - Plan - What do you want to create? It doesn’t have to be right now but over the next three months or more, what do you want to create in your life? It could be a bigger business with more clients. It could be time in your schedule to pursue a hobby. It could be a warm, welcoming environment. Decide.
4 - Carve it Out - You cannot create where something already exists. This may have been your problem in the past. Today, you are going to clear the decks and make room. In organizing, one method, is to clear everything out of a room and put back only what you use or want. If you were doing this same exercise on your schedule, your office space, or with the programs/products that you offer, how can you clear it all out? Next, what would you return into your “space”?
If you cannot do this exercise all at once, it is OK to break it up into multiple steps or days. Keep in mind, what you are letting go of need not be broken or of no value. What you are letting go of is making room for what you are creating.
If you need help in this process, let me know. I am happy to support you. All you need to do is schedule a time to talk.
The Momentum Accountability Programs are designed specifically to help you with this and more. For more information go to MomentumAccountability.com
Hi! I'm Nettie Owens, Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and Productivity Consultant.