We’ve officially reached springtime!
We can say goodbye to winter and say hello to brighter, longer days. And with them–hopefully–more energy and better moods! It’s a great time to take stock of your process and make sure you’re setting yourself up to make the most of the burst of energy that usually comes with the beginning of spring. One way you can do that is with a little spring cleaning!
But spring cleaning doesn’t have to mean getting out a vacuum and some windex. You can do other types of “cleaning” in other areas of your life that feel cluttered–physically or emotionally.
One example of this is a workplace spring cleaning. What can that mean?
Literally spring clean:
Yes, there are more ways to clean or cleanse your space and mind, but it’s often helpful to start off with an organized environment. Empty your trash, do a quick sweep of your desk or drawers or any adjacent space and try to organize it a bit. Consider if there’s anything in your space that has been frustrating you or otherwise having an effect on you & your health. Do you need a pillow to help support your back in your chair? Do you need to face a different direction to change how the light in your workspace or office hits your eyes? As you declutter, consider small changes you can make.
Spring clean your calendar:
When was the last time you updated your calendar? Do you have old recurring notifications you don’t need still in there? Are there things that always seem to come up without giving you time to prepare? Why not put a notice in your calendar a few days ahead of it so you can remind yourself to gather what you need to get ready in whatever way you need to?
What is it you’re spending most of your time on? Can you keep track of what you do throughout the day? Is there anything that’s slowing you down or consistently causing problems? If it’s something someone else can manage better and you’re able to hand it off to them, can you open that discussion? If it’s not, can you ask for support in other ways?
Spring clean your digital space:
Our digital workspaces clutter up fast–maybe even faster than our physical ones! And, because we don’t really see that clutter, we don’t realize how it’s slowing us down or making our workspace inefficient. Take time to go through your computer and delete old files you don’t need, make sure everything is organized how you need it to be in order to make the best use of it going forward.
Declutter your mental load:
If you’re feeling too much stress or pressure or like you’re constantly burned out, you probably need to reevaluate your boundaries. Are you taking on too many responsibilities? Are you letting work time bleed into your personal time? Are you taking on things that aren’t your responsibility? Think about what is causing you that stress or burn out, and consider what boundaries may need strengthening.