We’re technically a lot closer to summer than spring at this point, but it’s never too late to take some time to perform some spring cleaning tasks on your life and career. Here are a few things to consider doing that will help you do so:
- Clean up your work environment. One study found that 90% of Americans admit that cluttered spaces not only negatively impact their productivity, but also their state of mind, motivation, and even happiness. That “important sticky note” you haven’t looked at in three months? Throw it away.
- Clean up your email inbox. Unsubscribe from newsletter you never or infrequently read, and create filters to deal with everything else.
- Review your year-to-date progress. What goals did you set out with this year? Are you still on track or did you detour off of a cliff? Spend some time making sure that you are still making progress on the things that matter. On that same topic…
- Get back to what really matters. Entire books have been written to elaborate on this single bullet point, but spend some time looking at everything you are involved in and decide whether or not your precious time is worth those responsibilities. If not, drop them.
- (For an enlightening read on this topic, see Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown).
- Declutter and organize your house. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t worn or used something in a year, it’s time to say goodbye. Donate it all to a good cause.
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- Clean up your social media accounts.
- Do something out of the norm. You’ll always be surprised how refreshing it can be to do something different, and often times it will give you some much needed perspective to re-focus your energy.
- Spend some time in silence. It’s a terrifying thought, I know, and your mind will do it’s best to occupy you with thoughts. But doing so can provide sparks of clarity and inspiration, so give it a try.
- Holding onto any grudges or bitterness? Let it go. Forgive whoever wronged you. You’re only hurting yourself (and using valuable mental energy) by holding onto it.
- Go on a vacation (more on that in our next article).
Jeremiah Clark, M.A., is a healthcare IT consultant with six Epic Systems certifications. He is also the co-owner of Appalachian Digital, a website development agency. You can contact Jeremiah at JeremiahSethClark@Outlook.com or connect with him on LinkedIn at Jeremiah Clark.