Today, spring is officially here. You can certainly see it in Portland. I took the picture below a few days ago while on a walk to a nearby park.
Spring is a time to freshen up. It’s not like New Years, when last year’s goals get regurgitated and wiped off for a few weeks. It’s a time when the changing season can actually inspire you to make something happen.
So it’s time for spring cleaning. This year I’m not just cleaning out the garage and getting rid of junk I haven’t used in years. I’m also cleaning out my routine to ensure I’m focusing on my most important goals.
Here are three small ways I’m freshening up for the rest of 2015:
- Focusing on priority goals. I started the year with 12 goals. I admit, it was too ambitions—especially since I just became a new father. After considering what is truly important, and what will leave me with much needed margin to enjoy my family, I trimmed my list down to just five goals.
- Cleaning out my email. Occasionally, I like to reset my inbox. This is where I unsubscribe from everything that comes into my inbox for the 30 days. I’ll keep a list of things I may want to reactivate. Then, once my inbox is free from daily clutter, I’ll review my list and see if there is anything I really need—I usually find there isn’t much to add back.
- Cutting back on news. Rarely is something so critical that I need to know it right away. And when something important does happen, I’m sure I’ll hear about it through the grapevine. So I’m cutting news out of my weekly routine. I’ll catch up on world events Sunday morning with coffee.
Warren Buffet says,
The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.
I may find a few more things to say no to, but this is a good start.
What could you clean out of your routine this spring?