Each year, people around the globe spend April 22nd recognizing the wonders that this world provides for us and what we can do for it in return. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and has since become a day known for activities such as tree-planting and recycling. I really feel like 2020 has really pulled us to be a bit more conscious of the world around us, so that Earth Day may mean a bit more to some folks.
Sometime between the first day of spring and Earth Day, people typically start doing spring cleaning. While this has never been a regularly-scheduled annual event in my house, the idea of clearing out the old and cluttered has always been important to me. (In fact, I’ve been using the past two weeks to go through clothes to be donated!) Deep cleaning and organizing is a great way to clear both your space and your mind. But what about spring cleaning your life?
Now is the prime time to get your life a bit more organized and significantly simpler. Take on a few of these concepts and you can find yourself breathing just a little easier.
- Chart your productivity times. Throughout the day, pay attention to what times you are most productive. Some people get more done in the mornings while others work better in the afternoons. Once you figure out which time(s) of day produces the best results, make sure to schedule the most important tasks at those times whenever possible.
- Stop multi-tasking. Seriously! When you have too much going on at once, those stress hormones will skyrocket. You’re also more likely to not finish your tasks and to be thinking about them later.
- Say “no” whenever possible. You have a million things going on, right? Your default answer (to other adults) should not automatically be “yes.” If you say no to this, what else could you say yes to that would be a thousand times more awesome?
- Contribute to a savings account. Whenever you have a backup plan, you stop worrying so much. Have a savings account to which you regularly add. Then, when shit hits the fan (and yes, it will), you’re prepared.
- Focus on the road. Especially for those of us who have just a few standard places to which we usually drive, ending up on a mental autopilot is easy to do. Practice being mindful when you’re driving. It’s fantastic practice for the rest of the day.
- Have commitment check-ins with yourself. Choose a time period – once a month or maybe once every three months – to check in with yourself on all of your commitments. Make sure that you’re upholding them and aren’t too overwhelmed. If you discover that maybe you have too much on your plate, create a plan on how to adjust things.
- Learn to make / bake / grow something. Self-sufficiency is a freedom that many people don’t truly understand. When you can grow your own food, bake bread, mend your clothes, or crochet a blanket, it allows you to take a deep breath. That’s one less thing for which you have to rely on someone one else.