for the next installment in our spring cleaning series, we’re focusing less on your business systems and more on what moves you forward. let’s look at the driving force behind all of your decisions and the direction your business is headed. Deep breath and…let’s spring clean your mindset.
think back to the headspace you were in at the beginning of the january. Most likely you were feeling ambitious, full of fire, and ready to take on a new year. Now that you’re a few months in, consider if the goals you set for yourself are what you’d still actually like to accomplish this year. Are they still attainable and aligned with what you want your year to look like?
if not, spend some time refocusing. You can completely wipe those goals and restart, or just adjust to the way you see your year going. Either way, it’s important to get out of your current to-do list and into a space where you’re focused on your overall goals and the year you want to have.
i guess this is what you could say is the only real “spring cleaning” part of this series. Take some time to reorganize or declutter the space that you work in. If you have things all over your desk, chances are you’ll feel cluttered and won’t be able to do your best work. If you work on-the-go a lot of the time, the same rules apply for your work bag – clean it out so you know exactly what’s in your bag and where to find it.
these things may seem small or like they can be pushed to the end of your to-do list. But if you’re like most people, clutter just adds to stress and anxiety. So clearing it out will not only free up physical space, but mental space as well.
look through your calendar from the last few months. And i mean really look at your calendar. Figure out where the majority of your time is going – meetings? back-end business work? client work? something else? Decide if your time is being spent doing what you want to be doing. if not, make some changes.
if you have some space to change things around, consider where you need to spend your time and where you want to spend it. How can you prioritize things moving forward so you’re doing more of what you love or the things only you can do? what can you eliminate, automate, delegate?
Once you’ve figured out where you’re spending your time, it’s important to set yourself up for success in the next quarter and beyond. If there are tasks you need to do more often that you don’t usually get around to, set aside time in your calendar over the next 3 months to get them done.
This could look like scheduling a few hours each week to plan out your social content, spending 30 minutes each morning clearing out your email inbox, or cleaning off your desk every friday after you’ve shut down your computer. It’s all about planning the time for what you want to get done.
building habits is, of course, not easy. However, habits do make it easier for you to get the things done that you want to do. Think about the habits that you have now and whether or not they’re serving the business you want to have. Many times, we stress about things that could be solved simply by doing things we don’t want to do. Build as many habits and routines around your business tasks as you can, especially those tasks that you don’t love to do.
one method to try is “habit stacking”. Take one thing that you do already, and add something that you’d like to do to it. For example, if you brush your teeth daily and your dentist has told you that you need to floss, add in flossing before or after you brush your teeth. This way, the new habit is much more likely to stick.
your mindset can either make or break your progress. Taking some time to spring clean your mindset can force you to take a step back. Once you’ve done the hard work, you’ll be more clear-headed, focused, and ready to move forward.
to see more in our spring clean your systems series, check out this post.
i get it. trying to figure out systems and processes can sometimes feel like trying to find your way out of a corn maze (these are a thing, right? if not, my western pennsylvania is showing...)
that’s why i created a quiz that will tell you exactly which part of your business you should start streamlining first, as well as some of my best tips to get you started.