Spring cleaning tips to refresh your daily routine and promote growth, professionally and personally.
After a winter that seemed to drag on forever, I find myself particularly excited that the trees are budding, the air is warming up and I can finally stop wearing my bulky winter coat. This year I feel an almost primal instinct to participate in the annual ritual of spring cleaning.
For most people, spring cleaning involves swapping out the closets, packing away heavy blankets, and weeding and grooming the winter-ravaged yard. Yet, given the multifaceted lives we each lead as professional women, I think this cleaning can be taken a step further. The changing seasons is also a great time to do some purging and refreshing of our personal and professional lives.
Any farmer will tell you that the real benefit of an annual deep winter freeze is to kills off bugs and allow perennials to store up enough energy to grow more abundant in the warmer months. This cycle is also true for ourselves. We likely have a project, a relationship, or a habit that would serve us well if we let it “die off” with the end of the winter season. By weeding out things that no longer serve us, we make the space for new opportunities to come in the months ahead.
So this spring, as you start to put away the heavy and bulky winter items you won’t need for the next six-months, I’d encourage you to take some time to also reflect on the personal and professional areas of your life to see where you could also use some weeding and purging to make space for an abundant summer.
DWKC Spring Cleaning Checklist:
- How is your mental space today?
- Do you have any thoughts that you could get rid of?
- Are there things you regularly consume that just add “junk” to your mind?
- Can you take some of your mental clutter and better organize it by putting things into a calendar or task management system?
- How are you spending your “free-time”?
- Are you involved in organizations or activities that enrich your life or things that simply add to your overall stress?
- Have you said ‘yes’ to more things than you realistically have time for?
- What personal or professional projects have you put on the backburner because you can’t find space for it in your schedule?
- How are your relationships (personal and professional)?
- Do you have a community of peers or colleagues that motivate and inspire you, or are you being weighed down by their negativity?
- Is there someone you would like to get to know better, but haven’t had the time to reach out to? Is there someone you could benefit from spending less time with?
- What is your current workload like?
- Are you taking on projects that you enjoy or is your time filled with work that zaps your energy?
- Are there customers or clients that dominate your time? Could you find a way to create better boundaries?
- Do you have any projects or type of work you are doing that is no longer moving your forward toward your goals?
Cleaning and weeding can be difficult, but I hope with a little purging you are able to enter the next season feeling lighter and re-energized, ready to make space for new opportunities and abundance throughout your life.
Ashley Heyburn is the founder and coach at Makers Megaphone Coaching, where she provides tools, resources and support for makers and creators who want to earn money and build a thriving life from what they create. Prior to running her own business, Heyburn was the Senior Account Manager and Small Business specialist at Etsy where she coached and supported hundreds of Etsy’s most successful sellers, helping them grow and scale their businesses to well over six-figures a year. Additionally, she spent over 10 years involved in the marketing industry in various capacities from promoting major brands to crafting compelling fundraising campaigns. Heyburn recently relocated back to Kansas City and is passionate about helping local creative entrepreneurs build thriving businesses and driven to develop world-class resources that empower and support creators at every stage of their journey.