Every project needs a system. Below is my fail-proof system to set yourself up for spring cleaning success in your home, body, and mind:
1. Choose What: Pick a project to focus on first (home, body, or mind).
Is there a closet or drawer that's overflowing that you KNOW needs to be on the list first? Or maybe you know it's time to focus on purging your kitchen of unhealthy foods and replenishing it with life-giving upgrades. Perhaps you're finally ready to reboot your body with a nutritional cleanse, or you are ready to clean up some habit that may be hindering you from achieving your goals. Are there negative thoughts or language you'd like to purge and replace? What about a habit of complaining that you can replace with gratitude?
Whatever you choose is the PERFECT place to begin.
2. Choose When: Pick a day, time, and duration that you are committing to work on your project.
Put it on your calendar, set a reminder, enroll a friend, or do whatever you have to do to make sure you show up for yourself. Make it non-negotiable!
I find that it works best for me if I use the same day and time every week so that I stay consistent until my project is completed. If we wait until we feel like it, there's a good chance we'll never get started. Schedule it and make it happen!
3. Choose What Goes: If it's a physical clean-up, make piles to sell, to give away, and to toss.
If it's a habit you want to revamp, decide exactly what that would look like. For instance, if you're taking on the cleaning up of your excessive TV-watching, decide the boundaries of what's no longer welcome. Maybe you limit the amount of time you watch, particular shows you watch, or you decide to get rid of your cable subscription or TV altogether. You make up the rules!
4. Choose What Stays: If it's a physical item, ask yourself: Is this truly important? Do I love it? Do I need it? Have I used/worn it in the last two years? Can I take a photo of it to keep the memory alive and purge the actual item? Is there someone I know who needs it more than I do?
If it's a body project, decide what actions are consistent with your health goals and keep only those that will help you get there.
5. Choose a Deadline: When does this project need to be completed? Put it on the calendar to stick to it. Again, set reminders, recruit friends to do it with you, whatever you need to do to complete your project.
6. Choose to Make it Fun: We are more likely to do a project if we perceive it as fun. Here's where you can recruit friends, crank up your favorite music, light candles, throw a clothing exchange party (this idea is courtesy of my friend Lori!), or get the kids involved of gathering all the junk food in the house to either toss or give away and go to the farmer's market together to replenish.
Another way to make it fun is to imagine what positive things will come out of this project being completed. And this helps solidify WHY you're doing this in the first place.
- How will you feel when you can find what you want in the drawer when you want it?
- How will it feel to walk into your organized office?
- How will it feel to get your energy back in your body after a cleanse?
- How will your relationships improve when you release negativity and add in gratitude?
- How will your life improve when you replace extensive sitting with more daily movement?
All of it is a choice. Feel the power of what your choices can do for you! I can't wait to hear your stories of what you're working on!
And as always, if you feel you need help getting started, staying motivated, and achieving success in any area, I am here as your PERSONAL THRIVE COACH to guide you all the way to a thriving life.
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