If you’re reading this, congratulations you’ve made it past barely dented New Years resolutions, Valentine’s Day aka Single Awareness Day and have successfully survived losing an hour of sleep despite being a zombie at work for an entire week. Or is that just me? Spring time always brings around a sense of renewal; the air is fresher, flowers are blooming, the weather is tolerable, the days become longer and life in general just seems a bit brighter.
So in preparation for your “jumpstart” into spring; most often we opt to do a little spring cleaning. Of course, a fresh start can happen at any time when there’s a decision to do so but there’s something about spring that rejuvenates the desire to spring into action, and that’s ok too (hey we’re human)!
Keep in mind, I am no life coach but I’ve had my share of failures and successes in “springing forward” and often we just don’t know where to begin.
It really takes a lot of mental, physical, emotional energy to break habits and get into the “groove” that we want to be in.
Sticking to a schedule, managing multiple things at a time (i.e. work, exercise, relationships, me-time) can be a tough thing to manage especially when you haven’t figured out where to start.
Here’s a few tips on how I ‘spring forward’:
1. Make A List/Schedule
First things first, Prioritize.
I suffer from being a scatter brain so lists are like the Lord’s saving grace. I like to choose the hardest things first, because typically I avoid them like the plague. Prioritizing this way makes it so much easier to start afresh especially with all those things done that you’ve been neglecting for months.
Getting rid of anything toxic or anything that no longer serves its purpose.
This can mean things, thoughts and even relationships. Starting fresh means ridding yourself of all negativity–yes all of it. That friend that isn’t really a friend or those “too-tight” stilettos that hurt every time you wear them; it’s time to let go and give something new a try. Although, starting anew with the lessons of old; there’s a reason it wasn’t good for you. Learn from it and move on.
Redecorate and create your feng shui.
What I love most about new beginnings are that you can literally transform yourself and your environment. I like to switch up my look or my bedroom with things that translate my mood and where I’m at in life at that particular moment. It’s like getting a chance to redo things and make them better, more inspiring or just simply to change your focus. Thinking on that, I have a 2 year old vision board that definitely could use a do-over.
4. Make IT Fun
Keep it fresh and fun.
There’s no better way to start over than having fun with it. Yes, it’s hard work and it can be tedious but there are many ways to make it enjoyable.
Start over with a friend; try a new DIY project for your home or work space. Start working out, eating better; a new hobby or trying new foods definitely makes me a happy camper.
I’m positive there are more than 4 ways to spring forward; how do you start fresh for spring?