Spring not only brings new life and the promise of nature’s bounty, it also carries with it the annual task of spring-cleaning. As spring begins, people everywhere will clean out closets, pack up outgrown toys, and organize their garages and other spaces. But the savvy entrepreneur should also consider de-cluttering their mind.
Entrepreneurs, in particular, tend constantly to think about the state of their businesses and keep a running internal dialogue going, full of new ideas and strategies. While these mental notes and activities are important for regular creative stimulation, spring is the perfect time to de-clutter the mind of those bits and pieces that hold little potential for future value.
You can get a great start by consciously looking at each day with a fresh spring-cleaning mindset, which ultimately should become an on-going process that continues all year round and into the next.
You need to work on your habits, continuously refresh your perspective, and innovatively renew yourself – think: 360-degree pattern.
Tips for decluttering your entrepreneurial mind, using a spring-cleaning attitude year round:
- Remember that you’re not in this world alone. Your decisions affect countless others, as theirs do too. Don’t make everything center around you. When working on a project, integrate your team and make each member feel important. You don’t have to do everything on your own. Collaborate, share, respect, grow and learn. When I’m doing my mental spring-cleaning, I always remember that it’s not just me in this Universe; it’s a big world, and everyone has a story.
If you think only of yourself and forget about others, ultimately you will lose. That is also something like a law of nature. — Dalai Lama
- Evaluate your expectations and your perceptions of people around you. This is essential for the business professional. Continually reevaluate your point of view, guarding against a stale mindset. Look for the benefits present in every situation. While a project or idea may not move along the way you’d hoped, remember that the dots may connect for the best down the line.
Life just seems so full of connections. Most of the time we don’t even pay attention to the depth of life. We only see flat surfaces. — Colin Neenan
- Focus on the positives of each day – every day. When a negative voice visits, ask yourself, how can we benefit from this situation? You can learn a lot about yourself by asking and answering this simple question. And it can make for fascinating blog content.
Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thoughts, and habits can be acquired. An action repeated becomes an attitude realized. — Paul Myer
- Break bad habits. Take a look at your daily routine and find the things that you do that you would be better off without. Turn your experience with breaking your bad habits into a winning situation for you and others by sharing it with the world. Form new, good habits for others to look to as an example for themselves.
We build our character from the bricks of habit we pile up day by day. — Zig Ziglar
It’s also beneficial to unplug and enjoy nature on a regular basis. Go for a walk to refresh your energy, de-clutter your mind, and recharge. Adding a bit of nature to every day will do the trick for you in all seasons – not just spring.
Lastly, but most importantly, take care of you! Do something each day for yourself – something that brings you joy – so you’ll consistently exude positive energy to share with the world around you.
Featured in More.com, March on-line issue: Spring Cleaning for Your Mind
Photography by Ann Tran