Spring is officially here—that is, unless you live in Michigan—which means there is no better time to take a step back and reflect and declutter. Now, this isn’t your average spring cleaning blog about how you should clean under all of the hard-to-reach places you typically ignore year round. Instead, we are going to focus on two things: how to spring clean your mind & business.
Having a clear head is one of the most important tools you need to be successful at your job. Taking this time to declutter your mind will help you feel refreshed and ready to take on new challenges. You can get to all of those things you have been meaning to do for a while now, but may have pushed to the back burner. When many people first think of clutter, they think of the physical things. However, clutter can be just as apparent in your thoughts. Taking a step back and improving your mental health could include releasing any negative thoughts, getting on top of your to-do list, or simply giving yourself a break and resting up. Your physical health goes hand in hand with your mental health, and your mental health is key to being on top of your company’s ‘A’ game.
After you have taken the time to clean-up your thoughts, it’s time to start looking at how your business has been performing. Reflecting on your own business practices may seem like a bottom of the barrel task when you have pressing work to do, but it is an investment in creating an efficient business. Depending on where you work, spring cleaning your business could be a variety of things. Regardless of whether you are at an established company or just launched your own business, reassessing where your money is going and why is necessary for a clear direction for any business.
We all know that the number of software services, tools and subscriptions have exploded over the past few years, and with that, so has your list of expenses. Many of us are continuously leaking money through the cracks by continuing to subscribe to tools that may have been a good idea at the time, but shortly after became underutilized (or not utilized at all). Use this time to make a list of all of your digital tools, and evaluate how often you use them and if they are making your business more efficient. Those $10 or $20 subscriptions per month add up quick and can make it easy to waste a lot of your hard earned money. That email marketing tool you bought 8 months ago may not be as relevant for your business today as it was back then. Hopefully you’re assessing these expenses more often than once per year, but if not, take advantage of your spring cleaning energy!
With spring in full bloom, it is a perfect time to declutter your mind, business, and everything in between to work smarter, not harder.
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