January marks a time when you usually start the change of a big shift in your life. But I find that once you elevate one part of your life, the rest wants to follow suit. So if you have a big career goal or business goal that you start to work on, the rest of your life soon tries to catch up. These could include working on friendships, creative projects, planning a big holiday, and so on.
When we set goals, a lot of us don’t actually realize or believe in what we’re capable of. This is especially true when you’re working on your goals and you feel like everything is all over the place. Sometimes you want to take a step back because you think you can’t move forward. But it’s usually at this point where you feel most uncomfortable that you are more than able to take another step forward. It’s at this point where you need to take some steps in order to make you feel grounded and to allow you to keep progressing.
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Here’s how spring cleaning can make your goals happen:
1. Spring clean.
This isn’t about the stereotypical spring cleaning we see advertised so frequently right now. It’s not about filling up bags of clothes because you don’t want them anymore. What matters is thinking about what inspires you.
Reorganize yourself based on where you are in your life right now. Cut out any images and articles that you’ve been inspired by in magazines and recycle everything else. If it doesn’t fit with your current lifestyle or if it doesn’t inspire you, get rid of it or put it away.
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It’s about clearing your space in order to allow for the new to come in. Maybe you used to be inspired by motivational prints and postcards. If you’re not any more or you have other ways that inspire and motivate you, you can always store them away.
2. Allow your mind to wander.
Once you’ve done the first step, you can let your mind wander a little. Whether you know exactly what it is that you’re working towards or not, you’ll find that your mind will feel a lot cleaner once you’ve spring cleaned certain aspects of your life.
Really, it doesn’t matter whether you do or do not know what your next steps are. All that matters is that you take some thinking time for yourself. It might be that you know where you want to get to, but your brain isn’t ready to get going yet. Take some time, go for a walk, and always keep a notebook in your bag so you can write down any thoughts or ideas that come to your mind.
You’ve made physical space for new things but your mind might take a little while to catch up. Begin to curate your mental space to focus on your goals by allowing your mind to wander.
3. Keep on top of your plan.
Planning always works, it truly does. Your first step here is to make sure you’re using the right tool that suits your personality and planning style. Some ideas could be:
- Buy a yearly diary
- Use your phone calendar
- Put up a wall planner somewhere in your home
- Use a bullet journal
There are more possibilities too but those are some of the most popular. I’ve gone through and tried out all of these different systems, and now I use a mixture of Google Calendar, a goal setting planner, and an online to-do list tracker called Asana.
You probably won’t be surprised to know that if you don’t write down what you want to achieve and when you want to achieve it, you won’t always know when you have time to carry out these actions. So make sure you track your goals by planning. Be realistic and set yourself the right amount of time for the tasks you want to achieve. You have a certain amount of hours in a day, so use them effectively. Your goals or dreams won’t come to fruition overnight. Be patient.
If you want some extra accountability, I’d definitely advise getting an accountability partner. Having at least one other person you can talk to about your goals and how you’re going to achieve them will not only make you feel less scared, but it also allows you to talk through any worries you might have. You can then be there for them in the same way.
4. Get in the zone.
We’re known as the generation of “busy” and as our lives get busier and busier, people are rediscovering the importance and need of self-care. Self-care can be whatever you want it to be. It can be a little more in-depth like yoga, meditation and mindfulness; these are definitely on the rise as go-to relaxation techniques. But something simple such as a hot bath works just as well. There are a lot of things you can do to clear your mind. What matters is that you make the time to do it.
5. Just start.
The biggest mistake you can make is to think you’re being productive without actually taking any action. It’s surprising how easy it is to send that email, put a bit of money away towards that trip, call that person you didn’t think you could speak to or hit complete on that application. Do it, take action.
And if that inner voice is overwhelming, take a step back and remember to be patient. You can do this.