Spring Cleaning!

14 Mar

spring

Happy Spring America!

Spring is only a few days away and it may be time to take on a couple extra steps to increase your efficiency and lower the stress. I am taking on a broader topic today, but think it’s a universal issue for those of us in the rat race. Come this time of year, I’m always a little frustrated with the clutter that begins to rise up at my desk, in my car, and around the house. So my list below are a few practical items I’ve dramatically improved in March and I’m challenging you to consider doing the same over the next month:

1. Email and Paper –  get rid of it:

Toss (Delete), Refer, File or Act on it. It’s simple, but why do you always have 50 items in your inbox at the END of the day? Why doesn’t that stack of paper on your desk ever dwindle? Counterintuitive to eliminating the paper, I print up my action items that take more than five minutes. When I complete them, I recycle the 8 & 1/2 x 11. My inbox was empty this morning. It works for me – what is your system?

2. Phone Calls – finish them:

Are you always a phone call or 10 behind? I also print up the people (Outlook contact) who I need to call (both personal and professional calls). I carry that piece of paper around until I’ve at least left them a message. Sometimes it fits into the time I’m driving or sometimes it lingers a few days, but it always irritates me enough to make the call. If it’s important, why haven’t you called your mom this week?

3. Goal List – check them off:

Both big and small goals need to be written down somewhere. Not necessarily with a pen these days… Where are your short and long term goals written? Are they moving forward? Centralize them into one master list (my weekly goals are always on my calendar). Again, what’s your system for moving them forward a little faster this year?

4. Recharge the brain – it needs to happen daily:

All is for naught, if you don’t smile today. Great – so your inbox is empty, you have no one to call, and you are aggressively checking off your goal list. Do your days include small victories or a hobby? Exercise, read a good book, eat your favorite meal for lunch, hang out with a friend, watch a movie… the list is endless. I’ve talked to many people who ignore this “category” for many weeks and they are stressed beyond belief at that moment. Charge thy battery daily (and if you aren’t accomplishing it, put “recharge the brain” on the daily goal list).

Make it a great day~ Drew Schmitz

@drew_schmitz

www.linkedin.com/in/andrewschmitz/

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