It’s that time of year again. The flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining, the temperatures are rising, and we’re ready to flourish. This year, instead of focusing on “spring cleaning,” let’s focus on a full lifestyle change. It’s easy to lose our sense of purpose and intention when we’re constantly trying to catch up on things and waiting for the next big moment.
Spring is a pivotal period to act on our need for change: time to make a conscious effort to change our entire way of thinking! To accomplish a task or achieve a goal, we must identify the essential and eliminate the rest. Identify where the issues may be in your life. Do you have a hard time staying organized? Are you not making progress in your career? Is your house constantly messy? Begin the process by identifying first. Every time you begin something or buy something, ask yourself, “Is this meaningful? Does it serve a purpose?”
Who is it that you want to spend your time with? Where do you want to be (home, work, gym, traveling)? What do you want to be doing? By answering these simple yet perplexing questions, you can slow down the cycle of excess and over-consumption by saying “No” to things that don’t deserve your time. Only then can you start the process of living intentionally.
Suppose you answered that you want to spend more time with family at home and cook more often. Write it down. Really focus on it and internalize it. The next step is to eliminate anything that’s preventing you from doing it. Could it be that you should spend less time on social media, watching Netflix, sleeping in, or daydreaming? Minimize doing and having things that aren’t bringing you happiness, and maximize time spent on those things that make a difference in your life and to those around you.
We all know that work (and the money it brings) is essential to living, so it can’t be eliminated just like that. However, we can adjust what surrounds it. These two simple steps can help in all areas of life: be mindful of your time and don’t waste your days. Make everything you do meaningful. Happiness comes by doing what we love with those we love. You are in control of your life and your time here on earth.
We all have a purpose: it’s about revealing to ourselves that purpose and allowing it to come to fruition. Don’t just let another year drift right by. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or unfocused, just remember to identify the essential and eliminate the rest.
Ashly Bloore is a freelance writer, hairstylist, wife, and mom to three young boys. She also has an apparel design and merchandising degree.