for Your Soul
May is here and
with everything going on in the world, I think it’s time for Spring
Cleaning of a different kind. Instead of sorting through old files
and going through your closets, how about taking a look at what’s
weighing you down in your life and what’s holding you back?
is your perfect companion for Spring Cleaning Your Soul because PM
keeps you focused on what you need to do to move forward. It’s the
ultimate accountability partner, nudging you with milestones and
reminding you what you agreed to accomplish. So, think about what’s
holding you back, and then write a project plan to get rid of those
obstacles and move on down the road.
Here’s my Top-Five
List of things we all need to get rid of:
Grudges. Are you
holding a grudge for something that happened 10 years ago, and you
can’t even remember exactly what happened? Pick up the phone or
write an email and call a truce. Let this be your “Grudge be gone!”
project. You’ll feel 10 years younger after just two or three
grudges are lifted. And it will help you approach future projects
with a clearer mind.
Are you mad at the
government, your next-door neighbor’s dog, or that grand-standing
co-worker? Ask yourself if this anger has done you any good. Then
figure out how you can channel your anger into a positive project.
Maybe you can get involved in your local community, so you can make
a difference and not feel like what’s happening in the world is
beyond you. As for the dog, treats always work wonders. Ditto for
people. A pan of brownies just may bring about world peace – even
if just for a few minutes.
Fear. I think the
biggest thing holding back the economy right now is fear. If we all
shift our mindset from reactive to proactive, things will get
better. Fear is a virus and so is hope. Let’s spread more of the
hope around and get a hope virus growing exponentially. Risk
Management is a fantastic way to rein in your fears – check out the
free worry-o-meter tool under Cheetah Learning’s free Project
Woe is me. Turn “Woe
is me” into “Wow is me.”
Maybe you’ve lost your job or taken a pay cut. Yes, that
stinks, but only as long as you let “Woe is me” be your badge to the
world. “Wow is me” looks for the opportunity. What kinds of
companies are hiring now? How can you beef up your skills? How can
you position yourself differently? When you change the lens you’re
looking through, you can see solutions instead of obstacles. Yes,
life gives us obstacles, but we all have the power to come up with
the ideas and the attitude to overcome them.
Time wasters. What
are the ways that you waste time? For some of us, it’s sitting in
front of the TV or for others it may be surfing the web aimlessly.
Identify your biggest time wasters and then choose three ways that
you can better use that time. Maybe it’s a bike ride, a walk or
volunteering for a local charity, or taking on that project you’ve
put on the back burner to “someday.” Whatever gives your life more
meaning, spend your time there and stay away from life’s empty
Okay, once you have
done some Spring Cleaning for
your Soul, then, you can sort out the clutter in your
workspace or home. Use the “5 S” approach to keep your life running
Sort: Only have items in your work area that you use on a
daily basis. Everything else gets put away in its place. Create
filing systems for quick retrieval – for both paper and electronic
based information. If you find that you often get piles, the best
way to stop them is to go through the piles and see what is in
them. Once you know what is in them, then you can create a file,
folder or designated space for those items.
Have a designated place for all moveable items, such as desktop
organizers. Everything is labeled in macro-work areas, and there is
a logical workflow for shared office machines, such as copiers and
Shine: Everything in the area looks like “new” condition and
Recycle bins and waste baskets are emptied nightly.
visual controls for common areas, such as how to use the copier, and
wall planning calendars.
Have a daily and weekly system to keep up with the improvements
that you have made. Give yourself the time to do the maintenance
necessary to keep your space in top condition.
Spring Cleaning may take you, remember that when we get rid of “dead
weight,” either literally or figuratively, we are lighter, more
agile and can move quickly. You can’t dance with lead weights on
your feet. So, lighten your load in your life and leap ahead to
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