Have you ever had the feeling that you were doing too many things?
Are you juggling with too many projects?
Maybe you are wearing too many hats?
Your life, like any garden, needs to grow.
And when it has grown organically, like any garden, it needs maintenance, and trimming.
Spring is coming, and it might be the time to do a spring clean-up in your life and in your business.
Here are a few key areas to take care of to make your life more lean, clean and green:
Which are the relationships that are essential to your life, that you want to keep and nurture?
Which are the relationships that you have left aside or overlooked, that you would like to reconnect with?
Which relationships have you outgrown (at least for now), and do you need to let go of to move forward?
Are they any people you would like to connect with in the future, that you have been longing to reach out to?
What do your finances look like right now?
Are there any expenditures that you need to cut off?
Are there any investments that you have been willing to make, that you might want to plant the seeds for?
How much prosperity would you like to create for the rest of the year?
Would setting up a budget be helpful?
If you need to set up a budget, here are key steps recommended by Money Coach Erin Gobler:
- Identify your financial values and priorities
- Make a list of all of your expenses
- Eliminate unnecessary expenses
- Spend less than you make
- Use a 50/30/20 budget:
- 50% for needs, such as housing, transportation, and groceries
- 30% for wants, such as eating out, entertainment, and hobbies
- 20% for savings and paying off debt
(Tweak it as it feels good to you)
- Use several bank accounts or a service such as YNAB (You Need a Budget)
- Automate your payments
- Schedule regular budget meetings with yourself or your significant other
To go further into budgeting, check out the Four Rules for budgeting by YNAB.
If you would like to get a more thorough understanding of financial planning, I highly recommend reading Tony Robbins’ Money: Master the Game.
To dive deeper into your relationship with money, I would recommend reading George Kinder’s Seven Stages of Money Maturity.
What are the activities/people/places/routines that drain you of your energy?
What are the activities/people/places/routines that give you energy?
Make a list.
Start by doing more of what gives you energy, and stop doing things that drain you of energy.
You can take Rich Litvin’s Energy Audit for more details.
If you could do one thing only, that would simplify your life by 80%, what would that be?
4) Material things
One of my friends in California wanted to sort out a lot of stuff he had accumulated over the last four decades. He said:
“I am going to take out all my possessions from the basement, put them in the garden and sort them out.”
That was it.
He called them possessions.
These were things that possessed him.
What possessions do you have?
How can you cut them out of your life, so they can move to their next life?
On the other side of the spectrum, there are belongings.
Belongings are objects and artifacts that you love. They belong to you, for you are their caretaker.
What are some of your belongings that need your attention?
What kind of care could you give them?
Each thing that belongs to us takes a part of our psychic energy. The leaner our material lives, the clearer our minds.
If you would like to take up a challenge, what if you tried to tend to reducing the amount of stuff you had towards 100 objects? As recommended by this article by Cary Fortin, you don’t have to get to 100, stop when it feels good.
If you would like to tidy things up in your material life, and find more joy in the relationship you have with your objects, maybe you’ll want to have a look at Marie Kondō’s Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.
If your home was on fire and you could take only one object out of the house, what would that be?
In 1951, André Fraigneau interviewed Jean Cocteau in a series of radio shows and asked him this question. Cocteau replied:
“Je crois que j’emporterais le feu.”
“I think I would take the fire.”
What is one thing you could do to take your fair share of the fire off Planet Earth?
5) The Power of the Void
How did all this stuff accumulate in your life in the first place?
Little by little.
Probably to fill out a gap, a void.
“Space is where Miracles occur.”
Before you create Space, you might want to think about what your life is really about. Otherwise the space will simply fill up unconsciously and unintentionally again.
What is an Impossible Dream you have?
If you could, and had the energy, the time, the attention and the money, what would you do about it?
Once you have decluttered and streamlined your life, is there one tiny step you can take in the direction of that Dream?