Apologies for the longer than normal hiatus from my regularly scheduled emails!
I’ve been traveling a lot the past 30 days on business, taping TV shows in between (I meet the most interesting people on my TV show) and working on some new personal projects.
In between traveling thousands of miles, successfully outrunning snow and ice storms (multiple times) and being stopped by others, I’m now comfortably installed back in Birmingham, Michigan.
It’s nice to be home, now that temperatures are back into the double digits — and I hope they continue that way!
Happy First Day of Spring
I thought it would never arrive. Finally, Spring is here. Thank goodness! And, it gets better than that …. there are just 17 days until The Masters!
It’s one of the very few times that Ron and I actually watch sports. The Masters is played at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. We were actually going to visit the area on the way back from a conference, however, we were desperately trying to make some significant headway before an ice storm moved through that area. So we cut over and ended up staying in Atlanta with family until roads were, once again, safe and clear for travel. It was quite the adventure!
For me, the Masters is the true herald of Spring. And, along with that is my excitement to clean everything! Little does Ron know that he’s going to be participating in it with me. 🙂
Spring Cleaning and more …
I love Spring! While I have seasonal allergies to contend with as well as the fear of more snow to come (I hope not!), Spring means one thing to me — a fresh, clean start and the start of Spring Cleaning!
No matter who you are, this is a great time of year to “put things in order.” Environments influence our mind, body and spirit. Creating surroundings that support and serve you in a way that makes you feel refreshed and invigorated can enhance your productivity, creativity, and happiness!
Here are 5 areas you might wish to consider.
#1 Clean your computer. Computers attract all manner of dirt (not to mention icky germs) — on the screen, around the keyboard, and around the base (if you have a desktop). In fact, take time to clean all your gadgets, including tablets and smartphones. Check online or at an office supplies store to find appropriate cleaning supplies for all of your technology.
#2 Clean your desk. Clear the top of unwanted piles of paper, notes and other things that don’t belong there. File what you need and discard the rest. Clean out the drawers, remove old client files and make room to add new ones!
#3 Clean your car. Another important environment in which we spend a lot of time can benefit from professional detailing and regular washing. A car is not a storage facility! Keep it clean, clear and refreshed so you and your passengers enjoy the ride!
#4 Clean your kitchen. Throw out old utensils, dishes or other things that may be broken, dated or seldom used. Donate or recycle what you can. Discard old food, clean out the pantry and make sure everything is 5-star clean and bright!
#5 Clean your closets and drawers. Review the contents of every single drawer and closet in your home. Have a box or bag handy so you can quickly and easily accumulate things that you can donate or discard.
Don’t know how to start? Here’s an idea.
Take your calendar and reserve one hour each day, for the next two weeks, for cleaning. Each day, work on one of five areas listed above. That keeps things interesting.
Spend only one hour — that’s it. That will leave you plenty of time for all the other things you normally do. If you want to spend more time, great, however only spend 60 minutes at a minimum. Do it first thing in the morning so you get it done and over with — no excuses allowed! And, use a kitchen timer or a timer on your smartphone so you stay focused and on track.
If you’re ready to commit to 14 hours of Spring Cleaning, that’s the first step.
I guarantee that it will make a difference in how you feel about everything in your life. Remember — only 1 hour a day. You can do it! And, I’ll be doing it along with you so you won’t be alone.
Let’s embrace the first day of Spring as a fresh, new beginning. Enjoy!
To Your Success!