Spring signifies new beginnings, so, it shouldn’t be a surprise that this has become a season associated with cleaning. Recently at work, we did a spring cleaning event wherein we had to clean out various spaces and organize files and other things. There were two running themes we kept in mind. The first was Marie Kondo’s method of tidying up, which is outlined in her aptly titled book, The Life Changing Method of Tidying Up. Though I haven’t read it, I have heard about it. The basic principle is that if something doesn’t spark joy, get rid of it. The second theme was using a lean perspective. Basically, it is about maximizing value and reducing waste. There’s more to it than that, but for the sake of time, let’s just go with it.
This got me thinking about how decluttering can be applied to other areas beyond literally getting rid of stuff. I’ve had a lot of things taking up space in my mind. All of which has been hindering my motivation and creativity. I’m looking for that spark of enthusiasm I had most of last year. Somewhere along the line, work and other things took precedence and everything else was placed on the back burner. So, I’ve decided that some things, emotional or otherwise, have to go. I’m working towards finding joy and doing things that make me happy.
How do you find ways to manage your time to fit in things for yourself?