Okay – so I’m now on the other side of the world and we’re backwards over here and it feels so good to say “goodbye winter”, “hello spring” after two straight terms of winter!
For most, as the days lengthen and the sun shines, spring is a great time to spend outside, clearing the back yard, planting a garden, cleaning the exterior of your home etc. A traditional part of Chinese Spring Festival is for all the family to come together and completely clean the indoors and outdoors of their homes as well as their clothes, bedclothes and all their utensils in preparation for the New Year.
And for all of you down under (or anywhere in the world) how about mixing it up a little and doing a “spring clean” for winter? Take advantage of the fact that you prefer to be inside in winter making it the perfect time to invest in you, to fortify you for those long, cold days to come.
Some ideas for a winter spring clean that I like:
1. Spring clean your library – What new ideas are out there in your line of business or in any areas of life that interest you. Stock up for winter. Good reading is vital for nights in by the fire.
2. Spring clean your image – What outdated identities and labels no longer fit and accurately describe you? The past is the past, do not let it define and depress you over winter. Get rid of the old. Make room for the new you. Redefine yourself.
3. Spring clean your space – Never underestimate the impact of your environment on your thoughts and mood. Winter is a mood killer. So prepare for those dark wintery days by brightening your space and creating your own private retreat. Design an inspirational space inside so the weather outside is inconsequential.
4. Spring clean your bad habits – Bad habits sabotage life in so many ways and in winter it is easy to slip into bad habits (too much time munching out in front of the TV, surfing the internet, scrabble with friends, continually surrounded by comfort food). Winter can be a time waster, so it’s time to refocus to avoid endless distractions that may present.
What one thing can you do differently to have a productive winter?
If you could pick one thing – what would it be?
Choose it and do it, winter or spring.
Go on, what have you got to lose.