So, every year Spring rolls around and its time to go through the house and get rid of whatever crap you know you don't need. In my house, this time of year is greeted with a smile, it took me a while to release myself from the connection I have to my materials, but I also realized how much clutter and stress keeping these useless items made my home feel. We all purchase things because we love them, but eventually we love something new, and the cycle continues. (Side note, a reason why I've tried my hardest not to buy into trends and fast fashion, check back in with me on that one.) As I was saying, just as we tend to spring clean our homes, we need to spring clean ourselves. There should be a point every so often, where we self analyze, take inventory, and purge what we don't need.
Here is a little Self Check, a list of questions to spend time thinking about and journaling.
I always find I absorb more information when I write, so I would suggest getting a cute journal for your bedside, and taking some time to answer each of these questions, you might be surprised at your responses. I recently did something like this through a networking powerhouse "The Societe," after reading my answers, I felt disappointed, but also motivated, reading my flaws around or writing down ways to improve, really set the wheels in motion.
1) What are you best qualities? Really focus on this one, we barely pay attention to what we're really good at, we're always thinking of "what will make the most money, or whats the easiest," but in reality our success is in our skill. Best qualities could be things like, planning, or memory. Write it all down, see if you are using them to your full potential.
2) What are your friends best qualities? This question is to make sure your tribe is really on the same page as you, in order to keep your life drama free and minimal, you need to stick with people who are on the same level, friends can either lift you up or drag you down, pay attention to your circle.
3) Think about your gratitudes, I write 3 down every day in the morning, it helps start the day on a positive note, and sets the tone for the type of energy you'll release.
4) What are your stressors? This is huge, if there's anything I HIGHLY suggest writing down, its this. Write down ALL of your stressors, every single thing. From not having enough time, to your B of a boss, to the fact that you don't have clean underwear. This will help you see how you can slowly manage your stress. What can you easily eliminate? What is a priority?
5)What is your am/pm routine? Studies have shown that there are some differences to highly productive people and the rest of the world, and that is the ever so rushed morning routine. Here are some things to start doing NOW that'll help motivate and boost you.
6) What are you healthy habits? See the things you are doing right now that are helpful to you and your life goals. Acknowledging what you ARE doing right, gives you mini boost and helps keep you driven to continue working hard.
7) What are you unhealthy habits? This is another one that helps when written down. Visualizing the bad habits on a piece of paper will certainly give you a reality check. We tend to ignore the bad decisions we make because they may not seem so bad at the time, but a habit is something different. A habit, definition, is a settled tendency or usual manner of behavior. Now, if you have formed an unhealthy habit, its time to face it now, an really decide to let these things go.
8) Does your home reflect your peace? If your house has a chaotic energy when you walk in, then its contributing to your inability to be productive. If you have clutter in all the nooks and crannies of your house, you probably have the same clutter in your brain. Trust me, I speak from recent experience, decluttering just lightened my home, and my head. Take some time to work a corner a week, get rid of stuff, or buy containers to store things you want to keep, in an organized way.
9) Are you fulfilling your goals? Last and most important questions, are you fulfilled in attaining your goals? If you know the answer to this question is no, then its time you start giving yourself time. Time to take the first step to your best self, time to organize your plan, time to self-check, and live out your dream. Think of what it might look like, if you had nothing stopping you, what would YOU look like?
We're our biggest obstacle, get out of your way.