If I had to choose a favorite yearly event, it would be spring cleaning, hands down. I've always been a giver-awayer ... much to my mother's dismay. Clutter, unused possessions, and things that don't have purpose breed anxiousness in my life. I love nothing more than tearing into my closet, throwing open all the dresser drawers, and swiftly donating all
junk previously loved treasures that I no longer need or use. As the boxes to donate are packed in the car, my world feels lighter and less burdensome. I have more mental energy to devote to enjoyable, more necessary endeavors.
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As I gear up for spring cleaning this season, I've taken a surprising look at one thing that needs cleansed the most. My life. My mental to-do list is full of tasks weighing on my mind. Some tasks are tangible and others are floating around on the border of consciousness. It was during a phone chat with Jimmyredhed yesterday that I stopped and said, "I need to spring clean my life."
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The pressures of work, home, school, and business are constant and I most often balance them well. But at times, it seems as if there are too many loose ends. My mind gets cluttered and I find myself void of motivation for pleasurable activities. When I find myself working early or working late, my personal and home lives suffer. When grad work increases, my business stagnates.
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So I sat down for a mental spring cleaning session. In the quiet of the moment, I tried to listen to and identify any area that is feeling neglected or pressurized. I wrote a list because that's what I do. It's actually helped to see this huge, abstract goals along side my regular day-to-day goals.
In a mere half a day, I feel the motivation mounting as I cross of tedious to-do's. I ordered an external hard drive (to back up my computer), contacted our lawyer about a will, started in on the many emails I'm due to send.
Some tasks are much bigger. Scanning a lifetime of old photos probably won't get done this month, but seeing it written down makes it a bit more obtainable.
So far my list reads ::
Final Project for Class
Finish spring totes
Photograph/List spring totes
Apply to festivals
Build raised beds
Get dirt for yard
Portage Park blog post
Urban Folk finances
Order 2010 photo book
Take posters to Old Town
I've definitely got a long way to go and the list keeps growing, but making these tasks tangible is the start of the battle.
What is on your mental to-do list this season?