It’s that time of year again. Spring means renewal. Renewal means that out with the old and in with the new. I am all about spring cleaning your schedule. If you can spring clean your house and car, you can spring clean your schedule. Here are my 5 steps to spring cleaning your schedule.
Assess Where You Are
Assess where you are. Do it now. If something isn’t working, drop it now. Never feel like you have to wait until the halfway mark in the year to drop something.
Identify Your Top 3 Things That Are Important
Declutter your brain by whittling down your to-do list to your top 3 things. Once you have only three things to focus on it organizes your schedule. Organization increases your productivity.
Prioritize These 3 Things
Now it’s time to prioritize these three things by ranking which one is the most important. You can use the Eisenhower Matrix where you rank urgent vs important. Ranking these three things lets you shift your time and energy to your top priority. You’re now all over the place and focus on one thing at a time.
Create a Timeline
Dreams without deadlines are just wishes. Now it is time to draft the timeline for each thing. I would recommend creating a buffer. If you don’t have any leeway or space in between the three goals, there will be problems. What if the most urgent goal runs over its allotted time? You would either cut corners on the first goal or drop the second goal. A buffer adds flexibility.
Implement the Plan
Spring cleaning means action. The first four steps are worthless without it. Implementing your plan and cleaning up your schedule, liberates your time. You can use this time to do other things. Time is your most valuable commodity. Once it’s spent, it is gone.
Assessing where you are, identifying your top three things, prioritizing them, creating a timeline and implementing your plan are my five steps towards spring cleaning your schedule.
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