Spring cleaning is a time-honoured tradition of doing a deep clean of one’s home or a room.
In modern times, it’s also used as a metaphor for a time to reflect on our lives and look for ways to simplify or invigorate our lives. I look at it as a time to review expectations of yourself and others around you over the past year and whether you have been conscientious about saying NO and YES to yourself!
What that means is learning to make time for yourself. Setting time aside for exercise or reading a book or just relaxing, rather than meeting the expectations of others.
I know, it’s not easy with so many demands on our time these days between family, work and other obligations. It’s easy to put yourself and your needs last on the list. But here’s a strategy to consider, a way to prioritize the demands. Learn to say no. That’s right, say no.
No, I cannot take on more work, no I cannot accept that task, no we as a family cannot do more.
Here are three easy steps to learn:
- Open your month
- Say NO, thank you. It doesn’t work for me. Sorry, No
- Close your mouth. DON’T say “I’ll try” or “Maybe”. It is a clear, though polite, NO
And when you say No to something, you are, in reality, also saying yes.
Yes to your health, Yes to your family, Yes to your life, Yes to a different priority.
Enjoy the YES and you have empowered yourself by saying NO.
So yes, spring cleaning and to de-cluttering and learning to say NO and appreciating the YES
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