A Burst of Spring Cleaning

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
– Mark Twain

Spring is here, and with it comes the annual ritual of spring cleaning. I don’t know how many people go through this rite the way our grandmothers did, but the concept resonates: Think fresh air, daffodils, and a fresh start after the winter.

Although I have absolutely no interest in literal spring cleaning, I do embrace the idea of metaphorically spring cleaning in the workplace. It’s time to pitch out the unused, unwanted, and unneeded to free up space, both actual and mental.

If you’ve delayed making changes in systems or processes, spring cleaning gives you the excuse to toss out the old and introduce newer, more efficient ways of doing business. If you’ve been procrastinating or avoiding something, either do it or get rid it. If there is something you’ve wanted to try but haven’t, now is the time to do so.

(And, of course, you can clean out the clutter in and around your office. It can be a very disagreeable job, but I know you’re up for the challenge!)

Don’t make professional spring cleaning a big production; I know you have tons of other things on your endless to do list. But if you pick a few things and take some easy actions, you’ll feel that you accomplished something. And, as a bonus, you may receive a welcome burst of energy.

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