With one of the most gloomy Winters to date and April showers bringing even more May showers, the seasonal transition from cold to “warm” in Toronto hasn’t quite felt like a fresh start. Despite the absence of sunshine and warm weather, it’s time to for some Spring cleaning. Forget about scrubbing your apartment from floor to ceiling for a second and let’s talk priorities.
Sometimes in life we need to create more space; not for the new, but to re-focus on what matters to us the most. I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been in a creative limbo and have lost focus on what’s important to me. Here are 5 things I’m doing right now to create more physical and head space.
1 • f u c k y e s o r n o
Pardon my french, but the philosophy of fuck yes or no has helped me immensely over the years. I gotta give credit to one of my favourite writers Mark Manson for this idea. It’s pretty self explanatory: if you’re not totally “fuck yes!” about something, then it’s a no.
I used to say yes to everything as a way to combat my introverted ways. But truthfully, saying yes all the time isn’t always a good thing. You get to decide how you spend your time, and if you’re not excited about it then why do it? Not every coffee date is worth attending, nor every e-mail worth responding to.
2 • s e l l , d o n a t e , t o s s
Is there a reason why I’m holding onto my metro card from my Montreal trip back in March, or those shorts that I hope I’ll fit into again one day? Nope, byeeeeee. I used to be super sentimental and would save concert tickets, birthday cards, and just random crap.
If the item fits the following criteria, I no longer have the space for it:
- haven’t worn/used the item since last season, or have no future use for it
- wouldn’t purchase it if I were shopping at this very moment
- it’s beyond repair or doesn’t fit
3 • c l e a n & g r e e n s p a c e
A clear space = a clear mind. When my environment is a mess, I’m always more concerned about the fact that I had to clean up the mess rather than the work that needs to be done.
Keeping my desk clear helps me focus more on the task at hand, and the addition of green jut brightens up the mood which is definitely MUCH needed in Toronto right now.
4 • i n b o x z e r o
Having a full inbox just makes me feel very overwhelmed and makes my to-do list seem so. much. longer. Even when I wasn’t a freelancer, I was still haunted by an overflowing inbox of unread newsletters and the latest sales going on Urban Outfitters when I knew full well I wasn’t going to read those articles and my bank account was just like…nah.
Hitting inbox zero almost daily means everything important has been dealt or is scheduled, and all the other crap isn’t just sitting there.
- R E P L Y : Respond to everything that needs immediate attention
- S O R T : Responses that need a little more preparation go into a “Follow Up” folder, to be tackled when the time comes
- D E L E T E : delete any spam, irrelevant mailing lists, and communications or just unsubscribe altogether, which brings me to my next point…
5 • u n s u b s c r i b e & u n f o l l o w
It’s a given that spending less time on our devices is better for us, so why not make the time we DO spend online more meaningful? If the content that you’re looking at daily is no longer relevant to your values or interests, you have no obligation to stay subscribed no matter who the content creator is. It’s nothing personal, and I don’t know why I used to get so wound up about it.
What are you doing this Spring to create more space?