Spring is here! And for some of us, that means spring-cleaning will be added as an item on our to-do lists. Spring-cleaning is, after all, one of the rites of the season.
My spring-cleaning ritual has always included my office environment. Over the years, I have carved out time to organize, de-clutter and refresh my space. By doing so, I created a space with a “fresh start” so to speak.
After each spring-cleaning initiative, I felt energized and renewed. It turns out that my external surrounding was more important than I realized. It was linked to the way in which I sustained my leadership vitality . When my space was clean, I experienced reduced stress and enhanced productivity.
These spring-cleaning habits date back to my days as a young professional. I started my career with IBM where a clean desk policy was enforced. Each night, before leaving the office, I organized my space. Some nights it was my turn to be “on duty” as the clean desk administrator, writing up those who failed to maintain standards. Thus, I learned early on the habits of and reasons for maintaining a clean office environment.
Maintaining a daily and weekly ritual helped reduce clutter with papers and my inbox. By itself, it wasn’t sufficient for keeping me on top of things.
The spring-clean gave me the opportunity to create a space that was lean and clean for the year ahead. I eliminated what no longer mattered, was outdated and would be better served elsewhere.
Here are five tips worth sharing for spring-cleaning to create a physical environment that is organized, de-cluttered and refreshed.
Is it time for your office spring clean? And what about your daily and weekly rituals? Do they need to become habits for helping you reduce stress and enhance productivity?