It’s that time again – the much anticipated semi-annual changing of the clocks. Tonight we spring forward. While we technically lose an hour this weekend, the longer days and springtime weather that accompany this change seem to more than make up for it. In fact, it always surprises me the number of people who complain about this lost hour – as if all of the other hours of their weekend are proudly accounted for. (If they are, good for you! Show up an hour late for work on Monday, tell the boss you forgot and stop complaining). But really, think about all of the different ways we waste an hour, if not daily, then certainly weekly. We surf the internet, dabble in social media and watch mindless television. We make plans with people we’d rather not spend time with and commit to things we aren’t whole heartedly interested in. Not surprisingly, we waste a considerable amount of time dreading the list of things that need to get done. Or worse, we spend time dreaming up reasons why we don’t really need to do the list of said things. The point is, wasting an hour is pretty easy – and in this case, while we are giving up an hour, I would argue we are still getting the better part of the deal.
With the longer days and warmer temperatures, we are all given a bit of a re-birth. Flowers start blooming, baby birds begin chirping, farmers markets start filling up with delicious seasonal fruits and veggies that are at their peak in the spring and summer. There is suddenly more daylight to fit in a run after work or a post-dinner stroll. Spring presents the perfect opportunity to get things right. It’s a time to clean house so to speak.
Take a little time this weekend (if you can spare it!) to assess what is working in your life and what could use a little tune-up. Spring is an excuse to clean out your closet, get rid of the clutter in your house that consciously or not is bringing you down. Stop saying “yes” to every invitation. Be more careful with your time; it is our most precious resource. Spend it wisely.
Now is the perfect opportunity to take inventory and trim the fat. Get rid of the people, things and commitments in your life that are bringing you down or holding you back. Think of it as a spring cleaning of sorts for your body, mind and spirit. By ridding yourself of these burdens, you are freeing yourself up for more value in your life. Stop wasting your precious time. You are and remain a work in progress. Always getting better.