Spring has almost sprung, but it isn’t just about flowers and changes in weather.
— TIME (@TIME) March 19, 2018
So, with the first day of the new season arriving on March 20, it’s the perfect time to apply your spring cleaning mentality to both your mind and career. Here are some ways to shake off the winter blues and enter spring with a new sense of passion.
Get your workspace in order
Is your work desk or home office wildly cluttered?
Do folders and notebooks crowd the space, and wires run rampant under your desk? If so, carving out the time and energy to straighten all of this out is crucial. After all, clutter can really chip away at your focus.
The same also applies to your computer, so you should take the time to organize your desktop or laptop. You might just feel lighter the next time you use it for something.
Take up mindfulness
This practice can be a big help, no matter what season it is. It helps you regroup, whether it’s in the middle of the workday, or at the end of a long week.
If you find that your mind is racing, remember that mindfulness meditation may be able to help with an anxious mind and “mental stress.”
Need some inspiration? Consider giving these methods a try.
Try something new
The start of a new season seems like a natural time to take up an additional hobby or work on a new skill.
D0 you ever feel like the warmer it gets, the more adventurous you feel? That could just be me, but if you’ve been toying with the idea of launching a side project or a side hustle, this could be a prime moment to harness that momentum.
Even something as simple as making exercise more of a priority by going to the gym more regularly, or signing up for a personal trainer can do wonders for your health and mental clarity.
Get back in touch with your network
Don’t forget about your network!
It’s easy to crawl back into your professional shell and only send emails their way around the new year.
Instead, sign up for that convention. Go to that alumni happy hour. Reach out to former coworkers on LinkedIn before you actually need them for something, like acting as a reference during your next job search.
Taking the time to regularly check in with your network will make it that much easier when you actually need help because the doors of communication will already be wide open.
So, if you have a mentor, schedule a time for a lunch or a call to talk about what’s been going on in both of your careers. They should be open to answering any questions or concerns you’ve been having — like plotting your next move or finding that waning career spark again.