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Check-in and Wrap-up

Its been several weeks since the Spring Cleaning series began. At this point, hopefully you have set goals and begun to map out ways to achieve them. Maybe you’ve encountered some barriers and are using the three tips from last weeks post to tackle them. Or maybe this the first post you’re reading, and you have no idea what I’m talking about!

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Don’t end up like this guy!

In any case, I thought I would go back and summarize the Spring Cleaning series into one short post to tie things up.

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From Goals to Action

So you’ve created your goals. These shiny new goals might be written in curly script or on a beautifully organized list, but if we don’t move into action, then the goals won’t help us get anywhere!

Taking action could be scary for you – or it could be exciting! However you are feeling, it’s important to recognize that if you don’t take the first step toward your goal, you won’t be able to start the journey of making change.

Today, let’s think about the barriers that block us from taking action and how we can support ourselves in the journey toward achieving our goals.

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What’s in a Goal?

I’m sure everyone has, at one point in their life, heard of SMART goals. No, these aren’t goals with brains; instead, they are goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-based.

I don’t know about you, but creating goals that satisfy each of those requirements can actually be pretty difficult. It takes a lot of effort to hold all that information in your head – and if you’re like me, when it’s that hard at the beginning I’m more likely to give up before I even get started!

In today’s post, I’ll share with you a tool that I’ve created to help me wrap my head around the process of crafting goals. I’ll also be sharing my personal set of goals for this spring-cleaning season.

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Spring Cleaning: Assessment

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Now that it is officially Spring (!), I thought that I would do a mini-series on the theme of spring cleaning. This isn’t just the act of finally opening the windows and dusting the cobwebs out of the room corners – I’m talking full blown re-haul of life. Every once in a while I like to stop and assess how my life is going and, based on my reflections, choose what things I want to keep, alter, or toss.

You could think about this in terms of actually cleaning the house – like do you reallllllly need that pile of magazines in the corner that you’ve only ever flipped through unenthusiastically? (hint: probably not!). Or you could clean out your closet and get rid of the stuff that you never wear, doesn’t fit, or isn’t your style anymore (hint: donate if its appropriate!!). Or, taking this even further, you could “spring clean” your life by taking a look at the different aspects of wellness and figuring out what routines and habits to keep, which to alter, and which to stop or start.

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Its fairly easy to look at a teeming closet and realize that you need to sort it out, but its a little harder to do that with life. Instead, I used a template that I found recently from the University of North Dakota and it made the process of reflecting on the different domains of my life much easier.

The domains that it assesses are:

  • physical wellness
  • social wellness
  • emotional wellness
  • environmental wellness
  • occupational wellness
  • spiritual wellness
  • intellectual wellness

I found this assessment to be really helpful in breaking down each part of my life and teasing out some of the details. Clearly, it can’t ask about everything, but it can definitely get the juices flowing!

For me, I need the most work on my Emotional and Environmental wellness, followed closely by Social and Spiritual wellness. My next project is to develop a plan for myself along with realistic ways for me to address each of these domains and support myself in these areas.

So, what are you waiting for! Give it a try. What areas are you succeeding in? Which ones are harder for you? No one is perfect, so if you feel like you’re struggling everywhere, choose the domain that is most meaningful to you and work on that first!

Check back on Sunday for some inspiration for improvement in each of the domains!