No one looks forward to washing windows or storing the ski gear or the other chores associated with spring-cleaning. But this annual ritual does not have to be a drag, if you approach it in a slightly different way. "You've been cooped up with this cave-like mentality all winter; now it's time to break free and play," says R.D. Chin, a feng shui architect and consultant in New York City. "It's time to follow the cycle of nature, get rid of the clutter, and free up your mind." Here's our idea of what a truly effective spring-cleaning can look like.
Stop wasting time. (Two Low-Tech Tips)
1. Work like you exercise – in intervals. Glucose is the fuel that powers your brain, and after 60 to 90 minutes of hard work, most of our tanks are running low. (That's why you feel so burned out after a long meeting.) Take a break: Get up, go for a walk, have a snack. Then get back to work.
2. Block out task time. You schedule your meetings and lunches. Treat important tasks the same way by slotting time for them on your calendar. "If you set a specific time for a task, you'll stay focused," says Daniel Markovitz, author of A Factory of One, a primer on improving personal performance.
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