“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
Spring cleaning time may seem very similar to New Year’s Resolution time:
Are you holding onto something at work you do not need to? Are you spending time doing things you really should not be? If so, it may be time to do some spring cleaning. Just like we need to de-clutter at home, we also need to take time to de-clutter at work. Just like having too many things at home to dust, clean, organize and make room for, we can have too many files, emails and projects to deal with at work. There is a fine balance between what we can do well, and what suffers, when we keep on accumulating more and more things and “things to do.
The danger is, the more we add onto our already full plates, the more our spiritual lives may suffer. We are “doing so much doing” we may not be leaving enough time to develop our faith and pursue the passions God has put on our hearts. That is why it is important to take time to do a “spring cleaning” of old things we no longer need, or need to do, so we have energy and time to truly develop our spiritual gifts for His glory and blessing.
What are your thoughts? Does your office look like there is not any more place to put things? Does your brain feel like you are not keeping track of things as well as you should? Is it time to de-clutter and free up time and energy to do what only you can do? What are you meant to do? What you are passionate about doing?
Here are a few things to consider:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for all the opportunities You provide to me, including my work. Please give me the wisdom and strength to know what to do and not do, what to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to. I want to organize my space and thoughts so I am not wasting time tracing back my steps or rethinking what I have already processed. Help me to understand the preciousness of time and the preciousness of what You have gifted me to do. Help me to clear my space, and my thoughts, of anything which does not allow me to continually develop my faith and my walk with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Monday: What would you do if you had more time? Is there a passion you would love to pursue? If so, what is it?
Tuesday: On a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high): how cluttered is your physical office space? This may include:
Wednesday: On a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high), how cluttered up is your mind with all things you need to do, those you have started but have not yet completed?
Thursday: Is there room for improvement in how your physical work space is organized? Sometimes, the physical clutter is a result of too many things to do, too many things not completed, not enough assigned spaces for items, and/or not managing time well. What is your major reason for any clutter you are dealing with?
Friday: Based on your answer for Thursday’s question on the major reason for clutter at work, what is one thing you can start doing this week to declutter or “spring clean” your work office/station? It may be simply spending 10 minutes every day going through papers or files to throw out, file or complete. It may be spending 30 minutes twice a week reading through articles you have wanted to review. It may mean delegating some things which should have already been completed. Write it down and being putting it into practice.
Have a great week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work