Winter Growth: Rethinking Organizing for Less Stress

Now is a great time to make the most of the slower season and start thinking about putting a little bit of energy back into a task or goal that you want to start, accomplish or brush up on. If you start now, it will be in full bloom by springtime.

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Guest blogger: Rashelle Isip

March is finally here, and we have less than a week until spring arrives. Sure, the days are still short and the weather may be cold, snowy or rainy, depending on where you live, but it’s the perfect time to put the winter blahs aside and heat things up now with some winter growth.


Winter growth? Traditionally winter is not thought of as a time for growth but as a time of rest and dormancy. Yet, just think of all the great things that come out of a long winter’s rest: seeds begin to sprout and grow, animals come out of hibernation (including humans!) and the busy spring season begins.

Now is a great time to make the most of the slower season and start thinking about putting a little bit of energy back into a task or goal that you want to start, accomplish or brush up on. If you start now, it will be in full bloom by springtime. And you’ll have one less thing to be stressed about when springtime arrives.

Consider the following ideas, or brainstorm your own:

Did you make any resolutions for 2010? How are they coming along? Consider doing an honest assessment or checkup. What were your goals? Where are you now? Don’t worry if you fell off track. Getting back on track is just as important as setting the resolution. You’ve made the commitment and are following through on your word to keep at it.

Interested in starting a new exercise routine? Start reading about different exercises online and in books and magazines, and plan for more outdoors activities in the springtime. Would you like to take a weekend hike, play outside with your children more or participate in a new sport? Getting your thoughts together now will energize you and get you excited about the arrival of warmer weather.

Springtime brings nonstop celebrations and events: holidays, graduations, reunions, weddings, Mother's Day and Father's Day. May and June will be here before you know it. Collect invitations and notices and start entering important dates on your calendar. Consider making necessary travel arrangements now, and purchase cards and gifts that you might need.

What's one thing that you would like to be less stressed about this springtime? What can you start to "grow" right now?

Read Rashelle's previous posts and learn more about her:

Are Organizing and Exercise Really That Different?

What’s Your Organization Motivation?

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