Every now and then I’m reminded by my computer to clean the files. On a PC it’s called defragmenting and disc clean up. On the Mac it’s basically the same thing and I use “clean my mac” to make sure my operating system and my files are updated, the trash is taken out, viruses are shown to the door, and any system junk is removed. Whenever my computer starts to move a little slow, I run some of these system checks and balances so that I can continue moving through my work day without interruption.
Here’s the odd thing: it usually takes a few days of frustration and yelling at my computer before I realize that all its doing is asking to be cleaned and sorted. It will be happy to do its job quickly and efficiently, if I’ll do my part in helping to keep it safe and secure and organized. If you use a mouse, you know what I’m talking about because mouse-users tend to take out their frustration on the poor little mouse! They do take a beating at times, right?!
Wouldn’t it be nice if our bodies and spirits had a ‘clean my life’ option? Well, it does, you’re just ignoring it. When we get bogged down and weighed down our vision begins to get a bit blurry. Our voices can start to get a bit snappy and even our blood pressure can slowly begin to rise. If we allow these moments to continue to grow, over time, it will really begin to wear us down and will start to show itself in our hardware – we’ll get tired, we lose sleep, our physical strength can weaken, Awesomeness Stealers creep in, and our immune system starts to break down, allowing viruses to more easily take over.
Just like our computers and other devices need to be cared for and cleaned, so do we. When you find yourself slowing down you need to pause and take some time to clean your mind, body, and spirit of any clutter. System processes should include things like
- Pushing away from work for a bit
- Spending time on fun activities instead of only work
- Spend time with loved ones and people who bring joy to your heart
- Increase exercise and get to the next level of CrossFit or yoga (or 1st level for starters!)
- Eat well
- Drink plenty of water
- Get a facial and/or mani-pedi
- Treat yourself to a massage
- Go on a date with your significant other (even married couples should still be going on dates with one another!)
- Spend some intentional time in prayer and scripture
- Crank the music and dance like no one is watching!!
Don’t forget to do the occasional ‘systems check’ on your body, mind, and spirit. Maintain these habits and you’ll have a long, successful, system working in your favor! It’s October, start now and your body will be well prepared for a busy and fun holiday season.