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Spring Reboot

How to Reset Your Life this Spring

“Have you rebooted the device?” is often the first response we get from IT experts when we encounter technical issues with our many computerised devices. And very often, rebooting does resolve the issue.

This is because rebooting a computer closes all programs, clears out all processes and restarts the operating system afresh. All programs and processes are also restarted anew – without any of the issues or problems that may have developed since the last boot up.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could also reboot our lives? To close all the files that are keeping us from operating at full capacity; to clear out processes – like habits and thought patterns – that inhibit our success; and to start afresh on a clean slate, with all that is not working restored?

Fortunately, it is possible to reboot your life – and there is no better time to do it than now in the Spring. A fresh start requires disconnecting; redefining your values and goals; and implementing change – whether small positive daily changes or a major life shift.

3 Ways to Reboot your Life this Spring

  1. Disconnect

Just like you need to switch a computer off entirely to reboot, you also need to disconnect entirely from your daily routine, habits and surroundings to reboot.

A weekend retreat or a few days away in nature without electronic devices will certainly work well. Even a day in a new place – removed from your daily routine and responsibilities – will help. If you can only spare an afternoon, take time away from your everyday life and do something you never do – take a long nap, go for a makeover or a massage, enjoy an art or cooking class, or go ice skating or dancing.

Disconnecting from your daily routine, surroundings and responsibilities will give you a fresh perspective and a boost of energy.

  1. Clarify Personal Values and Goals

While you are disconnected from the demands and distractions of daily life, ask yourself some questions to help you redefine your personal values and dreams.

  • What are you excited and enthusiastic about?
  • What kind of community and world would you like to live in?
  • How exactly do you define “success”? What prevents you from being successful?

Clarifying what is really important to you as a unique individual, undistracted by outside demands and expectations, will allow you to restart with a fresh approach to a clear list of priorities.

  1. Make A Change

Clarity about what is important to you and what your most cherished dreams and goals are, will likely highlight areas where change is required to achieve what you really want in your life.

In some cases this might mean a major life shift, but most goals can be achieved by simply taking a first step – even if only symbolic – and by making small but consistent positive daily changes in your daily routine.

For example, like deleting or reorganising files on your computer, decluttering clears away what does not contribute to your priorities and your fresh approach. You may also want to upgrade old habits and routines to align better with your dreams, and install new applications that empower you to do more and be more – for example, by learning new skills or obtaining a qualification.

This Spring, take some time to reboot your life – to disconnect; to redefine your values and goals; and to implement changes – giving yourself a fresh start on your journey to the life you dream of.