By Anastasia Warren
As the summer months come to a close (how did that happen so fast?), we find ourselves looking to the fall season – ready to take on new challenges, goals and projects.
Fall isn’t a new year, but it is a chance to re-motivate yourself and get back on track.
Here are 5 ways to prep for the new season in the workplace and in life:
1. Set aside some time
Give yourself a few hours to reflect on the changing season and the new opportunity. What do you want to accomplish? What would you have done differently? Don’t just think about it, but physically (or electronically) write it down. Schedule your time around it, set yourself up for a successful new beginning.
2. Review your goals, and if needed, set new ones
Most of us have goals, or at least things we would like to improve upon. Go back to your New Year’s Resolutions or whatever else you’ve set in your mind – have you followed them? Decide if those are still the right goals for you. If they are, make sure you’re taking the steps to making them a reality, if they aren’t, define new ones and then do the same.
3. Cut things out
Once you’ve figured out what it is that you truly want to accomplish, look at what you have actually been doing with your time. Hours of television? Days of unhealthy eating? Cut out whatever it is that is holding you back. Maybe it’s an organization or commitment, maybe it’s a bad habit – whatever it is, cut it out or at least cut it back to open up your time for what’s important.
4. Make a list
Make a list of fun things for yourself that you’d like to do. It could be a list of books you want to read, movies you want to see, places you want to go or restaurants you want to try. Make a vow to yourself to at least try to do some of these things within the next few months. What’s life if you’re not living?
5. Incorporate gratitude
While you’re planning, making lists, re-evaluating goals – remember to add in a significant amount of time to remember just how great it all is. Be grateful for the experiences this past half year and appreciative of what is coming. Decide to incorporate gratitude into your everyday life this season.
Although the first official day of fall doesn’t come until September, it is never too early to plan and prepare. But for now, grab a hat and some sunblock, go outside and enjoy the nice weather.