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September is upon us!
Vacations are ending, kids are back in school, and the nights are slowly but surely getting cooler.
September has always been one of my favorite months. Partly because it is my birthday month, but also because September symbolizes the beginning of fall.
I was one of those kids who got pretty excited for school to start (school supplies are the best!) and even now that I’m no longer in school, I look forward to the new things that fall brings, new schedules, new routines.
In fact, I’ve often seen September as a “new year” type of month.
Many activities, for kids and adults, begin in the fall. Bible studies, art classes, choir, etc., all of these generally start in September, which means that every fall you need to make decisions about what activities you are going to participate in and what you will let go of this year.
The fresh crispness of fall motivates me to make new goals, to re-evaluate how I have been doing things and decide if I need to make a change.
Looking back on the past few months I can see a few specific habits that have enabled me to get more done every day and keep my life in a fairly good balance.
This month I would like to share with you all some of these habits that I have learned work really well for me and also talk about setting goals and how this helps me accomplish more.
Through all of this, I will also focus a lot on planning, because I don’t believe that goals are accomplished by accident, they take a well-thought out plan (and a lot of prayer!) to be successful.
Still not convinced that fall is a good time for goal-setting and planning? Here are a few of my strongest reasons to set goals this fall:
1. Your schedule is a blank slate
For those of you with kids or a job that is connected with school, September is the beginning of an entirely new schedule. It’s the beginning of the year, and you can make it whatever kind of school year you want.
Want to read more? Get an audio book from the library and listen to it on the way to school or bring a book to read during your lunch break. Take time to brainstorm ways to accomplish your goals now, it will make it easier for you to set new habits as school begins.
Not a teacher or student? As I mentioned above, September is still the time of year that many activities begin. Been dreaming about taking that knitting class? Look into your local craft or yarn stores, see if they offer a class that you can attend after work or on the weekends. Wanting to visit a faraway friend? Look at the next few months and see if you can schedule some vacation time or visit over a long weekend. Put it on the calendar now and it’s more likely to happen!
2. January is far away…
I know that January seems so perfect for setting resolutions, but it should not be the only time of year that you think about setting goals or doing some serious planning. It only happens once a year, and let’s be real, lots of things change during that year!
Maybe you had a baby, moved to a new state, or started a new job; there are tons of ways that your schedule can completely change. I began the this blog back at the end of April, and let me tell you, my schedule has had to adjust to it! I’m thankful for this time of year when I can take a step back and assess what I want this fall to look like and plan accordingly.
Has your life changed since January? What kinds of plans could you make to improve the flow of your schedule this fall?
3. …But not so far away that you can’t reset!
So, this may not sound super encouraging, but sometimes our plans just don’t work out. Maybe getting up at 5am to write two hours before going to work isn’t happening, or maybe driving to that art class just isn’t worth it.
Fall is only one season, and if you are a big January new resolution kind of person, you can always change your plans and schedule then. Sometimes I find you need to try out something for awhile to see if it works for you, and if not, try something else!
One important thing to keep in mind as you re-evaluate your goals is whether or not the problem is in your goal (is it realistic? Is it attainable?) or just the way you go about it (planning to exercise after 8pm may not be easy to stick to).
As September rolls around, start making a short list of goals that you would like to work on this fall. They don’t have to be big, anything from reading a book to running a 5k works. Over the next few weeks we will be taking a look at morning and evening routines and how to plan your days effectively so that you are equipped and ready to achieve your goals.
Have you ever used fall as a time to rethink your schedule and goals? What are some goals that you would like to set this season?