September a time to reflect
There is something unique about September. As the summer draws to a close and the new term begins, September often feels like the start of a new year, offering many possibilities.
Most of us come back rested and refreshed after a summer break and are ready to get back into a routine. There is a sense of enthusiasm, seeking opportunities and being ready to embrace new challenges.
So it makes sense to set aside some time to review, set goals and make a plan. In fact, spending time in early September is the ideal time before the busyness of the end of the year takes over. This will still leave you with plenty of time to achieve your goals. Here are some steps you can take.
Take time to review, plan and set goals
Review your goals – Start by reviewing progress made towards achieving any goals you’ve already set yourself. Consider what has worked well for you; list the skills you have developed, challenges met and any key areas of learning. You can then identify any gaps, note what has got in the way of progress and establish what you would like to achieve.
Re-establish and set new goals – Following a review, you will be aware of any goals which still need completing and identify any new ones. Make sure that you set SMART goals which are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time measurable. This will help you to keep focused and achieve what you set out accomplish.
Get organised – Being organised is the key to success. Map out the rest of the year ahead and plan what you need to do. Use planning tools to help you get organised such as year planners, digital calendars or bullet journal. Remember to list the resources and support you need to keep you on track.
Set effective work patterns – Think through how you can best structure your time to improve productivity. For example, by setting aside time for specific projects and making time for regular breaks.
Invest in your professional development – The start of an academic year brings new opportunities to engage in study or learn a new skill. Identify any areas you would like to develop and invest in yourself. This could be engaging with training, an online course or setting aside regular time to read professional journals.
Look after health, well-being and self-care – It is important to look after yourself, so make sure you include health, well-being and self-care in your review. Think about what you need to be healthy, and plan goals around fitness, well-being and self-care. For example, including time to exercise in your week, booking time for social activities and planning healthy meals.
September provides the ideal time to review, set goals and make a plan. By embracing the renewed energy and enthusiasm which September brings, you will be more organised and have a clear plan for the rest of the year. Why don’t you take some time to reflect and ensure that you end the year where you want to be.
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My name is Diane Benson and I support busy professionals to be more effective, reduce stress and achieve a healthy balance in life. Providing clarity and focus for a more fulfilling personal and professional life.
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