We never quite lose that back-to-school feeling do we?
Remember as a kid that sense of excitement or anticipation…or even anxiety?
As September arrived we knew the fun-filled days of summer were over. It was back to schedules, homework and extra curricular activities.
But despite wishing the long summer days would last, there was plenty to look forward to.
Reuniting with friends we hadn’t seen all summer.
A new outfit. And backpack.
New school supplies. (Especially a brand new set of coloured pencils!)
Our favourite activity or club began again and the weather was mostly still warm and wonderful.
In some ways it was nice to slip back into routine. Maybe a fresh start to do better?
The summer tends to bring a relaxed atmosphere at the office. Folks are away on holidays, meetings are a bit less frequent and often more casual. Long patio lunches are enjoyed along with short Fridays and lots of long weekends. And if you were lucky enough, maybe you enjoyed some well-needed time away from work.
And then comes September.
It’s back to serious business and routine and a full schedule.
Why not embrace that “back to work” mentality and let it energize you into action?
September marks the end of the third quarter of the year and is a great month to plan and execute a successful year-end!
September is a perfect month to review business plan for the year and see how you are doing. This is especially helpful if you aren’t doing it on a regular basis.
If you are right on track, great. Keep up your plans to make sure all your objectives are met or exceeded!
If you feel like you are falling behind this is the perfect time to set a plan to catch up. You still have several months to ensure you have your best year yet! It’s not too late!
Make that phone call or have that meeting you’ve been putting off.
Get the one thing done you are dreading most. Don’t let it weigh you down. Jump in.
Boldly taking care of something you aren’t really looking forward to will set the tone and energize you to push toward a great year end.
Remember how great it was to see friends after the long summer when you were in school?
Using that same sentiment, get in touch with an old colleague or friend…or both.
It’s easy to let relationships slide and hard work to keep them. But we all know how valuable they are.
September is a great time to reconnect…and you’ve got a great opener! “How was your summer?”
Just like with back to school, start September with a clean slate. Prepare for the busy months ahead.
Clean up your desk. Refreshing your workspace will help clear the way for a great final quarter. There is truth to the idea that physical clutter can also clutter our thinking!
Clean out your email or old files and photos and even your briefcase/backpack.
Check your supplies and buy anything you need. (Maybe those new coloured pencils?)
Bring a little green warmth into the office with a new plant.
Buy something new to wear. Seriously. Nothing like a fresh outfit to dish up a boost of confidence!
It’s common to have the September calendar fill up quickly with everyone in the same mindset of “getting back down business”. Between business, social commitments and re-adjusting to family routines it can quickly become overwhelming.
Try to leave a bit of breathing space in your schedule. It will help you stay on track with your own plan.
Knowing how busy the holiday season can be, do something in September that helps take the pressure off.
Book the company lunch or party. Plan where your friends will have their annual dinner. Buy one (or more) of the gifts you know will be on your shopping list.
We all know that once September arrives, the holidays are not far behind. Make a to-do list and get a jump on it. Every little thing you do now will make a big difference later.
Don’t forget - when September arrives there are officially still a few weeks of summer remaining.
Make a point to continue enjoying the great weather. The long winter will feel that much shorter.
Have a couple of patio lunches while the weather still permits! Make your days off count by being outdoors as much as possible.
It will do wonders for your well being.
Post by Margaret Johnston, eventswork.com
As a career event professional, Margaret brings valuable insight and knowledge to the recruitment, management and development of high-performance teams for the event industry. A strategic and inspiring leader, Margaret has held executive roles for several global event management companies and key roles in the start up and orchestration of many high profile and international events.
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