For most of us, Labor Day weekend is a sign that summer has come to a close. The kids go back to school, and slowly but surely, the number of daylight hours begins to shrink as we head into the heart of Fall.
Now, initially this may sound like a bit of a downer, but let’s look at this through a different lens. The summer is full of activities, outdoor adventures, camping trips, and any manner of activities that are fun, but can add an element of chaos that exists outside of your regular routine. For some, this can culminate with a sense of feeling “out of control” or like they adrift as the summer months come to a close.
If we are at all strategic in our thinking, this is a great time of year to reassess where you are, where you want to be, and how you are going to get there. Managing your goals periodically is a great way to make sure you are not getting too distracted or veering too far off course. We recently had a Facebook live conversation on this topic (here), feel free to check it out to get some tips on how to effectively set new goals.
Just as important as setting goals, is the ability to set up a consistent, and repeatable weekly routine/schedule. Whether it is scheduling the days and times you want to be in the gym, or if it is the act of setting up a weekly menu for yourself, taking the time to set up a routine THAT YOU WILL FOLLOW, is extremely important.
When setting up a good routine, it helps to look for opportunities to “lean out” your daily schedule. This will ensure you have time for the things that are most important to you. Simply put, if you try to do everything, you won’t get anything done. Often times we get too wrapped up in the details and minutiae that aren’t truly important, and use those details as reasons (or excuses) not to accomplish the things we really want and need to get done.
So, as an example, lets say your kids have soccer practice 2x a week? Look to take advantage of that carpool situation, if possible. This will free up 2-3 hours of your time once a week to do other things. Worried about little Johnny out there on the field all by himself? Believe me, they don’t need you on the sidelines at EVERY practice to know that you care about them, or for motivation to keep working hard and having fun. He’ll be just fine….
Bottom line, we are all creatures of habit, so…let’s make sure they are good habits. Reassess your gals, set up as lean a schedule as possible and ENJOY your life!