by Susan Caplan McCarthy
Remember your excitement for the start of the school year and your hope for getting better grades, making new friends, claiming a spot on the team, or starting a new extracurricular activity? Even if you’ve been out of school for more years than you attended, you can use the energy of the change of season, routines, and schedules, to work toward a goal.
If you set resolutions or goals in January and they’ve fallen to the wayside, maybe the randomness of starting in the fall will kickstart some new habits. Or, you can think of starting in September as getting a jump start on all those January 1st resolution-setters. Make September your new January.
Setting Goals for the Fall
Start off making a list of the things you said you wanted to get done this year (along with all the other goals you’ve thought of during the past several months).
Pick one thing to devote your time, energy, and attention to. This can be a goal that you can complete in the next four months or it can be a significant start to a goal that will take longer to complete.
I know. You want to work toward more than one goal. But, first, list all the tasks involved in reaching your most important goal and estimate the time it will take for each of those tasks. Add up the total time and then add thirty percent to account for low estimations. Do you really have the time to work on two or more goals right now? Get started with one goal and once you get into a routine, then decide if you can add on another goal.
Click on the image below to get your free pdf download of this goal tracking chart. This will allow you to create a habit chain for the specific tasks that you need to do to reach your goal. Use the chart to track tasks for a month, print out additional copies for each month.
So, while your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, or the neighborhood kids, are starting the school year, use some of that ‘starting something new’ energy and work toward accomplishing one of your goals.
Want to share your goal in the comment section? Making a goal public is great for accountability!
I help people focus on what's important to them by guiding them through clearing clutter and distractions from their lives. I teach decluttering and organizing skills through articles; books; courses; speaking engagements; as well as virtual coaching sessions.