Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
–F. Scott Fitzgerald
Yes, this quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald feels right. I like seeing the fall season as an opportunity for new beginnings. We tend to see the time immediately after Labor Day as an extended summer vacation. We hang on to relaxation mode for as long as we can. But now as we roll into October, we’ve reached that sweet spot to take on some serious projects.
If spring cleaning is the time to start anew, fall is the time to reinvigorate. A friendly reminder that there’s one more quarter left in the business year. This is the time to reorganize, revamp planning, and revise your business goals if you want to ensure 2019 ends successfully.
Here are a few ideas for fall to help you end the year strong:
- Clean up, organize, de-clutter, establish new systems.
- Evaluate (and possibly revise) your 2019 goals knowing there are only four months left in the year.
- Review what has been working or not working to begin the foundation of your 2020 plans. Think about business and personal planning.
- Reevaluate your daily routine: What could you add, subtract or change?
- Revise your calendar to include new action steps you may have neglected in the past few months.
- Create a social media strategy and add it to your calendar. Book it daily so you don’t forget.
- Did you pick up bad habits over the past months? What can you change now before waiting for the big New Year Resolution moment?
- Take a look at all your successes over the past 8 months: What can you learn from them and repeat? What good habits can be incorporated into your daily routine?
- Learn something new that you may have been putting off.
- What are you reading every day? Maybe read something new.
- Do you have your fall “look” put together? You are your brand, and your brand appearance matters. No, you don’t have to buy a new wardrobe, but a good refresh never hurts.
“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
– Lauren DeStefano
Many years ago, a colleague suggested that I view downtime as an opportunity to create something even better. I have always remembered this valuable lesson.
Happy Fall Refresh!