I remember as a parent being super-excited about September. Just like that Staples ad, I was more than ready for the girls to go back to school and for us to get back into a routine. I didn’t welcome doing the lunches, but hey that was part of the package deal.
And as a business owner I still think of September as a fresh start. It’s a time to introduce new ideas that have been perking over the summer months. It’s also time to drop stuff that did not work as well as we hoped.
We always end in June with our “Stop. Start. Continue.” exercise through which we reflect on the prior season and determine what worked and what didn’t. It’s also good to look at your financials to see what is generating the most revenue and what is a drain on your budget.
After a couple of months of taking it easy and working at a much slower pace (if at all) getting back onto the fast lane, will, I suspect, be challenging. In fact, I have decided to keep to the slow, outside lane, so if I want to get off, I can.
I have become very used to both working and playing within a day, and I am reluctant to give that up. Having more balance in my day has made the work more pleasurable and I have enjoyed staying in touch with friends.
Apparently many people do treat the fall like the new year, and make commitments to themselves, which a month later are long forgotten. That said, I am determined to stick to a more relaxed lifestyle. How long do you give me?
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.