Did anyone else do a countdown this year?!?! Just me?!?!
No, I’m not crazy – I realize January 2020 is still four solid months out. But I’m not waiting 4 months to hit some goals and finish 2019 strong. And neither should any other parents out there.
The day after Labor Day is the first day of school up here in Minnesota. And for the first time ever, both of my kids are heading to school – all day long. (Kindergarten and First Grade.) And while I’ll miss them and worry about them, I’m acknowledging the opportunity the first day of school is for me in the next chapter of my life.
I’ve been talking to my friends about this new chapter of having time to work more than 4 hours a day. Without having to drop my kids off for the allotted 2.5 hours Lifetime Fitness gives me per day so I can get a workout in and make some phone calls. Not having to ask my kids to be quiet in the car as I take a call. (And I don’t care if you judge me for giving the kids a little tv time for various coaching calls I took.)
I retired from insurance 5 years ago after building a business that brought in $50 million of premiums to be at home with my kids. It was extremely hard for me, but it was a great time on so many levels to change things up. I’ll never regret it. And I realized that if I ever wanted to bounce back in and play in the business world again, I had to keep my skills and network sharp. I stayed active and kept building my network and did more research on personal and business development than I had ever done before. I started my own consulting business last November. However, I’ve done it in really part-time hours.
So now I get to work an entire 8 hours while my kids are at school! Doing a job that I love and that’s so rewarding on so many levels. And when they get home, mom doesn’t have to be on “another call.” Many other mothers are like me and can’t wait to have a forced schedule to keep them focused. Run errands without the children there. (I know, it sounds luxurious and exotic and I’ll let everyone know the feeling of freedom when it happens.)
But if you don’t think I’m creating a schedule and running for my end of year goal as soon as I wake up in the morning, you’d be wrong. There might be a few lunch dates with friends. (My husband is convinced I’ll be napping every day and he may not be completely wrong, but really, everyone should nap. That’s another topic for another day…)
And I think if you don’t create some sort of goal when school starts, you’re missing a big opportunity as a parent. Working inside the home or not.
Here’s why treating the start of school makes sense for having “New Year’s” goals:
- It’s a clean start for everyone and by thinking about it as such, you’ll plan and focus more on the things that matter. I spent some time this past weekend getting clear on the finish of 2019. Personally and professionally. It doesn’t matter what has happened or not happened so far this year – all I care about is showing up and being intentional with the things that will move the needle for me and my family until December 31st.
- It’s about 4 months until the end of the year, and having shorter time periods to focus on a goal makes it more urgent..and more likely to happen. Instead of viewing Dec 31st as another “Fat Tuesday”, it becomes the end date you want to achieve your goals by. And let’s face it, those New Year’s resolutions were dropped long ago. What could you achieve by December 31st?
What type of schedule do you need to create today to make this new season a success? Do you even have a definition of success for it? What type of values will you live by?
I’ve broken my schedule down based on what needs to happen this week and next before a big event I’ve been planning takes place. I’ve sectioned off segments of time to do certain income-producing activities around times when I’m most energetic. I realize that I can’t do it all, but if I’m deliberate about my goals and schedule and focus on the important stuff, it will all fall into place.
After the We Wanna Win mastermind is complete on Sept 13th, I’m moving on to the last quarter of my business. 13 weeks until Christmas season gets crazy and I take a few weeks off. Does this part make sense? I’ve chosen to split the remaining time in the year by what I’ll be concentrating on. There’s so much planning and preparation for my mastermind that it’s consuming all of my time, outside of personal coaching calls with my individual clients.
And I’ve done the same in other areas. We are starting a major kitchen and 1st floor remodel in Oct, and that will take 6-8 weeks. I office out of the home and won’t be able to work when the remodelers are knocking down walls and installing floors, cabinets, and counter tops. I have goals for my health, relationships, and if you can’t tell – the type of mom I want to be.
How will you break down the rest of your year? What are you most excited about? I would love to hear about it.
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