Forget New Year’s resolutions, fall is the perfect time to create a fresh start, especially if you’re a mom with kids who are heading back to school.
Maybe it’s because I’ve always been something of a nerd, but there’s nothing as invigorating to me as the promise of fall. I think it has something to do with the way the air changes, that cool crispness settling in after the lethargy of the hot and muggy summer months, seeing the stores stock up with pens and paper and planners, a sign that a fresh start is in store.
Even if you’re not a fan of the infamous pumpkin spice wave that you know is coming (brace yourselves!), now is this time to start thinking about some ways you can start planning your own fresh start this fall.
Consider your goals
What is it that you’ve been waiting to start? What have you been putting off for “someday” that you can actually make happen today? Do you want to write that book? Start meal planning? Knit a blanket? Get your photos organized? Brainstorm a new business? Now is the time to dream big!
Write it down
After all that dreaming, comes committing. Studies show that the simple act of writing your goals down helps you succeed at achieving them much more than if you simply tell yourself “yup, I’m definitely running that marathon this year!” or boldly announce to your husband that you’re really, really serious this time, you will totally go to the gym for real this time.
Get yourself a pen and paper, buy a pretty journal that makes you feel inspired just looking at it, compose a stellar Facebook post with your goals, or type yourself a document on your computer, but whatever you do, write it down.
Make a realistic plan
The next step to your fresh start is to take concrete goals to planning out how you’re going to make your dreams come true. You can’t simply say “Oh, I’m going to run every day” and expect to make it to the marathon, sorry.
Instead, you have to make concrete, specific steps for a plan to reach your goals. Don’t choose a goal that is so unrealistic it won’t ever happen, or you’ll set yourself up to fail and be as specific as possible when planning the steps. If you want to write a book, make a writing schedule: what days will you write? How many words will you write on those days? Where will you go? What will you do with the kids?
You can use an online organizer, like Trello, which is free, or simply write out your weekly and daily calendar. Keep it simple to make it acheivable!
Hire a coach
I think many people think life coaches or business coaches or self-help coaches are a whole bunch of mumbo-jumbo (myself included, ahem). But I once heard a coach point out that no serious athlete would ever dream of trying to train without a coach, so why should our own lives, arguably much more important than any sport, be any different?
And I have to say, that made a lot of sense.
There are so many options for coaching, both online and in person, and if you’ve ever considered hiring a coach, I would say I highly recommend it, even if it’s short-term as you set your goals for your own fresh start and make a plan to follow through. Sometimes it takes an expert who has an “eagle eye” view of your life to help you see what was right in front of you the whole time. Do a search online for a local coach or hire a coach you can meet with virtually.
Whatever your goal is, immerself yourself in the environment of that goal. If you’re wanting to take up running, get your hands in every running activity and environment you can. If you’re wanting to write a book, join a group, subscribe to a writing journal, follow blogs about writing, or listen to podcasts about it.
Whether it’s knitting or art or cooking, put yourself in the thick of it to make your dreams a reality. There is something about just being in the environment of what you love that transforms you into taking more action into reaching your goals.
Believe it or not, creating margin is a super fancy term used in the business world as a strategy to help you be more productive, make more money, and be an all-around better master achiever.
So what does it actually mean? Believe it or not, creating margin literally means building downtime into your schedule. Not only is it fun, downtime is actually a strategy to achieve your goals. Having that time to relax and recharge will make you more productive than if you simply trying to plow through your entire day. So take that afternoon break, crack open a book, fix yourself a cup of tea or coffee, or simply stare out into nature, but do so with intention, knowing that it’s an important part of life and making your dreams come true.
And if you know you’re going to have a hard time making space for margin in your life, do yourself a favor and make it happen. Schedule it in your planner or use the Cozy Reader Club box to make margin come to you.
What goals do you have for this fall?