Episode 120: Make the Most of Your Fourth Quarter with Two Important Questions
Y’all know I’m a big advocate for doing quarterly planning for your ministry, business, or even just for life in general. But planning for the fourth quarter of the year has some extra things you need to think about. Join me for this super short episode to learn the two questions you need to be asking at the end of the year.
It happens every year. October gets here and we are surprised that it is already the last quarter of the year.
Last weekend, I met with some members of The Honor Circle for our quarterly planning time. They have been working their plans all year and seeing the benefits that come from consistently working on the most important things.
Our planning took on a little different vibe this time as we looked towards the end of the year. I asked the ladies a couple of important questions as they framed up their plans for the last quarter. And I thought they might help you as well, so let’s dive into them.
1. What can you do to finish the year well?
And finishing well does not necessarily mean killing yourself to catch up on work you haven’t been able to do all year. “Finishing well” might mean taking the first few steps because making some progress is better than making none. Finishing well also means you need to take into account all of the things you have on your plate this season.
2. What can you do to set yourself up for success next year?
Start by looking back at the fourth quarter last year. How did it go? Were there lessons you can learn from the way things went? If you can name the things that derailed you then, you keep them from happening again.
Another way to set yourself up for success is to think ahead about what you want next year to look like. Themes you want to cover in your content, programs you want to start, products you want to develop. You’ll be miles ahead next year if you start being intentional about those things now.
That’s it! Two simple questions. What can you do to finish the year well? And what can you do to set yourself up for success next year? I told you it would be super short this time!
Grab a sheet of paper or your journal and write the answers to those two questions. I’d love for you to share what finishing well will look like for you. Shoot me a DM on FB or IG @doanewthing and let me know!
Thanks for being here with me for this quick little episode. If you are listening to this in real time at the beginning of October, hop over to my free Facebook group, Plan & Pray with Do A New Thing. I have a lot of exciting things planned for the end of year. The Looking Back to Move Forward challenge, Build A Better Year annual goal planning workshop, the Do Your Thing Retreat … hang out in the Facebook group to get all the info!
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