For many people, the transition between Summer and Fall marks a significant shift in their schedule.
If you aren’t careful, you’ll wake up one morning and find yourself wrapping Christmas presents, wondering where the last quarter of the year went. But a few simple strategies can help you create some momentum and make progress on your goals and projects before the end of the year.
First, tie up all the loose ends from the summer. Unpack from vacation, close the books on any special events you did, change out your wardrobe. Whatever that looks like for you.
Second, set aside a few hours to decide what you want to accomplish in the rest of the year. Check back in on those goals you set at the beginning of the year, but don’t be too proud to adjust them based on how the year has gone.
And third … this is the most important … block out your time and create a new schedule. And then for at least two weeks, violently protect the schedule.
While you are sticking to the schedule, keep a list of things that you wanted to do, but didn’t.
Then, at the end of the week, look at the list of things you DIDN’T do.
Should you adjust your schedule to allow time for them? This method helps you balance your schedule between the things you NEED to do and the things you WANT to do and arrive at a middle ground that keeps you productive AND happy.
I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about the changes coming, and not just because I’m a lover of pumpkin spice everything. The change in seasons is a chance to reset … to reconnect with what God has called me to do and who he has called me to serve. Afterall, the seasons may change, but God never changes. His calling hasn’t changed. So let’s huddle around our PSL’s, pull out all the plaid flannels, and bring our best to the new season.
Grab your planner and map out that new schedule. Then stick to it! Snap a picture of it, share it on your social media and tag me @doanewthing so I can come cheer you on.
And I want to give a shout out to Kari Bartkus, host of the Let’s Encourage One Another podcast. Kari had this to say about Just One Simple Thing: I’m big on making sure that what I do is founded on what God shares with us in His Word, so I absolutely love that Christa offers us practical action steps based on His truth.” Thanks, Kari! If you want a shout out on a future episode, be sure to leave a review on Apple podcasts and you just might hear your name called!
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