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source: Matthew Hickey

Get Your Business Ready for Fall

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source: Matthew Hickey

At the beginning of the summer, I had tons of special projects I wanted to get done before fall, but summertime is so busy and full by itself that I didn’t get much of anything done in June or July besides spending time with friends and family — which was just what I needed!

With August approaching and big plans for Life Your Way for the fall, though, it’s time to buckle down and get back on track.

I know many other people who have scaled back their businesses for the summer or taken an official sabbatical to rest and recharge.

Whether you took an intentional sabbatical this summer or it just sort of happened, here are some ideas for getting back into the swing of things as we march steadily toward fall:

Reorganize Your File System

Who wants to work on paperwork and recordkeeping when the sunshine and trips to get ice cream with the family are competing for your attention? But having messy files, piles of paper and disorganized records make it hard to focus on the truly important tasks at hand by distracting you visually and mentally, so start by reorganizing your file system, cleaning up your records and straightening your office!

Like most organizing junkies, I love to label files, boxes, drawers and more. Labels make it easy to find what you need, to know where things belong and to keep an area organized.

Rediscover Your Vision

Once you’ve cleared the clutter, take some time to rediscover your vision for your business. What is your purpose? What hopes and dreams do you have? Where do you see yourself in six months, a year, five years? Sometimes taking time off can clarify our vision for us and make it easier to define what we do and don’t want. Othertimes, it can take some time and effort to rediscover the vision and passion that you had before you lost your momentum. But a business without a visionary becomes stagnant, so it’s worth investing time and energy into rediscovering your vision.

Redefine Your Goals

What specific goals have you set for yourself and your business? Revisit the goals you’ve already set. Do they still seem realistic? Do they align with your  vision?

Then, take some time to revisit and redefine your short- and long-term goals. Make sure you’re setting MICRO goals (manageable, inspirational, concrete, realistic, obtainable goals) rather than vague, lofty goals, and revisit these often to make sure you stay on track.

September has always felt like a second “new year” to me, and I find myself energized and ready to do great things as it approaches. Getting organized and redefining my vision and goals lay the foundation for that to happen!

Did you take a break this summer, intentionally or not? Are you ready to jump back into the swing of things yet?

This post is sponsored by Dymo and Buttoned Up. I received compensation to share my tips with you. But all opinions are 100% mine!