The buzz is definitely in the air.
Everyone’s all a flutter with new goals, big plans and renewed energy.
The same excitement that swirls around in January.
That’s why, for Mama CEOs, September is the New January.
After a great summer with my kids, I am ready to get everyone back to school and get my business back on track. (I still have 5 more days and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t limping to the finish line this summer….)
I don’t think I am the only one who is ready for a fresh start.
September does feel like a brand new year. While my kids get excited for their brand new pencils and get to know new teachers, I’m ready to get back to business, to set new goals and recommit to old ones. I’m ready to put new systems into place to streamline my operations and implement new strategies to grow my business.
Who’s with me?
If you are ready for your own New Year’s Celebration. Here are 6 tips to get you started.
1. Review your big goals:
You know those goals you set back in January? Ask yourself if they still apply or if you need to redefine them. Make sure your business is on the track you want it to be on.
At this point in the year, I LOVE to set new 90 day goals, as well. September- November is a great time to really focus on some key projects in your business. Also, don’t wait until Dec or Jan to set those 2016 goals. Start jotting down some ideas about how your 2015 is going and what you want to see differing (or the same) in 2016. Maybe you want to launch a new product in 2016 or take more time off or set a travel goal. Now is a great time to get some ideas about where you are heading in the next 12 months.
2. Do a brain dump:
This is my number one go to method for getting into action. My brain rarely turns off, which means it can get a little crowded in there. If you are the same, grab a stack of post-it notes and get all of your Fall ideas out of your head and onto a big wall. From there it is much easier to organize your thoughts and plans.
3. Adjust and plan your work and home schedule:
For Mama CEOs with school age kids, the new school year often means new schedules. Take the time right now to get all those holidays, back to school nights, and classroom volunteer schedules onto your calendar. You don’t want to wake up the morning of your big business launch and realize you have to bring in cupcakes to your kids classroom.
And whether you have kids in school or not, this is a great time to redefine your own work schedule. When do you start work each day? And more importantly, when do you stop? What days do you see clients, what days do you write your blog posts and what days do you meet a friend for a hike. What does your ideal day look like and how can you build more of those ideals into your every day? Now is the chance to do that!
4. Take a beat before committing to any new projects or events:
This is the time of year where a lot of volunteer projects and social obligations will pop up as everyone gets back into the Fall groove. Get in the habit of telling people “you’ll get back to them” with requests to volunteer or invitations to social events. We often default to yes, when we are put on the spot. Give yourself a chance to come home and really think about your choice.
I like to set up boundaries before people even ask. I think about exactly which event I want to help with at my kids’ school and exactly how much money I want to donate to the various back to school drives. Then I can keep on track a little better with the asks and feel good about my commitments.
5. Regroup with your support team:
Before your dive head first into Fall, schedule a check-in call with your business mentor or a date night with your spouse. Plan to discuss the above points so you can all be on the same page with goals, boundaries and commitments.
6. Ease into it and give yourself some grace:
Just like the packed gym on January first, you probably want to get all the things done right now. But give yourself a little time to get back into the swing of things. Those manic exercises in January, rarely make it to the gym in february. The same could be said for mom business owners in September. Pace yourself. Set reasonable goals and time to get there. And give yourself time to sit in a totally quiet house and just enjoy.
After all, this really can be the most wonderful time of the year 😉
September is the New January – Free Week Long Event
Want to join me and your fellow Mama CEOs as we get back into our business this Fall? Join me for September is the New January- a free weekend long event designed to help you plan for business growth, set workflow routines that work and get the most important priorities done.
Let me help you, your business and your family flourish this Fall.