September is the new January. At least that’s what Gretchen Rubin has recently manifested, and I think we can all agree that we’d like a clean slate for 2020. For years, September has been seen as a marker of calm and routine. With kids going back to school, summer trips dwindling, and evenings becoming earlier every day, this month is a catalyst for change. In fact, a British survey found that 69% of people believe small improvements in September are easier to achieve than New Year’s resolutions. Now, this September certainly looks different than any that has come before, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be an opportunity to start fresh.
Catapult Your Career
No matter where you are in your career journey, the opportunity is there to improve. Searching for a job? Give your resume a total makeover. Trying to achieve a promotion? Add some skills to your arsenal. Looking to improve your leadership qualities? Join a mastermind group.
Make a list of your career goals – both long-term and short-term. Then, list the concrete steps you need to make in order to achieve them. It doesn’t matter how small the steps are; the only thing that matters is that you begin. If you’re unsure of where to start, find a career mentor that can offer advice and guidance along the way.
Refresh Your Routines
You may or may not have the same “back to school” routines of years past, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create new schedules and structures to make your life a bit easier. Get your entire family on a daily schedule. Plan out your meals for the week, ensuring everything will go smoothly. Now would be a great time to try an at-home meal kit, create a household budget, or implement a cleaning schedule. These small acts will provide a framework for success moving into the fall.
Implement Healthy Habits
As you get the whole family on a schedule, it’s the perfect time to rethink some of your health habits. September is one of the most popular months for enrolling in weight-loss programs, going to the gym, and cooking at home. Build healthy habits into your new routines.
What changes are you feeling tug at your heartstrings during this season? Whether you want to give your career a new direction, put a little pep into your daily routine, or build new habits that will focus on your health, don’t wait. September is the perfect time for new beginnings. For more guidance on getting a fresh start, explore our candidate resources.