Back to School for Grown Ups!

Posted by Monika Meulman on

Article written for The South Etobicoke News

Back to school is for grown-ups…

September is here and so is the kids’ annual march to a brand new school year. We prepare our young ones, our children our students for greatness by setting them up in school (or maybe online? ) fully prepared:

Note paper - check, pens and markers - check, calculator - check, binders and organizers - check.

School books... day timers...  and so on.

But, what about you?

Are you ready for success?

Are you still following the old fashioned, outdated belief that planning is to begin January 1 for the new year? I invite you to adopt a brand new strategy. How about you start fresh, organize and plan for success four times a year: renew, recharge, revamp your plans every quarter. The time is now (so I hear!)

So what does it look like to you?

Maybe you adopt a new exercise/health schedule now looking at the holidays ahead. New goals anyone? Or maybe it’s more fun and appropriate to set up new foods in your fall cooking repertoire. Looking at your annual and semi annual goals now is refreshing and invigorating. It can give you that extra boost of energy and renewed strength that you need to shift and reach the goals you set months ago.

As humans, we are very adaptable and changeable. We have this tremendous ability to take on new information and environments and immerse ourselves into new teachings all the time. Yes, we are ALL capable. Maybe you have forgotten this. Maybe, changing it up from your Annual new year’s resolution goals to quarterly planning  it’s just the fresh air approach you’ve been looking for.

Your challenge is:

Reinvent your whole perception of planning and organization. Allow yourself this September to go back to school. What I mean is:  You allow yourself to look at fall and the coming holiday season in a whole new light. Plan to succeed. Plan to take on a new recipe perhaps. Plan on joining a new workout buddy. Or plan something completely and entirely unique and novel. Open up your learning to a new ‘semester’ in your life. And, your holidays will truly be rewarding.


Note on planning:

"I was working on the proofs of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back in again."

- Oscar Wilde

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