Back-to-school time was always a fresh start. Even after I graduated college, there was always something about September.
Perhaps it is the crisp, cool temperatures. Or maybe it is remembering the trips for new school clothes and supplies.
I like to think of it as my new year. This is the time of year when I make new resolutions and review the ones – if any – I made in January.
It’s the time of year when I really get organized. Maybe it’s all of the calendars on display, the planners for students, the colored markers. Whatever it is, I find myself making lists and figuring out what I want to accomplish between now and the end of the year.
If you’re ready for a fresh start in September, here are a few areas in which to maximize your fresh start:
Fitness I’m excited about the cooler temperatures. This summer I walked one million steps between Memorial Day and Labor Day. On the hot, humid days of summer it was a challenge My new challenge is adjusting to the lack of sunlight. I bought a light to use when I walk in the morning. In the evenings, I walk as soon as I get home from work. Then I eat dinner, which is the reverse of my summer routine.
Closets With the cooler temperatures, I am more willing to tackle the attic and the garage. Because it’s darker earlier, I’ll clean out files, and shred the papers while watching the new TV shows. I also reorder my closets to match the season and identify clothes and any other items to donate.
Writing I spend more time working on my books because I am not at the swimming pool or working in the garden. To keep myself on track, I’ve set daily and weekly goals, and I continue to meet with my accountability partner.
Finances This time of year, I always review my investments, track my expenses and begin thinking about travel for next year and how I will fund the trips. I make adjustments as needed and feel good knowing that I have trips planned and some savings in the bank.
Books Since the days are shorter, it’s the perfect time of year to tackle the pile of books I have amassed. Every year I say I’m not going to buy any books until the current pile is eliminated. Every summer I buy too many books and spend the winter catching up.
If you have additional September resolutions, please share them in the Comments section to inspire others.