September Resolutions Offer Fresh Start

059Back-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.

2 thoughts on “September Resolutions Offer Fresh Start

  1. Brian Matt says:

    Good resolutions! Mine include buying a bike to relieve the boredom of the treadmill at the gym (and lose 10 lb. in the process). The only question is trail bike, road bike, or hybrid? Also, I plan to do more short trips on the weekends – I just visited Monticello last weekend and recently rented a bike in Farmville to tour the new High Bridge State Park.

    Keep up the good work on your blog!

  2. Liz Bryant says:

    I am going to totally work your list! I, too, get energized with the onset of “sweater weather” and look forward to keeping my writing on track with my accountability partner.

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