September is the New January
Have you heard the phrase “September is the new January”? I spent almost all of my full-time work career in education, so September (or actually mid-August) was the beginning of each school year. At USCA our budget year began on July 1, so January was just sort of ho-hum and mid-year for me. I first heard this phrase from Gretchen Rubin. It refers to using September to reflect on your life, whether personally, relationally or in your work.
For 2019 I created a list of goals for 2019 which I entitled My Happiness Project. I decided that this would be a good time to review my progress so far. If you are interested in possibly starting your own happiness project or just learning more about what a happiness project is, I highly recommend Gretchen Rubin’s books The Happiness Project and Happier at Home.
My overall theme word for the year is “Write”. I wanted to right on a regular basis, ideally five days per week. I have not written as frequently as I had hoped to. This is still important for me, so I am reflecting on what I can do to make the necessary changes to accomplish this goal.
I am working on goals in each of seven areas and have made progress on most of them. Some of these are process goals (this article discusses the difference between process and product goals). I had a goal to exercise six days a week. I am happy that I have exercised five or six days a week since the beginning of the year. It has become a habit now, and I feel much better physically for having achieved this.
I encourage you to review any goals that you set at the beginning of the year. If there are some you have not accomplished that are still important to you, then September is a great time to restart. I have lots of articles on my website to help you accomplish these. Just check out the Happiness Project and Healthy Living categories on my blog.
There is a great FREE resource available called Five to Flourish that has just been created by Ultimate Bundles. This ebook has habit trackers and suggestions for improving your health in a number of areas. There are suggestions for improving your sleep, exercise, increase energy, improve your mindset, add a morning practice, and more. If you would like some ideas to help you in this areas click here to download this ebook for free. But hurry, it will only be available through August 30.
What habits have you adopted this year that have improved your life? Leave a comment and let us all know.