I love June. Eternal sunshine. The promise of lazy beach days ahead while reading a carefully chosen “take-me-away-somewhere-real-good” book. Vacation planning, dreaming and scheming. Additional daylight hours to get more really important stuff done. Peeling the calendar back to show only six more months in the year. Wait, what?
That’s right. By the end of June we’ve reached the halfway point in the calendar year and, depending on your point of view, 2015 is either half over or has only six months to go. Which is it for you?
As planners, we tend to think of life in organized frames. Every day is a new to-do list. Every job has its own subcategories. The ultimate delight when we get to cross things off and take out a clean tablet to start the process all over again. But, maybe June is a good time to make a list titled “2015 – The Journey From January to June.”
Wasn’t it just six months ago that we all had lofty goals about where we were headed “in the future?” Perhaps June should be designated as the time to get real about what we’ve accomplished and what we have not since Jan. 1.
I personally think it’s better to face the music in June when the sun is shining than wait until that crazy-busy end of year month that looms like a smoking gun at the end of each calendar year.
To assist, I’ve devised guidelines for a midyear checkpoint. If you want to join me, here’s what you’ll need:
- Designated quiet time.
- Any supporting documents that will help – a list, spreadsheets showing client stats, financials, invoice status and all that detailed stuff.
- The ability and willingness to get real about where you started, where you’ve come and where you need to go to meet your goals.
That’s it. Just you and a date with reality. No need for further instructions because, if you’re ready to undertake this task, you’ll instinctively know how to proceed. Mostly it’s about asking questions.
What’s changed in the past six months? Has anything improved, gotten worse, stayed the same? Do the numbers accurately represent my work? Have I taken the time to professionally close out events and projects that I started? Are there still big things I’m avoiding or procrastinating on that need attention? Where is all this taking me on my path toward personal and professional contentment?
If you’re anything like me, once you start this process it’ll be productive and help you make more informed decisions during the second half of the year.
Have you ever heard the saying that an optimist is “someone who knows that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha”?
Here’s hoping we’re all dancing with a good and steady beat forward throughout the summer months.