It’s the beginning of October and, if you are at all like me, you’ve look at the end of the year and at all you want to accomplish before then. It could be trade shows, new patterns or programs, a rush to get your sales where you projected. And, then, of course, the holidays — Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah — will be here before you know it. What happens is that you end up with a massive to-do list. You either dive in, get distracted by more to add to the list, end up overwhelmed, or shut down. Regardless, you can easily loose sight of what is important to get done and feel defeated by not accomplishing your goals.
Here are six tips to get back on track with your own mini-retreat.
Schedule a business date
Schedule time in your calendar for a business date or mini-retreat. Like a regular date, plan to go somewhere like your local coffee shop or restaurant. The idea is that you are getting away from the distractions in your studio or office. Have access to your goals and results.
Review your accomplishments
Look at what you’ve already accomplished this year. It’s so easy to forget what you’ve done because you are always moving onto the next thing on your list, your next goal.
You may need to write them all down. This is a valuable exercise. You will be surprised at what you have accomplished.
Take time to celebrate what you’ve done.
Review your goals
Review the goals you set again. Ask yourself if they are still realistic or even if you still want to achieve them. Your definition of success may have changed over the year. Your life circumstances may have changed.
Be honest about where you let things fall through the cracks. And, most important, don’t beat yourself up for not completing the goals.
It’s your turn!
Let me know how you make out with this mini-retreat to get back on track and finish the year strong.