Fall is my favorite season, for many reasons. The colors of autumn are magical and the weather is nice and cool but not freezing. Fall makes me think of family, sweaters, leaves, and shorter days. But it is also the time of year that signals the beginning of the end of the year and the start of the final quarter of the year.
For the last two years, my fourth quarter has been the most successful and profitable. There are a variety of reasons why, but the main one is that I know the year is coming to an end. Fall can be like a quick shot in the arm and a reality check for most of us.
If you are anything like me, then you may be looking at your list of the goals you made at the beginning of the year. If you still have a lot left to do, don’t fret. Rather, read this post for effective tips on how to finish the year strong. You still have time to position yourself for Fall success. Here’s how:
Work Your List
Each day, carve out time on your goal list to work on what’s left. Set a daily time limit, and then attack your goals with vigor. Keep several copies of your goal list nearby on your phone or tablet, your desk, your purse or wallet, etc. and devote time to accomplishing your tasks daily.
Work with someone who will help push you to reach the finish line. This must be a person who’s aggressive and understands what you want to accomplish. Set up time weekly to share with your partner your progress, and encourage them to check on you daily to make sure you aren’t slacking.
Set up a reward system to fuel you on. Perhaps you love spa treatments, or would like to buy a new pricey item. Set up benchmarks that you have to reach in order to get that reward, which can also give you a sense of urgency.
Whenever you find yourself making an excuse for not working on your goals and/or to-do list, put a marble in a jar. This can help you visually see why you aren’t moving closer to your goal, hopefully propelling you to move forward sans excuses.
Get in the habit of working on your goals at a specific time of the day. This will assist in keeping you on task as it becomes a integrated part of your daily schedule.
When we get too comfortable, laziness can become a factor. Shake this off by challenging yourself each day with hard, yet necessary tasks. Save the easier things for the end of your list and tackle the hard items first.