Back to School Means Back to Work

by Kim Shiver, M.Ed, Speaker, Communications Strategist

Summer is coming to an end, and students are heading go back to school. It’s also a time where small business owners and employees get back to serious work.

For many, summer is a time where we take family vacations, time off, and a more relaxed approach to work and our lives. As we move into the late summer and fall, it’s time to get focused and finish the year strong.

Do you ever get to the end of December, heading into a new year, and wonder where did the year go? Do you sometimes feel you didn’t accomplish what you desired?

Create a 90 Day Plan

The best way to make progress towards a goal is to create a plan. 90 Day plans are a perfect way to start because they allow you enough time to set, track, and accomplish goals. 90 Days also gives you time to build habits that keep you on track.

Who Can This Help?

You don’t need to be self-employed to get the benefits. Employees can use the plan to track goals at work as well as set and achieve personal goals like outside projects or weight loss. Students can use the plan to set goals for this year’s academic success and to create a work flow that provides for the completion of long-term projects without the last minute, all-nighter before the deadline.  And if you have a side hustle, planning is particularly important to move your business along since you only have your off-work hours to do so.

Three Steps to Get Started on Your Plan

If the idea of a plan sounds good, but you’re not sure how to get started, here are three quick steps to move you forward.

Define What You Want

The truth is many people, don’t know specifically what they want to accomplish in the next 90 days. Spend some time planning what you want to accomplish in the next 90 days and write it down.

Write it Down and Add Deadlines

Knowing what you want is the first step, but to make it happen you need to write it down and add deadlines for completion. Create small goals that move you toward the big goal so that you can show weekly progress.

Track Weekly and Reset as Needed

The only way to know if you’re progressing toward the goal is to track your progress. Evaluate your progress, weekly. Did you complete that week’s goals? If not, reset to complete them the next week? If you miss a deadline, don’t beat yourself up. Reset, move forward and make sure to complete it the next week.


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Kim Shivler is a Gallup Certified Clifton Strengths Coach, Communications Strategist and Consultant. She helps individuals, businesses, and teams, achieve their goals, improve communication, increase sales, and deliver stellar customer service.