As we enter the final three months of 2023, we need to acknowledge the year is winding down. Do you have projects remaining to wrap up?
Take a breath and evaluate where you are with the intentions you set for 2023.
Before you begin to think about the projects to finish, make a list of all the things you have accomplished.
Celebrate your wins.
Go back and review your calendar. I am a member of a goals group that meets monthly. Each month we review our wins and set our goals for the upcoming month. I have notes related to the intentions I set and my wins. As I look back through them, I realize that I had forgotten some of the awesome things I have accomplished. Celebrate those wins.
What’s left to wrap up?
Now look at what you still want to accomplish before we wrap up this year. Is your vision the same as it was when you set your intentions for 2023? Do you want to tweak some of your goals? Have some of the projects been more complicated and lengthier than you had planned? You have probably made progress, but perhaps it is not realistic to wrap it up this year. Maybe one or more projects need to be broken down into even smaller bites and reevaluated.
Finish the year using SMART goals.
Do a brain dump. Decide what you want to accomplish for the remainder of this year. Ask yourself if these projects have SMART goals? Are you clear and Specific on what you want the end goal to look like? Make it a Measurable goal so that you will know when you have reached it. Is it Achievable or does it need to be modified? Is it Realistic to expect to accomplish this goal this year? And is it Time related? Do you have a clear timeline in place?
Choose three goals or intentions that you want to accomplish by the end of the year. List what you will need to do to reach each goal.
Backwards planning works.
Use backwards planning to create the steps to follow. Work on one project at a time. Be clear on what “done” will look like for this project. Pick the date that you want this project finished. Can you complete it in a month or three? List all that you need to do so that you can say “done”. Arrange those tasks in a logical order. Decide when you are going to do each step or small task and put a date beside it. Leave some extra room to allow for flexibility when life gets in the way.
Write those dates on your calendar.
Options if you are stuck.
If you have gotten stuck on this project before, consider enlisting help. Help might be a tutoring session. It might be a virtual assistant. Maybe a friend, colleague, or a family member can help you. Or you could hire a coach or professional organizer. Getting help to put you back into a winning streak and finishing a project can make all the difference in a win or giving up.
Let’s wrap up this year with some big wins and a reason to celebrate! It’s possible. So, start now!
Jonda S. Beattie, Professional Organizer owner of Time Space Organization, and co-owner of Release, Repurpose, Reorganize. She is based in the Metro-Atlanta area. As presenter, award-winning author, as well as a retired special education teacher she uses her listening skills, problem solving skills, knowledge of different learning techniques, ADHD specialty, and paper management skills to help clients