July and August always feel like new beginnings to me. Most school years start in August or September, which always signals the start of a “new year.” In my case, I finish my biggest event of the year the last week of June. July provides me with a great time to reflect on not only that event and what worked or didn’t work, but it also provides a great opportunity for me to look at the other areas of my life and where my wins and struggles were the last 6-months.
I find July to be the best month to do this because my calendar is pretty light in July. Aside from doctor appointments that I tend to schedule and maybe a trip out of town for some rest and relaxation, there are not any other big events on my calendar in July. Also, this allows me to get a head start on my intentions for the upcoming school year time frame. I’d much rather start September hitting the ground running with my goals and plans outlined than to start the month spending a week or two figuring out where I am going and what I want to accomplish.
So, if you’ve never done a mid-year reboot, here are some handy tips and tricks for you.
How to do a mid-year reboot
- Look at any goals, plans, or intentions you set at the beginning of the year – have you achieved what you wanted or missed the mark completely?
- If you did miss the mark on some of your plans, take a good look at why and write this down. Did you not allow enough time in your schedule to work on this goal? Do you find it just isn’t a meaningful goal for you? Did something else urgent take place in your life, requiring you to shift your focus to a higher-priority task?
- Now, visualize what you want the rest of your year to look like. What do you want to look back at the end of 2017 and be able to say you’ve accomplished? What habits do you want to break? Just write it all down.
If you’re someone that likes to set goals and break them down, you’ve got a framework to work from for the rest of the year. If not, you at least have a handwritten list of changes you want to make or things you want to accomplish. That alone can be very powerful.
One last thing – don’t beat yourself up. Life happens, tomorrow is a new day. Whether you’ve fallen off track or stepped three steps back, it’s never too late to begin again.
“There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 23:18