When I was in school, I looked at the start of a new school year almost like New Year’s Eve- a time to make new resolutions, re-define my goals and reevaluate everything I do or don’t do.
Now that I’m not in school, I find myself using a shift in seasons to help me hit the reset button. With this week being the start of fall (YAY!) and the weather starting to change, I’ve been taking time to assess where I am and where I want to be.
It’s important to be constantly reevaluating these things. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in everyday life- in the work/life balance, relationships, trying to keep up hobbies, having time for yourself, etc- that the goals we were hoping to achieve can become less tangible or become lost altogether. It’s not just a saying that time flies – I still can’t believe we’re heading into the last few months of 2017.
I’ve thrown myself into different projects the last few months without focusing on time management as much and I’ve noticed that a lot of other things have fallen to the wayside as a result. I’ve made less of an effort to make sure that I’m exercising regularly, spent less and less time in prayer and haven’t properly read a book for leisure in months. And even though I’m starting to reach goals and small milestones in my projects, I feel tired, overwhelmed and stressed a lot of the time because I’m not giving myself “me time.”
And I know I’m not alone on this one. But so often we find ourselves so consumed in these things that taking time to sit down and read a book, blocking out valuable morning time to make the trek to the gym or even just sit in silence for a few minutes to pray or meditate seems like a waste of time. But it’s not. These things are what keep us sane and well-balanced.
So that’s the center of my fall refresh. To make more of an effort not to work less in my projects and work, but instead to be more conscious of and work harder to manage my time and to work in openness in my days and weeks to focus on what I need. Because ultimately, taking the time to invest in my personal well-being will help me flourish in all parts of my life, both personal and professional.
What goals/reminders do you need to re-evaluate in this new season?