When you search “back to school” the results will be articles, like the ones I used to write, that are focused on the child’s success: stress, sleep, healthy lunches, bullying and more. However, this return to school is also a transition time for adults. The return to routines, schedules, and extracurriculars, marks a new beginning not just for the child but for the whole family.
Do you, like me, fantasize about how you’d like things to be better or different this school year? Have you thought, “I’m going to get up earlier for some me-time” or “I’m going to make time to exercise this year?” or “I’m going to use the school time better and …(maybe find a job or start a business)"
Let’s use this Back-to-School momentum to give you some tangible, positive change that sticks. After all,
a goal without a plan is just a wish
5 Steps to Maximize the Back-to-School Season for YOU:
List 3 things that you’d like to breathe new life into this school year. Is it a career, hobby, exercise, relationship?
Choose one to focus on for a week. You can choose the most challenging or the one that will make the greatest impact.
Get clear on your WHY. For example, if you are looking to bring some extra money into your family, know why. What will you do with the money? How will it change things for you and your family? Do you want to work standard 9-5 or shorter hours with more flexibility? Personally I like to have time to workout, write, and meditate after my kids go to school and before I go to work, so part-time work that’s flexible yet still allows me to make a substantial income is key.
Tell someone your goal and allow them to support you and hold you accountable. Be sure to choose someone who has enough distance that they won’t have a conflicting self-interest and unintentionally sabotage your plans. Choose a friend, colleague, family member, or accountability partner. Not sure who to tell? Tell me. Supporting women and holding them accountable is my super power.
Make your mornings count. Mornings are a powerful time of day. It’s the time when we set the tone for the rest of the day, so be mindful of the thoughts you think and the stories you allow yourself to believe. Start your day with a dose of centering and positivity! This could be quiet time with a cup of tea or writing morning pages or reading positive statements, meditating/praying, yoga or running.
These are some of the same steps I incorporate into my life and work. I lead a large team of smart, savvy women, who were drawn to our business and my team for the flexible, part-time work hours and the incredible compensation plan, all while doing meaningful, impactful work. I tell my most successful dynamos that taking 30-60 minutes everyday to center on you and your goals will be the best, most productive 60 minutes of your day. I encourage you too to make them happen!
If you would like to hear more about the business I run, the team of women I work with, the substantial compensation, or the advocacy work that Beautycounter is so devoted to, please send me an email to let me know and look at what we’re up to here.