Tag Archive: fourth quarter

WomanSuitBoxingGlovesThere never seems to be enough time in any given day to get to all of your to-do items.  The day begins and you’re off to a good start, and then, before you know it, times up.  You stop and wonder, “Where did the day go?”  Now we’re at the end of another year and you might be wondering where the whole year went and how it went by so quickly.  It’s safe to say that people find themselves here because they don’t know how they relate to time, don’t plan for what they want to accomplish, or the plan is in their head, they fall prey to procrastination and interruptions and have no clue as to where their time is going.  The scary thing about this is that it can be a pattern, and it probably is if you’re sitting here at the end of the year wondering where it all went.   It’s not too late to get a handle on it all and make some progress toward some of the things on your plate right now and finish the year powerfully.

Look at the things that you’d like to accomplish before the end of the year and prioritize them. Once you’ve determined the priority of each item, you can move forward.  Do you have time to get to all of the things before year’s end?  If not, determine what you can complete in the time that’s left and schedule time to work on those pieces of the project between now and the end of the year then schedule time to finish the remaining pieces in early January.  Get the blocks of time scheduled in your calendar now and commit to them.

The next step to finishing your year strong is to think about next year before it gets here.  Start with a list of things you want to accomplish and turn them into goals.  Once you’ve got S.M.A.R.T. goals, you can create your road map to accomplishing them and know exactly how you’re going to get there and when you’re working on each.  The year might fly by, but you’ll be getting things done instead of wondering where all that time went and why you have nothing to show for it.

As you look forward to the next year, think about what you have to do differently.  What did you do this year that just didn’t work?  What do you want to do differently?  Be conscious of how you’re relating to time, pull together systems and tools to support you, create a plan and above all, look at where your time is going.  Be sure that you’re investing it, not simply spending it.  Give your time to things that are worthy, things related to your values and goals and let the rest go.  Doing so will keep you productive and getting to the end of the year with things accomplished, ready to celebrate and plan for the year ahead.


BreakthroughAs we enter the final quarter of the year, most business owners are looking at the things they want to do to finish out the year and many are playing catch up after the summer fun.  As you gear up for Q4 are you stepping back into the same old thing and the same old routine or are you making a shift and taking things up a notch?  Has it been your intent to take things to the next level or to get certain things done but you just can’t seem to make that happen?

If so, take a look around your office.  What do you see?  Is your workspace well organized or are things in disarray and cluttered?  If it’s the latter, consider that your workspace is part of what’s holding you back.  Over the years as I’ve worked with clients one of the things that I learned early on is that clutter is a product of what’s going on with you physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  In essence, you are your clutter and your clutter is you and it can be keeping you from making that breakthrough to the next level.

If your workspace is cluttered you may have noticed how it makes you feel when you’re in it.  You can’t think clearly or focus, you may not feel like sitting in the area with the clutter or you might even feel heavy when you’re in the space.  All of these things are caused by the clutter in the space.  When you have physical, emotional, mental and spiritual clutter, it produces a cluttered space.  This means that the thoughts, relationships, beliefs, and yes, even excess weight each contribute to holding you back.  It keeps you moving at a snail’s pace or allows you to stay right where you are, stagnant and unable to move forward even though that’s not where you want to be.  Your breakthrough and the things you just can’t seem to get done are placed on hold due to your internal clutter.  To get rid of the clutter in your space, you have to address the internal clutter in your life.  Doing so is what keeps the clutter in your space from coming back after you clear it.

When these internal connections are addressed it’s possible to get rid of the clutter and keep it away for good.  In addition to looking around your office to see what’s there, look inside to see where your internal clutter resides, then take the steps to figure out why it’s there and resolve those issues.  As you do, you will find that it becomes easy to rid your space of clutter and keep it away instead of clearing it and having it come back again.  Get to the root of your clutter and clear it so that you can have that business breakthrough during this last quarter of the year.  If clutter is a real challenge for you, visit www.ItsNotAboutThePaper.com for a solution.


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