It’s July already.
Which means the entire first half of the year is over.
And since we are just starting summer here, the desire to put our feet up, have lazy days by the beach drinking drinks with umbrellas on them, is at the highest.
Before you know it, it’ll be September, and we’ll be off to a gallop toward year’s end.
So, here’s the question I’ve got for you:
Where are you with your goals—career goals or otherwise?
Those things that you set for yourself at the beginning of the year, how far have you gotten with them?
I’m not asking you these questions to make you feel guilty. Really.
I’m asking you because I ask myself these questions too.
This time of the year, I do a mid-year goals check-in. I take a brief pause to look at what’s on my plate and honestly assess whether those things are leading me toward the things I want to achieve this year.
If you’re anything like me, you may find that your once-focused list has gotten degraded.
All kinds of things got added to it.
Some of those additions have nothing to do with your original priorities. In fact, some may be outright conflicting.
The beginning of the second half of the year—ideally, before you take off the entire summer off—is a good time to take a brief pause and review your focus and plans for the remainder of the year.
Sounds obvious enough right?
Precisely because it is so obvious that it’s easy to push it aside and discount what you can gain from doing it.
I find that since that when I sit down and take a mid-year pause, I find myself less surprised in December about where the year has gone. I find myself less worried about “what I might be missing or doing instead.”
I also feel more aligned. My actions are in tune with my goals. Which, for me, is the core of having balance.
So here are three quick things I do during this mid-year review that may help you with yours as well:
1 Review your goals. Do they still make sense to you?
Re-commit to the ones to which you’ve answered “yes”. Adjust the others or quit the goals that no longer make sense.
2 Review your tasks and activities. Do they lead you to the goals that survived step 1?
Re-commit to the ones that align with your goals. If not, adjust their prioritization. Or quit them altogether.
3 Review the target dates and deadlines. Are the dates still realistic? Do they make sense?
Re-commit. Adjust. Or quit.
This seemingly small activity encourages realignment of your plans and To-Do lists with your goals. It re-focuses your action on what’s important for you.
It also gives you the opportunity to identify things you can or should quit. And for some, this may be key to giving yourself the “permission” to go ahead and quit the wrong stuff.
Quit the wrong stuff. Stick with the right stuff. Have the guts to do one or the other. —Seth Godin, from his book The Dip
Over to You
As you start your summer lazy days, I hope that you can take just a brief pause—15-20 minutes should be enough—to do your mid-year refocusing exercise.
And share your thoughts and results in the comments section below.