Back to School

We have the opportunity to reset anytime. This may look like a complete CTRL+ALT+DLT on our routines, career, or it may be comprised of smaller lifestyle habit changes. New Year’s Eve is the most obvious of these times to make a change, birthdays seem to provide another “good time,” each seasonal change is in a way refreshing, and then there’s always the “I’ll start on Monday,” quote that usually comes mid-week…,but not too long ago, back to school did it for me. While I was never a straight-A student, I put in my time. I did a lot of extracurricular activities, and found joy in creating my schedules and routine (go figure!) with all of the brand-new school supplies. I’m a sucker for pretty stationery.

While I can’t speak to the controlled chaos, or complete chaos that involves back to school (I do not have children, but I do have a mother who teaches), it still provides an opportune time, as adults, to take a step back and evaluate. Have you accomplished what you set out to do on December 31, 2015? Did you fall into an “I’ll start on Monday,” rut?

The great news: there’s still a ton of time left in 2016 to make a mark, a start, or a solid dent in whatever it is you’d like to work on professionally and/or personally. Will something you try to finish in 2016 set you up for something bigger and better in 2017? What does this path look like? What small steps can you take for that larger end goal in mind? Is there a particular training you’d like to attend? (COTERIE has some amazing Lunch+Learn offerings, so be sure to keep our calendar at-hand!)

Set aside some time to ponder these questions. Discuss them with your fellow COTERIE members to see if they’ve had similar experiences and how they’ve overcome any challenges to reach their goals. Begin to organize your thoughts—and your calendar—because before you know it, the holiday season will hit (it always seems to sneak up on us) and you’ll be wondering where the time went. Scale your goals into bite-size pieces to help ensure you don’t get overwhelmed. Perhaps you take a “I will accomplish X by doing Y,” stance. (A good example, “I will quit soda by keeping a large water bottle with me throughout the day). Boil it down to nothing and remember KISS—Keep it Simple + Stupid. Remember to be kind to yourself in the process, there will be the occasional setback, and mindfulness is your friend. You’ve got this, we’ve got your back.

Alexandra Mannino, COTERIE Project Director