Don’t Wait for January: Setting September Resolutions & Goals

Why September is the Best Time to Set Goals #goals #business #privatepractice #productivity #psychotherapy #september #resolution

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September goals and resolutions?

January is typically the time of year that we make resolutions, set goals, and try to overhaul our bad habits. But the Back-to-School season — August and September — can also feel like a fresh start and opportunity to make changes.


Gretchen Rubin talks about how September is like another January in her book Better than Before and recently on her podcast Happier. After years of operating on a school calendar, most of us associate September with a new beginning. For kids, starting school means getting back into a routine, a new teacher or school, shopping for new clothes or a picking out a backpack and lunchbox.


September is a new beginning

New beginnings are optimal opportunities for us to make changes. So, even if you or your kiddos aren’t heading back to school this year, it’s a great time to revisit your goals. We don’t have to wait until January to get back on track; we can make the most of the last few months of the year.


My kids went back to school this week and I’m so happy to get back some of my time! I made a short video (3 minutes) about how I’m taking this¬†opportunity to refocus on my business goals.


What are your goals?

Grab your planner or a notebook and start jotting down some new goals or check-in with yourself about your existing goals.

Which of your personal goals need some attention?
What about your professional goals? Do you need to recommit to regular self-care or boundaries around your work hours? Do you want to attract more clients or start offering a new service?


I hope you have a great back-to-school season and productive rest of the year!


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Sharon Martin has a passion for clinical supervision, mentoring new social workers, blogging, and reading all things social work related. She is a California Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years in the field. Sharon has worked extensively in Bay Area non-profits and successfully runs a private counseling practice in San Jose. Sharon writes regularly for PsychCentral and the Good Men Project. She's also the author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism.

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