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Planning Ahead for the September 2011 - Exploring Patterns

Planning Ahead for the September 2011

With summer here, September will soon be around the corner. Here are four tips that can help make your transition from the summer into September as smooth as possible.

  1. Plan ahead. If you are interesting hosting a special event (e.g., planning retreat), start exploring potential dates and locations during the summer. People can get dates and locations into their calendar during the summer and be prepared for the fall.
  2. Organize your Personal Calendar. July is a great month to sit down with your calendar and identify key dates that will be important to you and organization in the fall. For example, I like to mark in calendar the key dates when government reports are due (e.g., September 30th). That allows me to book time in my calendar to complete reporting requirements etc.
  3. Resource Forecast. Review the financial performance of your organization during the months leading up to June. Will the organization end the year on budget? Do you anticipate some challenges ahead? Thinking now about resources challenges can help identify where to focus your work in the fall.
  4. Fun Factor. Don’t forget to include fun into your plans for the fall. What are the fun activities you and or your organization will undertake in the fall?

Enjoy the summer. It’s a great time to take a break, make a plan and reflect on the accomplishments of the last six months.