It seems very fitting to call the last day of the last long weekend of summer vacation Labour Day as if to signal that this is the day when the summer fun ends and the following day is when the fall work begins whether you are returning to your regular routine in your life; back to your current role or forward into a new role in your career or resuming a more serious and determined focus on your business that may have waned somewhat during the lazy, warm and sunny days of summer.
Every summer has an abundance of superlative moments, its share of surprising lessons and the opportunity to acquire a wealth of healthy habits in your life and best practices in your career and business. The onset of Labour Day in no way means that you must abandon these healthy habits and best practices. On the contrary, it would be a great idea to take this first week of September and use it as a time of transition from summer to September. You will undoubtedly spend the bulk of this week revving up your energy and enthusiasm as you return to your regular routine; sharpening your focus as you juggle competing demands, projects and deadlines; filling your schedule to the brim with personal and professional commitments and adjusting to the increased noise and crowds of the city. However, amidst all of this ado, acceptance and adjustment, make a commitment to spend one hour each day for three days, either at the start or at the end of each day, to take an inventory of the superlative moments, surprising lessons, healthy habits and best practices that the summer bestowed upon you and decide which of them you can sustain at least in September or at most for the rest of the year and perhaps further into the future.
During the hour on the first day, review your summer schedule of personal commitments and professional appointments and any photographs you may have taken and use them as a way to replay the best of your summer in your mind. Press pause each time you recall a superlative moment, surprising lesson, personal healthy habit or professional best practice. Once you have each one noted down, press play to continue viewing the detailed video of your summer. On the second day, you can use the hour that you have set aside to shorten your list to one superlative moment, two surprising lessons, two healthy habits and two best practices. Finally, on the third day, pull out your schedule for the second week of September and the list you have prepared over the past two days and decide which day you want to do something to remember that superlative moment or create a new one; assign days that you want to practice each of the two surprising lessons; choose days to integrate the two healthy habits and select the days that are most advantageous to demonstrate the two professional best practices. Alternatively, you may want to take all seven items on the list and commit to doing them in one way or another every day.
It is important to avoid forgetting the best of your summer. Instead, allow it to become part of your foundation for a fantastic fall! Do your best to sustain summer’s surprises and superlatives in September and for the rest of the year.