300 Seconds: Mid-Year Check-Up

I wouldn’t necessarily call myself an eavesdropper, but sometimes I overhear conversations. And when those conversations make me smile, I just have to write them down. For example, here are three just from today:

“There’s no way that movie would be made today. Are you kidding? Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny on the same screen?! That’s insane!”

“I’m thinking about wearing my ‘Apollo Creed’ robe to the pool party this weekend, so I can look like Michael Phelps and, you know, maybe intimidate the other guys playing Marco Polo.”

And finally, “Happy New Fiscal Year!”

It’s the last one that reminded me that, for quite a few of you, your fiscal year ended yesterday. And while I do not attempt to give financial advice, I do like to use this time for a mid-year check-up. Remember those goals you established in January? It’s time to evaluate how you’re doing. If you haven’t made much progress, it’s time to develop an action plan.

  • What will it take to achieve each goal?
  • Break your goals down into manageable segments (think Bird by Bird) and then establish a timeline.
  • Determine how long it will reasonably take to finish each segment and establish a deadline.
  • You might also consider asking for help. If you do not have the skills to perform the task in a timely manner, who can help you get there?

Keep in mind that you’ll want to schedule most of the items in your action plan for 3rd quarter completion, before the holiday season begins.

And before you become discouraged, don’t look at this as ‘the year is already half over.’ Instead, say to yourself, ‘I still have half of the year ahead of me’.

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay