Three tips for getting back on track this fall

  • Mon Sep 13th, 2010 11:02pm
  • Life

January gets all of the glory when it comes to New Year’s resolutions but September seems like a great time of the year to start fresh.

The laid-back summer months gave you some time to recharge, so why not be like a kid again and start your year off in September?

Here are three tips to get back on track.

1. Rethink your to-do list: Maybe you’ve played all summer and are a little overwhelmed with your to-do list come September.

Take a good, hard look at what makes it on to your list. Do you really need to bake cupcakes, or could you just buy them at the bakery? Will saying yes to that committee make you feel accomplished, or will it add more chaos to your life?

Clear off your list of things that don’t have to be done and you’ll be able to accomplish the important things that do need completing.

2. Do one thing well: Most jugglers eventually drop the balls, so remember that you don’t need to get everything done all at once.

Want to try yoga, learn a new language and cook your way through Julia Child? Kudos to you, but don’t kill yourself doing it all at once.

Pick one goal for the month and chip away at that.

3. Break it down. Ask people what they want to accomplish and you’ll hear things like “Lose weight” or “Do more with my kids.” Most folks fail at their resolutions because they pick lofty goals with no plan in sight.

Instead of disappointing yourself, break your goals down into tasks and then schedule the tasks in your calendar. If you want to lose weight, schedule tasks like grocery shopping, prepping meals and packing healthy lunches (instead of hitting the local fast-food joint) into your calendar.

Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore,

The writers are co-founders of Buttoned Up, a company dedicated to helping stressed women get organized. Send ideas and questions to