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Today I would like to discuss the quarterly review concept. You see, the more I observe those that seem to have their act together and are highly organized, the more I see patterns in their behavior.
Successful Planning Skills
I have noticed that the most successful ones are constantly looking at their calendar to find good pacing for their comings and goings, their launching and their landings, and the physical and emotional involvement of each event in their lives.
A Three-Month Review
One person I spoke to had an especially wonderful idea she calls the three-month review. Every three months she stops and looks at the next quarter of calendar, i.e. the next three months, to see what they are going to bring her. She does this for March/April/May, June/July/August, September/October/November and December/January/February. She skews her quarters from the regular three-month calendar in order to get through the holiday season in an orderly fashion.
When we to do a three-month review, we might do several things. Review our calendar and look out for the pressures that are going to come. Remember that every important day in your life in needs additional time for launching and landing. If you have a family birthday on the March 21, like I do, you need to also plan on the 20th of March and the 22nd of March as being launch and landing days. It may take some time for last-minute details in preparation for the birthday and it may take a day to clean up, put away, and to come down emotionally. Since I have another son’s birthday the next week on March 27th, I will also want to be a little bit careful with the 26th in the 28th so that those days are not heavily laden.
Launch and Landing Days
We’ve also got Easter, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day coming up during the first quarter of the year, and we will need to plan launch and landing dates in preparation for those holidays, too. So much can be planned out if you stop, think, and look at your calendar. Focusing on holiday needs, planning for emotional and practical launching and landing, and preparing now for then will bring greater organization to the next 90 days and a greater capacity to pace yourself.
Try It Out
Remember, being organized does take a lot of work, but it is a lot more work to be disorganized. Consider doing a three-month review as early as this upcoming weekend! What will the next three months bring to you?
Find more helpful ideas in my House of Order Handbook.
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