July 2018 is almost here and it is hard to remember where the time has gone. I looked up this morning and realized that IJ was almost to my shoulders in height and he made me feel like time was flying past me. I can still remember rocking him in my arms and now I am planning Win’s fifth birthday party to occur in a few months.

Now that we are half through the year 2018, I am reflecting back on the plans I made at the beginning of the year. This is the perfect time to do a quarterly reflection on my progress. Quarterly reflection is not an original thought of mine, I looked back over my to do list for the last 6 months and realized a common theme on my work to do list is quarterly reporting. As an employee, I was required to review and create quarterly reports regarding the agency’s progress towards agency goals.

This got me thinking, if it works for agencies…why can’t it work for me in other areas. Thus, I sat down and conducted a quarterly review of my goals. As my personal quarters coincide with a fiscal year which begins July, June marks the last quarter of my year. Not only am I reviewing the quarter but also the year. This allows me to work on my Life Strategic Plan for the upcoming Fiscal Year beginning July 1.

This month, I chose to focus on one word each month instead of one word a year. A word a month allows me to give myself a prompt to keep me working towards my quarterly and annual goals. I recently hear a book recommendation while spending time folding laundry while listening to His and Her Money: Stop Wasting Time on YouTube. The book has been added to my “to read list for 2018” as I have found myself making a conscious effort to take back control of my day.

Thus my word for the month of June was established – the word time. I need to continue the practice of being productive and in order to do so, I have to control what I do with my time. By focusing on this one word, I give myself a mental push to keep working to achieve the tasks on my to-do list.

I didn’t choose my word without a lot of thought. I made the decision to choose the one word which best described something which was completely in my ability to adjust whenever I needed to pivot towards more intentional growth and action. In addition, I left myself visual clues in each room and each device I owned so that my focus could stay rooted to time.

So that’s my word. I make time for those things and people that will fuel me not deplete me. Because after all, there are only 24 hours in one day and my strategic plan requires me to be rested and resourceful. Each of which requires the best use of my time.

Til next time,

“Time isn’t the main thing, it’s the only thing.” – Miles Davis

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