We all take a step back in the summer - students, parents, businesses - and rightfully so.  We go through our lives at an increasingly rapid pace, and we all need to take a break to enjoy a trip to the beach, a beautiful sunset, or a day of absolutely nothing on our schedules. 

Whether you are a student or not, there is a sort of 'restart' button that comes in September.  We get ourselves reorganized and refocused and head into the fall with a renewed sense of purpose.  Maybe you need to organize your desk or office and go through all those papers that have piled up throughout the summer, or enter all the receipts that you shoved into a drawer on your way out the door on a summer afternoon.  Maybe you need to pick up a project that has fallen victim to other more pressing issues, or finally send out that email campaign you have put off.

You have just over one quarter left in your year.  What were the goals you set for yourself in January, and how close are you to meeting them?  How can you make adjustments to make sure you get there?

What are you doing this September to refocus?

Debbie Millin is President of UpperLevel Solutions - a Boston-based firm offering  part-time and interim Chief Operating Officer services, operational assessments as a health check or as part of due diligence, and executive project leadership.



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