Interview: Summer to Fall Transition

Monday, August 30th, 2010

For most people, the end of summer brings an end to lazy days and the return of a more scheduled existence. To help you with the transition we asked personal coach, Jennifer Priest, for some tips on adjusting.

Q. How should people prepare themselves for the summer to fall transition? Should they ease into the fall or go full force?

A. It really depends of the type of person you are. As a coach, the approach I use is tailored to the individual. Sometimes the end of summer is a time of preparation and then almost hibernating for winter.

Q. If you have kids getting set for the school year and you need to figure out how to juggle that with work, that would be first on the agenda. There are many people who love fall and hit their stride this time of year. They may love the cooler temperatures and some additionally look forward to the winter where they can be in their element.

A. Either way the idea is to take stock of the type you are and then plan accordingly. If you are the type of person who likes to chip away at things, easing in is the way to go. If you find you lose momentum quickly, going full force followed by times of rest may be your best bet.

Q. Should you try to establish a new and ambitious routine right away or see how it goes and then make a realistic routine?

A. Again, it depends on the person. Some people don’t work well with routine at all. Their routine may be changing their routine all the time to make life and work more interesting.

There is no one right way. As far as setting a routine, it needs to be challenging yet doable. It you set your sights too high, you may fail and then get discouraged. Too low and there is no growth. One of the biggest factors in implementing a new routine is to have accountability. Whether it be a coach, a friend or partner. You need someone who will encourage, support and help you stay on track.

Q. Should it be a goal to schedule free time in every day?

A. I don’t know about free time, but “me” time is important. Me time is a time to be present, free of worry and stress even if only for a few minutes.  Now more than ever self care is vital. You don’t necessarily need an hour of free time but a period where you can distress and relax.

Q. What are 3 things every business owner should re-evaluate in the fall?

A. It is a good idea to have a look at your goals/dreams quarterly in business and/or in your personal life.

  • Are you on track?
    • If so what went right? If not what do you need to attend to?
  • Is what I am doing bringing me happiness?
  • Am I doing what I am meant to be doing?

Jennifer Priest
Ring: 604-619-6437

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