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Tuesday
Sep042018

How to Do Success Check-In to Make Transitions Easier

While fall won’t officially arrive for another few weeks, all signs point heavily to its unofficial start. School buses are once again visible, parents are adjusting to new schedules, and kids are toting new supplies and backpacks. The last few summer gatherings and BBQs have been enjoyed. For the northeasterners, some leaf color changes are beginning to appear. We’re in the midst of transition, which for most of us can feel uncomfortable.  We finally adjusted to summer and now everything is changing, yet again. This is the perfect time to do a success check-in. You might be wondering what is that? I’m glad you asked.

A success check-in is a way of revisiting past successes, appreciating and learning from any failures, and building upon those discoveries to reset for the next phase. You’ve heard this before that success breeds more success. Drawing on your positive experiences will be the fuel needed to help you navigate transitions more easily. 

 

The Success Check-in

Here ‘s the good news. The success review doesn’t have to be time consuming or formal. It can be fun! All that’s needed is your willingness to do a bit of thinking. Consider this like taking a walk down memory lane. I like to write thoughts down, but that’s not essential. Just thinking is valuable too. Another thing that might help jog your memory is to look at any photos you took over the summer. That helped me and had the added bonus of getting to relive some of those happy experiences again. Do what works for you. There are no rules here, but if it helps, here are a few questions you can use to get things going.

 

Think about  . . .

What did you do this summer?
What projects did you start?
What projects did you complete?
Where did you travel?
What new learning did you have?
Did you spend time with family or friends?
Did you have time for yourself?
What kind of self-care did you engage in?
What was your favorite day?
What made it significant?
Was there anything you noticed?
What failures did you have? 
What did you learn from them?

 

What Made Summer a Success?

I’ll admit that I loved this summer and that I’m not quite ready to say my goodbyes. After having an intense year, I appreciated the ease of this season.  For me, summer had a great mix of experiences. Some were solitary and others were spent enjoying and helping people.  I had time with family and friends, traveled, explored new places, hiked up a mountain, had a tag sale, spent time at the beach, dipped my toes in the Croton River, digitized our home movies, started some house projects, helped clients with their organizing projects and goals (virtually and in-person), completed a new webinar about change for the ICD (Institute for Challenging Disorganization) that I’ll be presenting in a few weeks. I ran out of time to kayak on the Hudson River, visit Playland, take more walks, and complete some home projects. The good news is that I get to reset my goals and plan for the fall.

 

Creating a new webinar about change for ICD's virtual conference was one of my summer projects. To learn more about it, check out this interview . . .

 

 

Exploring new places like Monhegan Island in Maine was one of the summer highlights

One of my favorite days was exploring Monhegan Island with my husband. I loved the beautiful landscapes and quiet, since there are no cars allowed on the island. It was such a peaceful place. When my mind gets busy, I think back to sitting on top of the cliffs overlooking the sea with only the sounds of the waves crashing, the gentle breeze blowing, and the seagulls squawking. 

With thoughts of summer successes on my mind, I’m ready now to embrace the new season of learning and adventure. I encourage you to do your success check-in. What was your favorite summer experience or moment? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!

 

 

 

 

 

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Linda, I just love this idea! I usually do a "goals review" at the end of the calendar year, but this has a much more positive focus.

One of the highlights of my summer was going to a photography workshop at Mt. Nemo Conservation Area with my friend Susanna, followed by brunch at Wundeba. I've never been to either place before, nor to a live photography workshop, so it was a wonderful way to spend part of a summer day.

September 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- I'm glad you like the positive focus. A year end review is a wonderful thing to do too. The the success check-in, we have the opportunity to do this with the change of each season. It gives a positive boost more than once a year.

Thank you for sharing your amazing summer highlight! I can only imagine how incredible it was to be in new places that were visually stimulating and then combine that with creative learning. Wonderful!

September 5, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

It was! And there's another workshop coming up next month. It's farther away so I've been hesitant to sign up because it means getting away very early in the morning, but this reflection has me thinking it will be worth it, so thank you so much for your inspiring post.

September 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- As my dad used to say, "Go for it!" This past year I missed going to as many conferences as I usually do. I love learning, meeting new people, and connecting with old friends and colleagues. But other things took my time and attention. So this year, I'm looking forward to several learning times including a few organizing conferences and one on mindfulness. While living in the present is important for many reasons, it's also great to have things to have nourishing things to look forward to. I hope you decide to go to your workshop. If it's such an early start would it be worth staying over the night before? Just throwing it out there.

September 5, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Oh, it's not THAT far - less than an hour drive - but it starts at 8:30 AM. It would really just mean getting my act in gear super early for a Sunday!

September 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- Ahhh. Got it! I know how precious our weekend mornings are. I'm sure you'll weigh the pros and cons...and figure things out. :)

September 6, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Love the idea you shared with us. I love learning, meeting new people, and connecting with old friends and colleagues. Thanks for this.

September 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Jones

@David- Thanks so much for sharing.

September 8, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

What a wonderful concept - the success check-in. It is so important to take intentional moments to celebrate success, and to let those emotions spur us on to whatever is next. My big summer accomplishment was throwing a destination wedding for my oldest. That came early in June, and it took me awhile to climb back up onto the "back to life" horse and feel in control again. We are getting ready to throw a local party for the bride and groom in a couple of weeks, and that will bring this wedding season to a close. I loved being a part of our local NAPO Chapter's Dream Garage Makeover contest, and bringing a beautiful garage to the lucky winner. I spent as much time as I could on the beach, and I worked with some wonderful new clients on unpacking and redesigning and basic organizing - all of which I loved! Having my daughter home for 6 weeks while she did an internship at NYU Langone was a special treat as well:)

September 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- WOW!!! So many wonderful things to celebrate. I think I've said it, but let me say it again...Congratulations on your daughter's wedding and on all of the planning and love you put into making the destination wedding. I remember seeing some of the photos that you posted and everyone and everything looked so beautiful and love-filled. I can also understand how challenging it must have been to return "to life," after such an intense focus. Lovely that you have more newleywed celebration to look forward to. What an exciting project you did with your NAPO-CT colleagues! I watched the video and it was truly amazing what your group accomplished. Impressive teamwork and results! It sure sounds like with these summer experiences along with other time spent with nature, family, and clients, you sure had a beautiful and successful summer. Thank you for sharing.

September 10, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I was dealing with transitions all summer long. My son started college this August so we were preparing to gather all the things he would need. My daughter scheduled a bunch of college tours, so we were traveling to different states and looking at different opportunities for her. We had a graduation party for my son, the birthday party for my daughter, and many family gathering. We had only a few times to get away for a long weekend, but it was to be expected so no regrets there. We were able to visit a museum with my daughter.

This fall is the time to experience lasts for my daughter. Last band camp, last high school marching band season, etc... I am making a point to enjoy and observe it all.

September 11, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

@Sabrina-Ohhhh. As you describe your summer, you bring me back to those years with our daughters as they prepared for the next phase of their lives. Such precious time. I love how you allowed the time to be with your family this summer and enjoy the time as it was. Once the kids leave the nest, things shift. So soak it all in. Enjoy the lasts with your daughter. Your kids are so lucky to have your time, attention, and focus.

September 11, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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