Why September Is The Best Month For Setting Goals


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Back to school, starting University, a new season. A lot is happening in September, it’s a month with serious potential. And we don’t just mean building your fall wardrobe (although I’m loving everything in stores at the moment!) we mean revisiting goals, making plans, starting fresh.

Science has shown that we find it easier to be productive when we believe we are a ‘new’ person. That’s why we always start the new year with great expectations of ourselves. We believe we are transformed! September is no different, summer is over, we have a new and fresh perspective. Here are a few reasons why September is the season of new beginnings.

1. We’re all trained to be in the back-to-school mindset

For years of our lives, the end of August symbolized a new beginning. Whether you are going to University or have been working all summer, some of that feeling remains. Back to school meant new stationery, seeing friends, new gossip, new goals, and a new term. Nowadays it could mean rethinking your current strategy, investing in a planner, getting organized, start the new season with a pep in your step, we’re trained to be in that mindset.

2. Starting now gets you ahead of the game

Most of us coast through the year, only realizing by November that the end of the year is approaching and we’ve not completed our goals. If you sit down, evaluate your goals and set some markers for the rest of the year,  you’ll be ahead of everybody else and probably won’t even need to make the same New Year’s resolution you always do.

3. Science says successful people set goals

Researchers found that people who set small goals, achieve them and get praise did much better than those who didn’t. Just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions, perhaps because we give ourselves such a long time to complete them. A whole year is just too long! Looking over everything you’ve done, finding new challenges, better ways to do things and creating manageable goals is the best way to be successful. Plus there are lots of new courses launching in September that will help you realize your success.

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  • Elishia

    September is a great reset button, I left uni 6 years ago and I still feel as though I should be preparing for a productive new year :)


  • Melissa Opdebeeck

    Thank you for this wake up call! after a few years of leaving university, I get a little bit lazy from time to time.
    It is always good to evaluate your goals and make adjustments to them.


  • Amy Sewell

    So true! Even though I am long out of school, the “new year” is always a great time to set goals and prepare to finish the year strong!

  • Tuedor Wright

    Love the title, I am bias – this is my month, virgos baby. I don’t know anything about signs tho! 😑

  • Peppermint Dolly

    I am all about setting goals! It really helps focus the mind!



  • Camille Beygui

    Awesome post

  • Danielle

    This is honesty so true and makes me realize how setting large goals in January has generally set me up for failure! I should make quarterly or seasonal goals… hmm…
    Danielle @ afloat on a full sea

  • Vera Sawicki

    This is such a great post!

    Blonde in Cashmere

  • Tess_Sequins are the New Black

    Writing down my goals is the only way I make it happen! Great post <3
    xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black

  • YouTube “Travel with Alexis”

    Love the cool air in September. Fall foliage is coming soon…can’t wait. Love this post. Completely agree that September is a perfect month for a new beginning!!
    xx Alexis

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