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Five tips to better launch your second quarter, by David S. Allen

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Don’t look now but one fourth of 2015 is in the books and we’re in the first full week of quarter number two. What can we do to get the second quarter off to a solid start? Here are some ideas.

--Stop and think. The beginning of a quarter is a nice time to consider the previous 90 days and to look ahead to the next 90. What worked? What didn’t? What needs to start? What needs to stop?

--Know what NOT to do. Time is a fleeting resource. People who make the most of their time know how to wisely use that resource. Their focus is on systems and processes that move them toward accomplishing goals. They not only know what to do, they know what not to do. Knowing what not to do is a big step toward getting important things get done.

--Revisit goals and tweak if necessary. Look at those New Year’s goals or resolutions. I did that this week and it wasn’t easy. There is one year-long goal that was a first-quarter failure. The good news: I recognized that at the end of 2015’s first quarter and not at the end of the year. So, I will make some schedule adjustments and get that goal back on track.

--Just start. If you have a project so daunting that you don’t even know where to start, do what the experts suggest. Just start. They say there is great power in the simple act of beginning.

--Do something. I read this last year and it has stuck with me. “You have plans. You have goals. You have ideas. Who cares? You have nothing until you actually do something.” Success favors those who take action.