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Summer Vacation

by Randall Craig on July 15, 2008

Filed in: Blog, Career Planning, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Planning

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The month of July is special, as it is the month when many people traditionally take their vacations. But it is special for another reason as well: it is the half-way point of the year. And while we might prefer to be sipping lemonade at the beach, it is a useful time to look at our progress as well.

Consider these three questions:

  • Am I happy with the progress that I am making this year on the job?
  • Am I spending as much time on “balance” activities as I would like?
  • Have I completed half of any personal objectives that I set for myself?

For many people, the year goes by without even a passing consideration to their progress towards their personal or professional goals. Thinking about them half-way through the year gives you a chance to re-commit to them, or change them.

This week’s action item: Go through your notes, your personnel reviews and your calendar, looking for the goals you had previously committed to. If some of them need to be changed, then change them. But more importantly, plan how these goals will be achieved during the next six months. Once this is done, you can truly enjoy your vacation.

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Randall Craig

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Randall has been advising on Web and Social Strategy since 1994 when he put the Toronto Star online, the Globe and Mail's GlobeInvestor/Globefund, several financial institutions, and about 100+ other major organizations. He is the author of seven books, including the recently released "Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business", and speaks across North America on Social Media and Web Strategy. More at and

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