Why choosing a word for the quarter is better than choosing a word for the whole year

There’s been a big buzz the last few years about choosing your ‘word’ for the year. Your word is what you are supposed to anchor your intentions and goals around from January to December.

I don’t know about you, but January me is usually in a completely different place than October me. That’s why in 2018 I adopted a new practice, choosing a word for each quarter. This keeps my goals in life and business aligned with my mission and vision and helps me lean into the natural flow between seasons.

My word for Q4 2018 is: Savor

Align it up!

Raise your hand if you’ve been personally victimized by misalignment.

*Raises both hands*

It’s something we run into ALL. THE. TIME. as women. That’s because we’re doing life at the speed of light. We are constantly reading books, listening to podcasts, taking courses, and networking to better ourselves.

And with that comes a metric f*ck-ton of alignment work. With social media at our finger tips constantly, we are especially susceptible to shiny object syndrome, and unless we’re vigilant, it can be downright hard to remain aligned, and even harder to re-align when things go off the rails.

Choosing a word for the quarter makes it so much easier to combat shiny object syndrome, and therefore remain aligned. This is because we only need to focus on one area at a time, three months at at time. Which is much less pressure than having to be your January self come Q3.

Quick Action Tip:

Choose Your word for the next quarter - Grab my free quarterly word planner here (print or fill it out right on your computer) and jot down projects you have coming up, people you want to connect with, self-care you want to practice, how you want to encourage others, life stuff you have going on, and how you want to feel at the end of the quarter.

Give your list a once-over to see what themes start to emerge. Maybe you’re focused on growth, maybe you’re coming off of a busy holiday season and you want to slow down a bit. Whatever it is, just know that you have a fresh start again next quarter.

Go With The Flow

Just like the actual seasons, we flow through seasons as women.

In the Winter, I am usually plotting, planning, and strategizing. By Spring I am ready to purge old things that no longer serve me. In the Summer I am hustling hard and getting shit done. And in the Fall I’m ready to slow down, savor the season, and reflect.

Choosing a word for each quarter gives you permission to lean into the natural ebb and flow of your life. Your seasonal shifts might look different than mine or someone else’s, but take some time and choose your word based on the natural flow of your life.

Quick Action Tip:

Add your quarterly planning and goal setting sessions to your planner right now so you don’t have to remember later in the year. Make a special note to choose your word too!

Permission Makes Progress

There are two types of people I’ve seen when it comes to yearly word choosers.

  1. You set your word for the year and never think about it again

  2. You don’t set your word at all because you cannot possibly narrow it down to just one word for the entire year

If you’re in camp one, you are so not alone. As 2019 goal setting starts to come more into focus there will be a buzz around choosing your word for the year. Once that excitement settles down, you won’t hear much about it again until next year. You have really great intentions, but when it comes to keeping your word top of mind as you set goals and make decisions throughout the year, it’s just really easy to forget.

If you’re in camp two, you are in good company! You might beat yourself up a bit for not being focused enough, or strategic enough. January you is a lot more planning focused than June you. I get it! When you choose a word every quarter, it gives you permission for a fresh start every three months, and means you have four different feelings you can focus your energy on (creatives everywhere breathe a sigh of relief!).

Quick Action Tip:

Check in with your word weekly! Make a date to remind yourself what your word for the quarter is, and ask yourself how you’re living that out. It’s a great way to keep your word top of mind as you make plans.