This episode is all about thinking of your year in quarters, quintiles, or Seasons. It’s currently the end of the first quarter (or perhaps quintile, if you use my system!), so it seemed like a timely topic.
Confession: Unlike with my weeks / months / days, I do not have a clear and ritualized system in dealing with quintiles. That said, I definitely use the demarkations to divide my year into seasons of sorts.
Quarters/Quintiles to me are more about general themes. The episode goes into more detail, but here’s a summary . . .
Q1 – NEW YEAR quintile
the Fresh Start quintile! New year. During this quintile, I have a focus on setting up the new year. I create the year’s reading list, have global thoughts about travel during the year, and I make sure I understand school calendars etc.
Q2 – Academic wrap-up & spring quintile
For me, this quintile includes Spring Break to the end of school! During this period, I look forward to more social events, celebrations, plus there is often also often testing type stuff, assessing how things have gone academically, reflecting on what the ‘activity balance’ looked like at school.
At work, I actually handle a lot of parallel things — formal program evaluation committee meetings & writeups, plus prepping for new residents/academic year, etc.
This quintile also contains my birthday, Mother’s Day, and I often try to do “mommy days” with kids in this quintile
During Q2 my PLANNNG focus is – activities for rest of spring + planning out summer – camps, trips etc
During this quintile, I try to maximize outdoor activity when possible — lots of pool, beach time. Usually have at least one big family trip to look forward to.
I also often do a more ‘fun & frivolous’ reading list. Novels, beach reads, etc!
Q4 – FALL / BACK TO SCHOOL
Honestly for me, Quintile 4 is essentially why quintiles are preferable to traditional quarters. Otherwise, there’s no fanfare when school starts mid Aug and if you have kids – THERE SHOULD BE.
(Will I abolish the quintile system once kids out of school? Maybe!)
During this quintile, I get kids set up in activities (most don’t start until a bit after school is underway, which is a good thing.)
Focus on routine
Planning focus: In Q4, we solidify any thoughts around holiday plans & travel
Q5 – Reflection Season
Time to focus on yearly goals and long range planning
Set up new planner 🙂
Fam trip, focus on family + enjoyment
Read more self-development and “wintry” books
EVERY QUARTER I:
- look at next quarter’s call schedule/travel
- do a financial reconciliation with Josh
- set goals – personal, work, family, blog/pod – though definitely don’t always reach them 🙂
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