5 Ways to Make the Most of Back-to-School Season

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe back-to-school season is upon us and even if you don’t have children sporting new backpacks and notebooks, this can be a season of renewal.  How?

Here are 5 ways to make the most of the back-to-school season:

Buy Some New Supplies
While you may not need 24 #2 pencils, refreshing your supplies is an easy way to instantly feel more organized and motivated.  Look for supplies that will bring a smile to your face even when your day is chaotic like designer files or colorful paperclips.  Need some inspiration?  Checkout these cool office supplies from xoJane.com. And don’t forget your backpack–OK, maybe not a backpack, but the back-to-school season is the perfect time to find a new bag to take with you on your daily adventures.

Create a Launch Zone
When you look for parent back-to-school tips almost every article has something about creating a space for backpacks, sports equipment, etc.  This helps get kids out the door fast and helps parents better manage morning chaos.  But, couldn’t we all use a “launch zone” to start our day?  Find a place in your home where you can drop your bag, keys and shoes at the end of the day.  Also, before you go to bed, make sure everything you need to take with you in the morning is in your launch zone (presentation outline, prescription you need to get filled, keys)–you can simply grab & go without that nagging feeling you are forgetting something.

Re-establish Routines
Even if you don’t have children, the summer months are a time when we all enjoy more relaxed schedules.  But, studies show that predictable routines actually improve your mental and physical well being and as the weather turns colder, consider re-establishing your regular daily schedule.  Get up at the same time every morning, create regular meal times and start an “end-of-the-day” ritual that will help your body and mind slow down from the day.

Get a Physical
Kids have to get physicals before the start of every school year and so should we.  If you haven’t already done so, use this back-to-school season as a reminder to schedule a physical, make a dental appointment or even see the optometrist.  Keeping yourself healthy will not only make the entire year go well, but will keep you at the top of your game.

Start A New Project
We love this idea from Maria Shriver:  “Whether it’s in your home life or your professional life, complete a small project that gives you back a few minutes every day or eliminates that nagging feeling every time you see that sticky note stuck to your computer reminding you to make your son an appointment at the eye doctor.”  Notice she uses the word “small project”–think of those things that once checked off the “to do” list will make your entire life easier, such as organizing your desktop, cleaning out the hall closet or downloading all those photos from your smartphone.

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