The sun is setting a little bit sooner, the mornings are looking a little bit darker and the Staples parking lot looks like a tailgating party. The start of school is upon us, and whether you’re leading the classroom or trudging back to a desk, now is the time to ensure you are ready to go. Rather than sulk in those summertime blues, use these five tips to help you prepare for your return:
1. Get back on a sleep schedule. It's easy to stay up later and sleep in during the summer. Start setting a bedtime for yourself and waking up earlier before it's time to go back so your body has a chance to adapt.
2. Make sure you’re eating breakfast. Avoid starting the school year off slowly! Get your brain and your metabolism off to a sharp start - don't maintain patterns of brunch or skipped meals - especially breakfast!
3. Start reading and writing. It doesn't have to be an essay or a textbook, but get your brain back in the habit of absorbing and processing information. Pick up that novel, the newspaper or even a magazine and get a head start on the workload that is ahead of you.
4. Get yourself organized. We don’t just mean cleaning out your closet. Here are some great organizational tools that can help with your back-to-school preparation:
Use a calendar. Write down your schedule ahead of time to help manage your time. If writing it down isn’t your thing, input your schedule on your computer or phone.
Use an accordion file folder. Keep your papers and work organized and sorted based on class, category or progress (i.e., "to do" or "completed").
Get a TrackR: keep all of your devices tracked to avoid the stress of leaving them behind or locating them (you can track textbooks, your backpack, etc.)
5. Set your DVR. Summertime means you may have spent some extra hours in front of the tube. Save your shows and movies for the weekend - keep the school days reserved for getting your work done to avoid distractions or low-quality work. It will be a treat to catch up when you're done with everything!