It’s mid-August my friends and that can only mean one thing… school is upon us! (How did summer fly past so quickly?!) No worries, don’t panic. Whether you, your kids, or your spouse are hitting the books again, we think everyone can benefit from these 4 tips on how to beat the back-to-school blues and start out the school year on the right foot!

Finish Your Summer To-do List

Nothing feels better than being able to cross that final “to do” off of your list and then shred the list all together. What an accomplishment! All of those tasks that you set out to accomplish during the summer will haunt you until they are finished. Start the school year off on the right foot without anything hanging over your head. Our Director of Marketing shares her tips on how to do this, “Every evening before winding down for the day I make a ‘to do’ list for the following day. The things at the top MUST be accomplished the next day and then those listed at the bottom are long-term goals or projects that I need to keep in mind or make slow progress on. It keeps me on task and feels good to cross off each task as I complete them.”

Get In Touch

Reach out to your advisor, professors, classmates, or the parents of kids in your child’s class. Touch base and catch up. Find out what has been going on with them and let them know what has been going on with you. Reaching out and nurturing these relationships will not only help you emotionally because you will have supporters during this process, but also if you need some assistance or to ask a favor of someone down the road you have options. If you nurture these relationships and make yourself available for others when they might need someone to lean on, you create a support system which is crucial when striving for success.

Plan It Out

Grab your Google Calendar or do it the old fashioned way and purchase a planner. Mark all of the school holidays, vacations (start out with the fun reminders, of course), class schedules, and reminders. The best way to start off the school year is on the right foot and if you begin planning ahead, you won’t let anything fall between the cracks and forget a meeting or big project. Make sure to always update it so that nothing is missed.

Set Your Alarm

Get back in the groove. Before those mandatory early morning wake-up calls come in, warm yourself up to the idea of waking up and not pressing the snooze button. At least a week before class starts, begin conditioning your body to go to bed earlier (don’t stay up until 2am watching Netflix!) and wake up at a reasonable time without snoozing your alarm 5 times. This will make getting back into the swing of things a whole lot easier as you won’t be exhausted when it’s time to sit in a lecture or wake up to drive those kids to school. (No one wants to be sleep deprived and grouchy…so start conditioning your body now!)

Best of luck this school year. Happy studying!