Glitter Guide contributor, Kara Stout, is back to help prep you for the new semester ahead! Her 10 tricks below promise to arm you with all the enthusiasm you need to get things done. Not heading back to class this season? Even if you’re starting a new job, or just looking to turn over a new leaf as a mom or entrepreneur, these suggestions can all be shifted to post-grad situations, as they can help you refocus and rediscover your own energy source!
You’ve had a great summer, but now it’s time to head back to school for a new year full of possibilities and opportunities. Making this transition calls for some surefire tips to help prepare you for an amazing and successful school year ahead, and you can get my top 10 strategies below!
- Stocking up on new school and office supplies is a given and a must. There’s something about brand new school supplies that always gets us giddy and excited. Not to mention, it helps us start the year off prepared and organized. There’s also something about a brand-new planner with all that clean, open space ready to be filled in. Happily, cute planners are available practically everywhere. They help make planning your days a blast. People are more motivated and productive when they plan out their days, stick to a schedule and keep track of assignments, tests and projects.
- Clean and freshen up your dorm, apartment or living space. A clean, organized space can help you focus and decrease stress.
- Decorate with some inspirational wall art, favorite quotes or pretty plants. Plants not only enrich the oxygen content in your home, but they also bring a lot of happiness to your space.
- Write down your goals for this new year. Think of your top three goals and write them down. Also, think about what subjects you really want to learn more about or maybe a new hobby you want to start, like drawing or photography. Write these down, too. Writing down your goals gives you a clear direction, helps you stay motivated and gets you excited for all your potential!
- Purchase a new journal. At first, you may dread the thought of more writing. However, journaling through a school year can be so rewarding and therapeutic. Jotting down thoughts, experiences, struggles, joys and accomplishments helps decrease stress. Plus, you get some daily quiet time just for you.
- Start a study group. Studying with friends and classmates can help you ace that crazy hard test. It’s also a great way to hold each other accountable and keep each other on track to finish assignments. Study groups also give you a glimpse into what it will be like working with others in your future career.
- Prioritize your health. Eating well and exercising will help you focus, decrease stress and give you energy to get everything done. You can purchase a new kitchen gadget, like a spiralizer, to get in more veggies and make super easy and quick meals. Or look up classes your gym offers or studios near you and take note of times that will work for your schedule.
- Stock up on clean, healthy snacks to throw in your bag. Look for healthy protein bars that are naturally sweetened and have no artificial sweeteners, make a homemade trail mix of raw nuts, dried fruit and some dark chocolate chips, or fruit is always good to have on hand! You want to choose snacks that give you fuel and energy for the day.
- Get rest. Easier said than done, we know. But, it’s so important to allow time for rest, play and sleep. This will not only help you focus in class and help you get through your schoolwork more easily (without those 10 cups of coffee!), but you will also enjoy this time more as a student.
- Last, but not least, get some new chic and comfy outfits for a stylish school year. It’s the perfect excuse to go shopping! Think: Practical and fashionable. Choose items like cardigans, casually cute shoes, layers (for those cold classrooms), jeans, casual dresses and a new book bag.