The 12 Lists series is a monthly list-making series I created along with my sister, Gillian from Chez Gillian, for those who love writing lists like I do. Each month we announce the topic, write our lists accordingly, and invite you to do the same on your blog. You are welcome to add your post to the link-up below so we can get to know you a little better, one list at a time. This month’s topic is simple: your best back to school tips.
Reuse what you can – Everyone always goes crazy in the back-to-school section this time of year, but how many of us really need entirely new supplies? The pens and paper I used three months ago haven’t expired, right? Try to be mindful of what your needs are and don’t clutter your home with unnecessary products just because the commercials make it look so fun. If you’re craving some newness, freshen up your notebooks with some decals or markers.
Give yourself time to transition – I am always surprised by how long it takes my body to get on board with new schedules. If you’re like me, you’ve been sleeping in a bit more over the summer and letting yourself lazy around a bit. Getting back into the swing of things takes time. Don’t rush yourself! Remind yourself that it always takes us a little longer than we’d like to move through transitions into our new routines.
Get ahead – OK, my nerdy friends. One way you can help yourself get past this transition is to dedicate time to getting your mindset right. School is starting and resisting it will just make the transition all that much harder. I prefer to get a head start on my assignments, just to get the juices going again and to help ease my schedule a bit once things really start to pick up later in the semester.
Plan self-care in with your assignments – This is the most important tip I could offer anyone who is heading back in to school right now. It can be so easy to de-prioritize our self-care when faced with all the responsibilities of a school year, but how can we expect to do well in school if we are running ourselves into the ground? Along with your weekly tasks, put a little “me time” in between your assignments. Even short stretch sessions in between your reading will help you feel ready to take on your work without sacrificing your health. Check out my healthy coping techniques for some ideas.
Be present – Even if you’re not in love with every class you’re signed up for or your schedule is feeling really hectic with all your other responsibilities, choose to be present. It is such an enormous privilege to be in school and learning can take on surprising forms. If your heart isn’t in what you’re doing, try to find a way to make it work for you. Along with showing up to class physically, keep an open mind to whatever you may learn from the texts you read and from your fellow classmates.
So tell me, what are your best back to school tips?
Check out Gillian’s list, make a list of your own, share it on your blog, and be sure to submit your post to the link-up below (using #12lists2016 on social media). Feel free to use the post header provided, just be sure to link to the original posts. Happy list-making!