You know what’s cool about the start of a new school year? It is similar to the calendar “New Year” – it represents new beginnings, the hope of a year filled with fun experiences with friends, plans for hitting the ground running, shopping for school clothes and supplies – who doesn’t love a bunch of new pens and mechanical pencils – I still do!
Here are some of my own been there-done that tips for your new school year:
- Get Involved!
The best way to stay present and connected is to get involved. If you are not already part of a team, or other school activity or club, join or start one. Get involved with ASB.
- Start / Join a Study Group
Not only will you have fun, possibly make new friends, and get your work done on a regular basis, you will ultimately absorb and learn more. Study groups have students at different levels so it helps those that may not completely understand certain concepts. Study groups – done right – are especially helpful for those that have a particularly hard time focusing.
- Start the Year with Good Habits – Buy or Make a Planner
Make sure it includes a habit tracker. Track all kinds of things – water intake, exercise, study times – things that you want to do or keep track of on a regular basis.
On your calendar, mark out blocks of time for each assignment and other regularly scheduled commitments. Plan manageable chunks of time to work, not one big marathon. Use color-coding for each subject.
Spoiler alert: My senior team members get customized planners!!!
- Study Space
Create the space to get your work done. A space that is comfortable and without distractions. Enjoy background music? Create a playlist of music that will keep you energized, but not distracted. If Mom isn’t going to call – put your phone on do not disturb for short blocks of time.
Make sure to schedule and take breaks every half an hour, but true breaks – check your phone for calls or texts you need to attend to but don’t camp out on your phone and get sucked into that rabbit hole. Meditate for five minutes, do 10 burpees, get a refill on your beverage, hug your pet, go for walk or stretch – maybe even take a three-minute dance break to get your energy level back to full.
- Stay Away from Drama
Surround yourself with positive people – find your tribe – “we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
- Allow Yourself Some Quiet Time
Just because you don’t have plans on a Friday night does not mean anything other than – it’s a great time to regenerate from a long week of school and practice some self-care.
HAPPY NEW (SCHOOL) YEAR!
I hope you have a great and memorable year!