The weather is still balmy and beautiful here in California, so if you're like me, you may be in denial that the lovely summertime is coming to a close. As we look ahead to a brand-new school year, it's always nice to look behind at the memories we have forged, and ahead to the excitement to come. There are always things we can be doing to streamline our lives these days (especially in this digital age), and preparation is key to doing so. Here are some of our best ideas and tips as you prepare for a brand-new school year!
-Get a whiteboard or a planner: If you're entering senior year, you're about to be bombarded with deadlines, papers, and meetings. Even if you're just a sophomore or junior, there are often multiple class schedules and places you need to be, and planning will help you be responsible and timely in your commitments. We love the Life Planners by Erin Condren, because of their ease of use, and their personalization. Although they are a bit pricey for a planner, we think you will find it indispensable! If you want to go the whiteboard route, get a larger sized one at an office supply store, and get colored markers so each area of your life can have a color: red for work, yellow for personal time, blue for school, etc. Enter in everything you can that you are aware of before the year starts, such as doctor appointments, report card days, or job interviews.
-Find someone you trust who can mentor you: Don't forget your parent or parents can be incredibly helpful! Often, parents are the ones who help you with some of the biggest decisions, so don't forget to include them. If you don't have a parent who is very available or who lives with you, consider finding an older student or family friend who can mentor you about some of the larger decisions. (Make sure it's an adult who is trustworthy, and never go to meet an older student or adult without the permission of a guardian, or without telling other people you are going). It also helps to find a mentor who is in the field you hope to study, such as a nurse or doctor, a teacher, etc. That way you can ask them career related questions and see if they have workplace advice.
-Set a budget and begin saving for college: It's never too early to begin saving and being responsible with your money. College often comes with a hefty set of expenses, and learning to manage your spending early on will only benefit you in positive ways. We love the You Need a Budget App, and the way it helps you see where you are spending your hard-earned cash. Another good way to prepare is by asking a trusted adult to help you learn to balance a checkbook, basics about investments, and how to do basic taxes. Even if you don't use these skills now, they are useful far into adulthood!
-Don't forget to make time for yourself: In the stress and work that comes with your high school years, there is also plenty of time for fun. Neglecting yourself will only create emotional and physical problems, and its important to remember that no matter your to-do list, taking care of yourself is also important. Remember to eat healthily, exercise, and meditate or pray often. These things will keep your sanity intact, and help you stay balanced in your personal and school life.
-Purge and Organize: The last tip we have for preparing for school would be to clean out those closets and drawers, and yes, even your car! If you have the extra money, try getting your car detailed, but if not, give it a great vacuuming and wipe it down with a car cleaning spray. Vacuum your bedroom and air out linens and mattresses. Toss old schoolwork and papers you don't need, and books you no longer use. Starting with a fresh and clean atmosphere will make you feel prepared right off the bat, and will also make you more efficient, because you won't be digging through piles of stuff!
Of course, one of the best things you can do during the school year is book a session with me! Booking early on has many benefits, but most of all, it gives you a higher chance of securing the date you want! Book today!