After a summer break, the first few days of a new school year can be a big adjustment. Help yourself by preparing now with these tips.
Get back into the routine. Start waking up at the time you need to get up to get ready for school or activities. Set your alarm and go through your school morning routine to be sure you’re adjusted. Work on getting to bed at a reasonable time as well.
Notify your employer. If you’ve been working over the summer, now is the time to speak to a manager about adjusting your shift times or to put in your notice. Give your employer plenty of time to rearrange schedules.
Organize your space. Get ready for homework by cleaning your accustomed study area. Make sure you have the space and materials you’ll need to be successful this year.
Gather supplies. Take the time to inventory your school supplies, from paper and notebooks to binder clips and calculators. Replace or purchase as needed.
Clean out your closet. Go through your clothes to see what you no longer need and what’s missing. Take advantage of any sales tax holidays and back-to-school sales to stock up.
Prepare for activities. Get ready for your extracurricular activities for the coming term by cleaning, repairing and replacing equipment as needed. Ensure you have the clothing and other items you’ll need.
Organize your schedule. If you haven’t previously done so, it’s not too late to find a homework and activity organizer that suits you. You may prefer a paper planner, a shared online calendar or an app for your phone or tablet. Whichever you choose, start off right by entering times and commitments you already know.
Prepack. Put all the items you’ll need the first day of school together. Put your supplies and materials in your bag and lay out the clothes you’ll wear. If you’ll take your lunch or other food, have the supplies on hand to reduce last-minute stress.
Make a dry run. If you will be taking a new route to school, driving to school for the first time or starting at a new building, make a practice trip to get the timing down and avoid any pitfalls.