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Back to School

This season for most of us is a time to reset and restrategise. We all know we have to buy a planner, avoid procrastinating etc but sometimes it feels like you have all this energy but no real sense of direction. So what can you do?

Here are 5 things that have helped me navigate the back to school season:

1) Build a daily routine

Having a daily routine can make you more productive and focused, especially during hectic times. This could consist of making a comprehensive daily or weekly to-do-list. Or it could be something as simple as waking up and going to bed at the same time everyday. You might have to work hard at it at first, but eventually it will become second nature and you'll be thanking your past self for being so forward thinking.

2) Make time in your day to do something that makes you happy

I saw a tweet the other day that said that we often feel exhausted not because we're doing too much, but because we're not doing enough of what sparks a light in us. It's easy to let work take over your life, and it's often the case that we end up tired and resentful of all our responsibilities. Taking 10 minutes of your day to do something that brings you a little bit of joy gives you something to look forward to and makes getting through the day that bit easier.

3) Write down your goals and make a plan

Think about what you would like to accomplish before the end of the month. Take note of your starting point, and think about the practical steps to get to where you want to go. What resources will you need? Who will you need to talk to? How long will it take? And this doesn’t need to be a concrete bullet-point list, maybe mood boards are your thing. It’s not set in stone because your goals and plans might change, but it does give you a place to start.

4) Start something new

Whether you are looking to secure a grad job in tech, or make it big off of your side hustle, learning and mastering a skill will give you that extra edge over those who don’t. On the flip side, learning something new can just be for your own satisfaction and enjoyment. So you can take up baking or start learning a new language to really commemorate the beginning of a new season.

5) Self-Care

Whilst being productive and proactive is key to succeeding, striking a balance between being on the go and taking time to rest is paramount to your wellbeing. Go for that walk, call your friend for a venting session, run that bath; whatever it is that works for you. And always ask for support when you need it, it’s the healthiest thing you can do.

That back to work feeling can be demoralising, stressful and daunting. But it's also an opportunity to take stock of how far you’ve come, prepare, plan and look forward to all that you will achieve. Best of luck!