After a long summer break full of sleeping in and lazy days, it can be a real challenge trying to get back your study mojo and productivity levels back to normal. You may have had an amazing break and a brilliant summer to remember, but now it’s time to get back to reality and hit the books again - here’s some tips on how to make that transition just that little bit easier!
1) Make a to-do list - being organized is absolutely key to getting out of summer mode. Note down all the things you need to do like getting a new school bag, stationary, books, all the schools essentials as well as other things like getting a haircut or seeing an important person before you start school again - you can even give yourself a deadline if you like. Prioritize what you need to do and once all of it is done, give yourself a well deserved break!
2) Adjust your body clock - if you’re anything like me during the vacation, your bedtime will have been a long time past midnight every night and waking up time will be no earlier than 10AM. Of course, this is not a sustainable sleeping schedule so make sure you re-adjust sleeping and waking up times during the last week of the break. Giving yourself a week to do so means you can gradually sleep earlier and gradually wake up earlier so that your body clock doesn’t go into complete shock!
3) Create a sustainable routine - make sure you prepare yourself to mentally and physically fit for getting back into studying. Prepare all that you can the night before so you don’t have to rush and start each day after a good night’s sleep with a good breakfast, and set up an exercise plan so that your body is healthy. Consistency is key - keep this up!
4) Limit computer and television use - it can be easy to laze around and procrastinate when you have distracting technology around. These days, an urge to update your Facebook or Twitter seems to be heavy on people’s minds but remember that such activities can eat up a lot of your time and you may suffer from technology withdrawal once term time comes around, so remember to use it, but use it in moderation!
5) Hit the books - whilst you may have already been reading over the summer, there’s no harm in throwing yourself into a good book! Doing so will help you get back into a studious focus and help you concentrate for when you have to start on the textbooks again. You can stimulate your mind with awesome facts if you go for non-fiction or go into a completely different world with a tantalizing fiction book.
So, who’s ready for school once again?