Getting back into the school routine takes more than a single day. You may spend weeks or even months trying to find your groove. If you’re struggling to get back to a regular routine this year, try these smart strategies for a smoother transition.
Streamline the Daily Schedule
Make a note of the most hectic parts of your day and look for ways to streamline your schedule so you’re not so harried. If your mornings are a mess, set out clothes, pack lunches, and prepare backpacks the night before. If you’re fighting with the after school hustle to get everyone off to evening activities, prepare pre-made snacks for when the kids get home, designate a smart spot for sports and music equipment, and set up carpools to simplify your time management.
Organize Your Study Sessions
Make sure you have a planner or smartphone app that can accommodate all your scheduling needs. Look for a system that helps you plan everything from homework assignments and class schedules to meals and household chores. Break up big assignments into manageable chunks you work on throughout the week so you’re not cramming for that big test the night before.
Create a Productive Work Space
Identify the quietest corner of your apartment home and make this your designated work space. Equip it with all the tools you need, from a smartphone charger or computer to highlighters and sticky notes. With the right supplies on hand, you can take care of homework and other projects in no time.
Manage Your Meals Smartly
Plan the weeks’ meals ahead of time and decide how you’ll prepare them so you’re not rushing around at the last minute wondering what to eat. If you struggle to make filling breakfasts in the morning, consider freezing waffles, breakfast burritos, or sandwiches over the weekend to reheat throughout the week. You can prepare lunches and after school snacks ahead of time as well for more efficient meals every day.
Make Time to Unwind
Don’t get so caught up in the rush to get back to school that you forget to slow down and unwind. It’s great to get involved in a lot of activities, but you need family time that’s just for fun as well. Look for local events that will help you get out of the house and away from the grind.
Over Labor Day weekend, you can check out the 8th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival. The Pioneer Days Festival in Englewood offers exciting activities through September 5, while Music on Main in Lakewood Ranch features musical acts the first Friday of every month.
What are your best back-to-school tips for Bradenton and Sarasota students? Share your ideas in the comments section below.