School will soon be back in full swing, and whether you're a parent or headed back to school yourself, the new schedule will take some adjusting to. Fortunately, we've put together a school year survival guide for Rochester, Minnesota residents to help ease your transition. Just follow these five tips:
1. Establish a Routine for the School Year
People are creatures of habit and tend to thrive when they know what is expected of them each day. This is why you need to re-work your summer routine to make it more conducive to the school year.
To be most effective with your new routine, jot down a list of the things that you absolutely must do each day. Then, create a timeline for accomplishing each of these tasks. For the next few weeks, place your written daily routine in a place that you can easily see it, such as your bathroom mirror. This will help hold you accountable, and within a few weeks, your new routine will be second-nature.
2. Prep the Night Before
This means packing your bag, putting together lunches, and picking out what you want to wear the following day. If you're not a morning person, this will give you a much more relaxed start to your day and help ensure you have everything need.
3. Stock Up on Ready-to-go Breakfasts
If you want to have a good, productive day, it's always a good idea to start with a healthy breakfast. When you're running out the door, however, it's easy to skip the most important meal of the day. Try stocking your fridge and pantry each week with healthy, on-the-go breakfast items like yogurts, granola bars, fruits and single-serve juices.
4. Make Dinners with Leftovers in Mind
If you're like most people, you don't want to cook dinner every night. Make a few homemade meals each week that yield plenty of leftovers, and you'll save yourself the time and hassle of putting together a home cooked meal when you’re busy. You'll also be less likely to eat out, which will keep more money in your pocket.
5. Establish a Dedicated Study Space
Studying for a test or plowing through homework can be challenging if there are a number of distractions around your apartment home. Carve out a dedicated space to serve as a study zone, or take advantage of the community clubhouse at Springs at South Broadway. This convenient space includes free Wi-Fi and a coffee bar, making it an ideal place to study for those exams.
Do you have any other back-to-school tips? Let us know in the comments section!