As the countdown to the fall semester begins, consider these nine ideas to get refreshed, refilled and back on track!
1. Read that book you’ve been wanting to finish. Being overwhelmed with the school curriculum can make it seemingly impossible to cram another piece of material in your brain. Now’s the time to sit down and cozy up with that book you’ve been craving to finish!
2. Clean out your closet and donate clothes you no longer wear. Whether your fashion taste has changed, your closet has gotten too full or you’d just like to have more peace of mind going into the school year, set aside a day to go through your stuff and clear out that closet!
3. Dedicate yourself to spiritual discipline before things get crazy. With the school year in full force, it can be all too easy to fall off track with regular Bible reading, prayer and daily devotions. Start getting yourself into the habit of daily connection with the Lord now and get a head start on maintaining your spiritual health.
4. Connect/reconnect with family and friends on a meaningful level. Keeping relationships strong when you have school, work and other duties on your back can be a difficult balance. Now is the time to use the free time you have these days to be intentional about reconnecting and investing in those relationships that will hopefully only get stronger through the year—no matter how crazy things may get.
5. Reevaluate your priorities ahead. When we get caught in life’s demands pulling us in various directions, it can be easy to forget what’s most important and the “why” behind our actions. Before getting swept away into classes, use this time to reflect on the purpose behind where you’re headed and what priorities must stay intact going forward.
6. Reevaluate your boundaries. Knowing what to prioritize also begins with knowing when to say “no.” Start thinking about where you’d like to set up clear boundaries going into this next year, whether it be toxic relationships, procrastination, negative thought habits or bad spending habits. Write it down and dedicate yourself to it!
7. Create or tighten your budget. Speaking of spending habits, now is the perfect time to get ahead of your finances by setting up a monthly budget. Free programs like Mint.com can help you stay on track and even alert you when you’re overspending (trust us, we’re not judging).
8. Write yourself “Open when” notes. Not only is this a great form of self-care, but it’s also a thoughtful way to keep yourself motivated and encouraged when things get tough during the school year. Write letters to yourself addressed for specific moments such as “Open when you feel overwhelmed,” “Open when things didn’t go as planned,” “Open when you’re doubting yourself,” etc. You’ll be so glad you did.
9. Make some last-minute summer memories with these 50 Ways to Have the Best Summer Staycation!
What are some things you’re hoping to do before school kicks back into gear? Be sure to share your ideas with us and the rest of the PI community in the comments below!