It’s hard to believe we are talking about the turn of seasons, but crisp air and school days are just around the corner! As we move from the relaxation of summer break to the busyness of the fall months, productivity is the name of the game. How do we stay on task, stay productive, and create routines which help us keep on top of our responsibilities? Here are a few quick tips.
Ease into a morning routine
If you have been out of routine during summer, jumping right back into one might sound great – but it’s likely going to overwhelm you. Most people need to take slow, simple steps back to a routine. Implementing it all at once is a recipe for failure. Morning sets the tone for your day, so creating a morning routine that works for your stage and schedule is key. Think about what helps your day feel most successful: A workout? A great breakfast? Time in the Word? Find a way to integrate these into your morning gradually as fall approaches.
Back up your bedtime
If you want to succeed at that morning routine, bedtime is key! You can’t have a fall routine on a summer time schedule. Back up your bedtime by 15 minute increments. Black out curtains and no phones in the bedroom help as well, and magnesium is a great sleep supplement.
Create a list of things to do before fall/semester starts
You might feel the urgency of summer’s end and want to cram everything into that tiny span of time. Instead, make a list of everything you want to do and see before your schedule gets more cluttered.
Break your tasks down into manageable pieces
Too often, when resetting our schedule, we set ourselves up for failure by choosing tasks that are too big. To succeed at your new routine, break down each task or goal into smaller steps. For example, rather than ‘clean house’, break it into different areas of the house, and create steps for your cleaning process.
Assign space for people you love
As your schedule gets busier, connections made over the summer can start to fade. Be intentional by setting up weekly dates with people you want to stay in touch with, and schedule time for phone calls or writing letters.
Keep promises to yourself
The routines you establish will only function if you commit to follow through on them. Remember; the routines you create are for YOUR benefit! Keeping promises to yourself is the hardest for most people, but it’s most important if you want a smooth transition from summer to fall. Have tips for your own season? Share below!