Make Going Back to School a Success!

alarm clock, bought from IKEA

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Its summer time, you’re outside enjoying the nice weather, hanging out with friends and don’t have a care in the world. The last thing on your mind is going to back to school. It is always fun but there are a few things that you can do to make life a little easier and your school year a little better.

Sleep – You have heard this over and over again that sleep is the best thing for you. But it is true; if you are lacking sleep it will make you cranky and will make it harder for you to concentrate on your schoolwork. Try and get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night so you can start you day off right.

Breakfast – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives your body the fuel that it needs so by mid-day you’re not feeling completely wiped out. Your breakfast meal doesn’t have to be bacon, eggs and pancakes; it could be fruit, cereal or oatmeal. If you are running let grab a banana or cereal bar that you can eat on the go.

Alarm Clocks – Don’t rely on someone else to get you up in the morning. Set two separate alarms, maybe one on your phone and a nightstand clock. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to get ready in the morning. Being in a rush can set your whole day of wrong.

Plan Ahead – Most people are not a “morning person.” On Sunday evenings lay out your clothes for the whole week and iron them. This will save you a lot of time throughout the week to focus on homework and afterschool activities. The night before back up your book bag and your lunch so the next morning all you have to do is get dressed.

Organized – Staying organized will be a key to a successful year. Use a calendar or notebook to write down homework assignments from each class, after school activities or important dates (exams, practice, etc.) Keep your room, book bag, and locker clean. You don’t want to be in between classes and can’t find the right book because your locker has garbage in it from last week.

This may seem like common sense, but you would not believe how people say they will do all these tips regularly and then something happens and it all goes down the drain. Taking the time to do these tips can make a huge difference between a good day and a bad one.

Pamela McCafferty

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