#3 Get Organized.
Now that you have less stuff (or better yet, as you go), take the time to find good systems to keep it organized. Good systems don’t have to cost a lot of money.
Good systems for your stuff:
Keep what you need every day easily accessible
Keep what you don’t need as often out of your daily space.
Make it easy to follow your own rules.
For example, if your rule is that dirty clothes go straight in the laundry basket, do you have a laundry basket close enough to just toss straight in?
I wish I had taken “before” pictures. I had some craft supplies that I use a few times a year right next to my desk, but things I use every day were hard to get to. A few of those shoebox size bins that you can find at the Dollar Tree really come in handy! I “leaned down” by sorting through all the supplies, throwing out broken stuff and pens that don’t work, and giving away extras. Then, a few repurposed containers and some fun with my label maker,
and I was all set! I know what I have, so I don’t buy what I don’t need.
For me, it works best to take one area at a time, and finish that area (as much as possible!) before moving on to the next.
#4 Get Healthy!
When we get busy in school, sometimes it is hard to make the good food and exercise decisions. Set yourself a goal to build some good health habits over the summer. It will be easier to do this while you don’t have school on your plate, and easier to stick with it when you go back to school if you have already gotten in the habit. And according to this report by the Center for Disease Control, healthy students do better in school.
Sounds to me like a way to #studysmarter without even studying! My advice: Pick one small goal, not several, and build on that. You’ll be more likely to stick it out. I finally got a FitBit last month and I’ve been gradually increasing my steps goal.
#5 Save money.
The new semester always seems to come with unexpected expenses, and financial strain is really stressful. Not so good for rocking your semester. Try to cut your spending down over the summer – when there are fewer financial surprises – and intentionally save for the Fall. Budget out your semester – even your Starbucks fund – and save with that goal in mind. I have a savings account through Capital One 360 that lets me set a goal, auto transfer savings each month, and see in my bank account my progress towards that goal. Since I do so much studying in cafes, I also redeemed my credit card rewards points for Starbucks Cards and am saving them for my fall Starbucks fund.
You don’t need to tackle everything on this list, but maybe you can pick one or two things to work on this month to help get ready for the fall.
What are you doing now to get straight A’s later?