The school year starts this week in several counties in Georgia. I can’t believe it. What happened to summer vacation lasting until after Labor Day? I know that schools in the south get out for the summer in mid-May and go back in session in August. I’m originally from the northeast so this seems very early to me.
My local grocery store has started stocking pens, pencils, assorted spiral notebooks and a few school supply organizers for those needing to grab a few necessary items.
Office supply stores are stocked full of every imaginable school supply and are having huge sales! Department stores are advertising special savings on back to school clothes.
I admit I still have a summer vacation mindset. I’m not ready to have to navigate heavier traffic because school is back in session. Nor am I ready for all the activities that come with the end of summer vacation.
Groups I’m involved with have taken the summer off and will now resume their meeting schedules. People will begin to get ready for the even busier fall season and upcoming holidays. Wow! I know that I have lots of commitments in the coming months, I was just enjoying the last few relaxing weeks (at least, I thought I had weeks left) of summer vacation.
Since this busy season is starting up, I decided to repost a wonderful article which talks about some great shortcuts when doing household chores. My personal favorite is the hack for making sure your furniture isn’t covered with pet hair. I have 2 adorable dogs which like to snuggle up on the furniture – usually when I’m not home. Since they shed like crazy this shortcut has saved me lots of time. Click here to read the article.
Are you getting your children ready to go back to school?
You probably have a list of things to get. I’d like to add one more. I recommend getting your student a paper planner made just for students. Although, I happily admit I have recommended it for some of my clients who are not students.
Did you know that paper planners are making a huge comeback? Click here to read an article about paper planners.
This article references planners for adults. There is a student planner which has won the Family Circle Award of excellence in 2016 and 2018. It is a wonderful planner for students of all ages. It was developed by an organizer friend of mine, Leslie Josel. Her company is Order Out of Chaos. This planner has space for students to keep track of all their class assignments and it even has space for the student to track their after-school activities. I particularly like this aspect of the planner because it encourages the student to be responsible for themselves. It teaches them to manage their time. There is even space to keep track of weekend activities. Here is a link to Leslie’s website where you can learn more about this fantastic planner.
I hope I’ve given you something to think about as summer vacation winds down and you get ready for this busy season of back to school or back to routine. I’d love to know if one of the simple hacks has saved you time or if the academic planner is a fit for your student.