Reenergize For Work With These Five Back To School Rituals

August 22, 2012  |  

It’s that time of year, again. Cool air mixing in with summer heat and the flock of yellow school buses clogging up your morning commute can only mean one thing: back-to-school season is upon us.

One of the drawbacks of adulthood (right below not having a summer vacation) is missing out on the fresh start that comes with a new school year. But just because you’re all grown up doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the new energy this time of year gives students. Reliving these childhood rituals can give you the fresh start going back to school brings.

1. New Clothes 

Back to school shopping takes on a whole new meaning when you’re a teenager. It wasn’t just about buying clothes; it was about creating an image. Clothes change how others view you and how you view yourself. It’s as true today as it was in high school. The stores are already rolling out fall fashions. Splurge on a new jacket or a versatile outfit that captures your vision for fall.

2. New Lunchbox… And Diet to Match 

Take it back to elementary school and ditch the grocery bag for a cute lunchbox your younger self would be proud of. While you’re at, take the time to reevaluate what you put in it. There’s no need to wait until New Year’s to start eating right. There are all types of bags and containers to accommodate healthier food options.

3. New Office Supplies 

Something about a fresh notebook sets my heart aflutter. It may sound kooky, but a blank notebook always makes me optimistic; it’s a literal blank slate. Get rid of the baggage from this summer’s workload by replacing dried out ink pens, messy notebooks, and broken supplies with new tools for your trade. Have a little fun with bright colors and designs that perk up your workspace.

4. Decorate Your Space

The holy grail of high school was getting your own locker, and decorating your space was not to be half-stepped. Apply that sense of pride to your office. You spend most of your day there, anyway. Decorate your workspace with images that inspire and energize you.

5. New Schedule

You may not be able to switch homerooms anymore, but you can spice up your routine. Try taking a later lunch to miss the midday rush. Or institute your own free period. A quick walk around the block during the second half the day can do wonders for your mood.

Cortney Cleveland is a freelance writer and content strategist making her way in New York City. You can follow her on Twitter @CleveInTheCity and visit her personal column The Red Read.

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