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Tips of the Season
August - October 2015
Back to School and Back to RoutinesBack to School and Back to Routines.

Classes are ready to start around Houston. Football season is around the corner. Knowing its time to get back to routines is part of the end of Summer and the beginning of Fall. Our routines may have faltered during the hot Summer, but these tried and true routines make a difference in easing our stress. Back to school means back to routines for moms, dads and everyone!

Your Bedtime
Itís easy to get to bed later and later during the Summer. It stays light late and it is hard to wind down. Get started getting ready for bed earlier so you can get a great nightís rest. Most of us truly need 8 hours of sleep a night to do our best. There are lots of apps for tracking your sleep, like Sleep101 and Sleeptime. Tracking your sleep helps you be more aware of how your nightís rest affects the rest of your day.

Your Lists
There seems to be much more on our plate during this time of year. Make it easy with making lists. It takes a lot to keep remembering all that we need to do. Your list can be digital or paper. Write stuff down and then prioritize for the day. Your paper list can be on a clipboard or in a cute notebook. The favorite digital app is Evernote. When you are feeling overwhelmed itís time to add to your list and prioritize. Choosing 3 Most Important Tasks for a day insures you accomplish these priorities.

Organize and Take Stock
Stuff may get a little chaotic during the Summer. All of a sudden your closet, your supplies and your pantry are disorganized. Take a little time during August/September to get them back to their regular order. If you have clothes you have not worn all Summer, itís time to donate them. Gather your office and school supplies together. After this, you are ready to do some shopping for school.

Do you have a good routine for putting back your supplies? Simplify your access to items if you have trouble. Straighten items and review what is in your pantry. Create a checklist on paper or with an app to make shopping easier. Just giving each of these areas a little attention will make each day easier.

Plan with Your Planner
Summer fun is often spontaneous, but Fall has lots and lots of activities coming up. Get back to the routine of entering dates in your planner as soon as you know them. Enter all dates from the school calendar, sports calendars, church calendars and any other activities onto your planner so these are all consolidated. Check online on your school districtís site to consolidate all dates. Having all the dates in one spot makes it easy to see and know what is coming up.

Even if you are more free spirited, getting back to routines reminds us of resetting our homes and our time. Routines can make life easier, knowing you will be ready. With a reset like this, you are at your best for the coming school year.


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