Summer days slide away, like cold cream that runs off a cone and slips down between your fingers. Many of our breaks from work and school have come to a close, as a more responsible and scholastic September is knocking on this season’s door.
Use this transitional time as an opportunity to make your own “back-to-school” list, which can include your own tools and motivations for keeping your body healthy and your mind sharp.
Make A Reading List
Reading stimulates your mind and enhances your imagination. It doesn’t matter what you read, as long as you actually do it. Chances are you are reading this from a computer or a handheld device, but don’t let these pieces of modern convenience get in the way of classic and contemporary masterpieces.
Browse bookstores, or online book and e-book sites, to see all that our English language, or another, has to offer. Join a book club or enroll in a literature class if you have a hard time getting through books on your own. Short stories, poetry, articles and magazines can also help you make the most the time you set aside to read.
Organize Your Workspace
When your desk at school was the size of a cutting board, chances are it was not too difficult to arrange your crayons and smooth out your tracing paper. Yet you may not even be able to see the surface of your desk now, since its space has fallen beneath the cover of calendars and notebooks, stray pens and empty mugs, yesterday’s phone messages and today’s to-do lists.
You will find that if you take the time to organize your space, you will clear the physical and the mental clutter that can cloud your work, resulting in more productivity and creativity.
Get Out And Play
Yes, you need recess too. There are good reasons why kids go outside and play during the school day: physical movement, fresh air and social interaction, to name a few. Try to leave the office at least once during the day, and it’s even better if you can fit in a walk or even a run or cycle during your lunch break.
Modern jobs often require people to sit for long hours, so try to move around often, even if it means sitting on an exercise ball or standing up during phone calls, for example. Expending energy often creates more energy, so you will find that if you get out you won’t have to battle against an afternoon slump.
Don’t stop learning just because you’re not in school. Every day you have an opportunity to expand your horizons of knowledge and experience. Talk to people, read, react, ask questions, search for answers. Think about the world around you, and allow your curiosities to drive you in the direction of awareness.