How is it mid-July already?! Now that we’re about halfway through summer break, you may find yourself starting to think about the upcoming school year. 

If that’s you, I want to share four Anti-Boring tenets students can use to prepare for the upcoming semester or anything big, or scary, or stressful they have coming up to ensure they are prepared to start strong. 

As an added bonus, these four tips are multipurpose and can be used by us educators, too! I used them to prepare for my recent surgery, and it made the entire process smoother and more manageable.

Click the image below to watch today’s video … or read on for a brief summary.

In this video, I share 4 tips from my Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying that I used to prep for my surgery and that you can use to prep for the upcoming school year.

4 Tips to Help You Prepare for the New School Year…or anything big!

  • Tip #1: Make sure you get the right tools before you need them.
    Think through as many scenarios as you can and buy all the supplies you might need…so when inspiration strikes (or a need arises), you are prepared!
  • Tip #2: Think through routines with more detail than you think is necessary.
  • Tip #3: Be brave and proactive about using your team
    Remember, you know more completely what you need and when you need it than anyone else does…so ask for what you need and learn to be your own advocate. It can feel scary at first, but like any muscle, your self-advocacy muscle will get stronger the more you use it.
  • Tip #4: Learn how to shift your self-talk to shift the fear and dread
    What gentle reframing can you use to ease the fear and dread and change your emotional connection to a situation or event?

Scripts You Can Use to Ask Students Empowering Questions

  1. What will you do, or have you done, to proactively ask for help this week?
  2. Stop right there. It sounds like you have a belief about school that is stressful. What is that belief? On a scale of one to five, how stressful does that thought make you feel when you think it? What’s a less stressful thought that might also be true?

How can you use these four tips as you prepare for the transition from summer back into the school year? Which ones will be most impactful to share with your students? Hit reply and let me know!

Oh! Also, let’s play a game! How many times did my glasses change throughout the video? And, “HOW?!” do you ask? My new glasses are from Pair Eyewear and I LOVE changing them with my mood and outfits. I’m officially a #PairPartner and if you’d like to change your glasses whenever you feel like it without buying a million pairs, you can learn all about them here!

Wishing you a great rest of July!