BACK TO SCHOOL PART ONE: 8 QUICK WAYS TO GET YOUR LIFE TOGETHER
Summer is all about loosening the reins on life, whether that means leaving work early to eat dinner outside with your friends, or forgoing your usual spinning sessions in favour of laidback bike rides through the park. But if you've spent the past three months in a haze of sunshine and rosé, the end of season can leave you in quagmire of anxiety. What to do? Where to start? How to feel like an organised, full-functioning adult?
Fret not! We're all in this together. Here are some ideas for making a slow but steady transition back to *real life*. Gulp.
CLEAN UP SHOP
Start with your workspace, which has probably accumulated a lot of crap without you even noticing. (As I write this, my desk features: Scratched sunglasses. An empty Poland Spring bottle. A remote control for the ceiling fan. A used napkin. An ink-less pen. Two empty La Colombe cups. A hairbrush. Three half-used Glossier Balm Dotcoms. A dozen scattered business cards. And that's just the stuff in my immediate eyeline...)
Tidy up, wipe down; feel sanity slowly restore itself. Oh, and clean your filthy iPhone while you're at it!
STOCK UP ON OFFICE GOODS
It's absurd how easily a new planner and pen can take you from feeling like a 'Woman on the Verge of a Meltdown' to a 'Woman Who Has It All Figured Out', but there it is. Revisit the joys of the start of a new school year by taking a trip to your nearest Muji for an assortment of rainbow-hued pens and a fresh notebook.
TIDY YOUR WARDROBE
Pack away the summeriest summer clothes and leave only the 'transition' pieces in place. A mildly depressing exercise, perhaps, but one that will help with the psychological transition to the new season. Compile a short list of key pieces you want to purchase in autumn/winter, to keep your new season shopping in focus and within budget.
WORK IT OUT
If you're anything like me, your workouts will have become increasingly infrequent over the past few months. Force yourself back into a routine by signing up for a yoga studio intro offer or block booking some classes at the gym.
BOOK A HAIRCUT
After weeks of sun and saltwater exposure, your hair is probably looking...not its best. Chop those ends off. You'll feel brand new.
TREAT YO SELF
Give yourself a facial and a pedicure. Summer runs ravage on your face, hands, hair (see above) and feet. Neglected extremities are never a good look.
WATCH YOUR BUDGET
Whether it's money blown on holidays or simply frittered during long summer days spent out and about, money flows like water during the summer months. Get back on track by downloading a budgeting app like Mint so you can see where all that extra cash is actually going. For saving motivation, just think: winter sun escape.