How to hit the ground running this academic year

It’s natural to feel apprehensive about a change in circumstances at the best of times, never mind with everything that’s going on in the world right now. But as September approaches and a new academic year begins, why not use this time to start afresh? After all, there’s never a better time for a lifestyle overhaul than during periods of change. So whether you’re going to college, university, or a new job, we’ve got everything you need to hit the ground running below:

Home is where the heart is:

Did you know that keeping your home workspace tidy can boost productivity? An organised desk equals an organised mind.

Start by filing the important papers on your desk and recycling any that you won’t need again. Then, put everything else neatly into your drawers and cupboards. If something doesn’t have a home, take a moment to consider if you absolutely need it. Ideally, you want your desk to be completely clutter-free when you’re not using it.

It’s also a good idea to rejuvenate your workspace by making a decorative change. This could be as simple as adding a new plant or lamp, or getting yourself a new desk and chair. Give yourself a reminder that this is a new working year and a new you – it’s time to make it your own.

You could also treat yourself by putting some of your favourite sweets or snacks in a jar on your desk. It’ll give you a much-needed pick-me-up when your grinding through that next assignment. And if you’re feeling really fancy, you could try adding a new scent to your workspace with a candle, incense stick or air diffuser.

New circumstances, new you:

Make an instant (green) impact this term with a fresh sustainable wardrobe and declutter the items you no longer wear. If they don’t make you happy, they aren’t worth keeping.

For things that can be reworn, you can dispose of them sustainably by visiting one of our kiosks or booking a free collection online. Your preloved clothes will be kept out of landfill and find a new loving home.

When refreshing your own wardrobe, you can improve your shopping habits by becoming an eco-conscious consumer. Embrace slow fashion and find out what you can source from local charity shops.

When purchasing new clothes, research your brands to get ‘in the know’. Find out who’s embracing ethical business practices and using durable fabrics which are less harmful to the planet. Be wary of greenwashing brands and build a sustainable wardrobe full of stylish, long-lasting clothing that you can be proud of.

Find the balance:

Use this fresh start as an opportunity to give yourself some new hobbies and objectives. Make a list of new activities you can try out and goals you can achieve before the end of the academic year. These can be as big or small as you like, but it’s probably best to have a healthy mix of both. Discover yourself and take yourself out of your comfort zone. Find out what makes you tick!

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