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Monday, August 22, 2011

New Notebook, New Class, Fresh Start

I've always had an affinity for a new notebook. The clean slate and fresh start of all those blank pages ready for 'possibility'.  A new school year always brings a fresh start.  A chance to meet new people, start again.  I said to the girl this morning, "Meet new friends, pick the good ones, show your teacher you are eager and ready to learn."  We had a good talk last night about what went well last year and what are the things that could be better for this year. 

We don't have to be in fourth grade to get a fresh start in this new school year. Create your own fresh start. Assign yourself a "first day of school".

Go out and buy a new journal, pick up a great pen. Or get a new case for your iPad or laptop. Something that symbolizes a fresh start.  Then find a quiet moment or two to decide what the new year will bring for you. 

  • Maybe you need a new teacher.  Find a mentor, someone you trust that has something to teach and invite them for coffee. 
  • Weekly Planning is a good way to get fresh start.  Pick an exact day and time each week that you'll commit 20-30 minutes planning the week. Write down your appointments and tasks and assign them a time in your calendar. If you have a family, it's good to do this together on Sunday night or Saturday morning. 
  • Maybe it's time to pick your new friends for the year.  Maybe you need a whole new playground. Jim Rohn said, "you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with." Take a look around, maybe it's time for an upgrade.
  • Maybe you need to make sure you take a recess each day.  All work and no play makes you exhausted, cranky, and not all that interesting overall. 
Just some of my random thoughts about starting anew.  You know what you need.  Your family knows what you need.  Pick a date, pack a nice turkey sandwich in a new lunchbox and start a fresh new year.