I’ve always seen September as a chance for a fresh start. The ‘new school term’ has clearly stuck with me, despite it having been almost 10 years since I followed any sort of academic calendar and, thus, I always, always manage to capitalise on the September start momentum.
This year, I’ve felt keener than ever to make good use of the new term feeling. After the long Lockdown Three, I wanted to seize the moment more over the summer. So I chased after every sunrise I wanted to see, booked in long overdue coffee afternoons with my best friends, played every game I wanted to and nurtured whatever glimmer of happiness I could find. I want to keep that same energy as autumn shyly sidles into our lives, but perhaps with a more softer, intentional approach.
Diarising my plans
Much like during school term when I’d lovingly fill out every page in my school-issued diary, I really like to diarise my plans and tasks on paper. My bullet journal has been my constant companion since I started the endeavour back in 2018. So it makes complete sense that, come September, I feel more energised than ever to stay organised and somewhat on top of my plans.
And that doesn’t just mean my social schedule. Be it a grocery shop, sending off a birthday card, remembering to message a friend ahead of a big event or even diarising some TV time, my mind is benefiting from making sure I’m as organised as can be. Plus, despite online appearances, you should know that IRL I am incredibly scatterbrained – a testament to how much my bullet journal/weekly scheduler does for me.
New season uniform
While September might be a touch too warm for a complete wardrobe switch-out, I always look forward to putting together a uniform of sorts. These days I very rarely buy new clothes – and when I do, they’re secondhand! – but it’s nice to think about which pieces to bring back out from storage, consider the ‘hero’ essentials to centre my wardrobe around and generally refresh my style kit.
This autumn, I’m thoroughly excited to switch little white dresses for my oversized white shirt and a cosy sweater vest. Those easy-breezy midi skirts for my favourite Everlane jeans and leather-look leggings. I can’t wait for thin knits beneath boxy blazers, and I definitely can’t wait for that one fabled early October week that allows for dresses-bare-legs-and-boots.
Refreshing break times
Where summer breaks from work included sunny stretches in the garden or local park, I like to make a proper seasonal shift for September. There’s something about the new-term mood that makes me want to prepare a drinks flask, good book and earphones, ready for 20 minutes of reading at a moment’s notice.
Just like those all-essential breaks at school, this is a good time to remember to take proper breaks. Regularly. Whether you’re back in the office, still working from home or something in-between, it’s time to rethink those 15 minute tea breaks and lunch hours. Pack your Nintendo Switch and work away on some Cozy Grove quests. Fill your tote bag with parcels or returns to take at lunch, and reclaim an hour of your weekend.
How do you capitalise on the September start?