Be­gin a New Chap­ter This Fall

DREAM TEEN Magazine - - Front Page - Jea­nine De­Honey

F all is the per­fect time to write an em­pow­er­ing and more mag­nif­i­cent chap­ter in your life. Be­gin­ning a new chap­ter means in­ter­ject­ing some es­sen­tial com­po­nents into your for­mer day to day so that you can have a more pol­ished nar­ra­tive as you move for­ward aca­dem­i­cally, ca­reer wise and per­son­ally. Here are some tips to get you started. Aim for a less chaotic morn­ing. If dur­ing past school years your morn­ings started out rushed and un­or­ga­nized, make a pact with your­self to change that pat­tern. Get your clothes ready the night be­fore, pack those must-have items, make sure your cell phone and iPad are charged. Set your alarm to go off a few min­utes ear­lier. Have break­fast and think about some­thing pos­i­tive be­fore step­ping out your door. An­tic­i­pate hav­ing a great day and it will be. Set goals and strate­gize. Write down a list of goals you’d like to ac­com­plish in the next six months. Write down what steps you’ll need to take to reach them no mat­ter how small or how daunt­ing they are. Track your progress on a flow­chart or on a wall cal­en­dar. By do­ing this on a regular ba­sis you will de­velop skills that help you ap­proach chal­lenges, tasks and even test-tak­ing in a ra­tio­nal and more self-as­sured way.

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