Summer is not only a break between semesters, but it is also your time to prepare for the coming school year. It is a crucial point to get yourself together emotionally, physically, and mentally. Here are some of the ways I prepare for the coming year so I can go in fresh and ready to conquer.

1. Plan, plan, plan.

This is something you learn over time but can master if you focus. Planning out your days allow you to get the most done you possibly can and prioritize properly. When you plan, you can find your free time and actually enjoy your days.

2. Wake up early.

When you sleep till 11 A.M. or 12 P.M., half your day is gone. When you wake up early, you can more into your day and actually enjoy your mornings to yourself before a long day starts. This will also help when you go back to school and have a lot of work and classes to fit into one day.

3. Set goals.

Set them, and then crush them. When you have goals to focus on, you can plan for them and then keep making more. It lets you get ahead. And setting goals will help you stay on track during the semester.

4. Start planning your meals for the week.

When you plan on Sunday, you can get all of your grocery shopping done at once and know what is coming for the week. It saves time and energy throughout the week. When you get to school, you will already know how to meal plan and will make the start of your semester even better. You can even take it a step further and meal prep!

5. Go to sleep early.

Getting your full 8 hours of sleep can really do wonders for you. When you're tired, you get sluggish and can't concentrate on work. Not a good habit to have ever.

6. Exercise!!

When your body feels good, you feel good. This can help you not only physically, but mentally— you'll feel happier and healthier.