It’s that time of the year: sales on pencils and notebooks, kids wrapping up summer camps and families across the country getting ready to get back into the school routine. For parents — or those of us without children — the phrase “back to school” just doesn’t quite elicit the same joy it once did. But it can.
Here are three ways working parents and non-parents can enjoy back to school at the office.
1. Take advantage of sales and spruce up your workstation or work wardrobe.
In 2014, consumers spent a whopping $75 billion on back-to-school purchases, and this year is expected to be even bigger. And with that much spending comes a lot of great sales — in fact, some states even offer tax-free holiday weekends for certain purchases, including computers, school supplies and clothing.
While you may not need to stock up on No. 2s, this could be a great opportunity to shop tax-free and get new items for your home office or even a few new outfits for a fresh look at work. Kids get a fresh start each year, so why shouldn’t you?
2. Set a new routine to boost your health.
Going back to school for kids means ditching the freedom of summer and settling back into a weekly routine. For those who work in an office, schedules don’t really change that much during the summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use back to school as an excuse to mix it up.
Wake up 30 minutes earlier and get in a quick run or walk. Squeeze in a quick but effective 10-minute meditation session when you wake up. Ditch your morning bagel or fast food and wake up a few minutes early to fix a healthy breakfast. Create a new routine for yourself, and you will see the health benefits stack up.
3. Find new opportunities to learn.
A new school year means new things to learn. But why does learning having to end when you graduate? Maybe this year is the year you head back to school yourself — some employers even offer tuition assistance for continuing education.
Don’t feel like heading for another degree is what you need? Check out a conference in your field. Attend an online boot camp or training program for your job. You can even simply find a relevant business book and set a goal to read it this fall.
This year, don’t let the kids have all the back-to-school fun; find your own ways to use this time as an excuse to grow personally and professionally. Have other ideas? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ShareFile.