The weather certainly doesn’t feel like fall, but the academic year has begun, so it’s fall in my world.
I already miss the freedom of the summer (my favorite season) while loving the busyness and possibility of the season ahead.
Yes, I love the sun, water, the smell of coconut and suntan oil, but I love fall too. What a vibe! Fall has my favorite colors, not to mention hoodies, football, and spicy candle scents.
5 Things I’ll Need to Survive the Fall
In the tradition around here on the blog, here is my list of five things I’ll need to survive the fall.
1. Sticky Notes
No. 1 is pretty current. I’m teaching media writing this semester, which means I’m reading a couple of mainstream books with my class. I went to mark the pages I wanted to discuss in today’s session only to find that I don’t have any sticky notes in my home office. How is that even possible? A nerd without sticky notes? I’m going to need to fix this immediately.
I’m thinking these colorful Post-Its are going in my cart right now! Who can sleep on a “limited edition” color collection? It looks like I’ll have Post-It notes for every season!
If you’re curious about what books we’re reading, they are:
2. A Cozy Blanket
Well, football is on, which means I’ve basically said goodbye to my husband. The first time he sees a pigskin on TV, he lets the yard die and becomes a permanent fixture in his chair.
I love football as much as the next person, but I don’t need to watch ALL the games. So, I spend that time curled up on the sofa with a book and a cozy blanket. Lots of reading and napping happens for me in the fall.
If you need me, I’ll be on the sofa with my favorite soft purple blanket. I’d send you a link to said blanket, but my stepmom bought it for me more than a decade ago. Needless to say, I’m quite protective of it.
You may recall that I challenged myself to read 200 books this year. Audiobooks are one of the ways I’m able to read so much.
Yes, audiobooks count. Don’t even start with me on that nonsense. It’s the same information. It’s just in a different format.
Since I’m teaching this semester, I’ll spend more time in my car going back and forth to campus. Not to mention that it’s our daughter’s last year playing college basketball, so I see a lot of road trips in our future. That’s where Audible comes in. I have the highest subscription, which is three books a month. I get all of the audiobooks I can from the library, then use my Audible subscription for the rest.
Haven’t tried Audible? You can try it for free for 30 days and get two free books.
4. Daily Planners
These planners were on my summer list too! I’m not sure that I could organize my life anymore without these daily planner pages. I fill out one for each day of the week to make sure I never forget a task.
I still use my regular productivity system but replaced the journal to-do lists with these planning pages. I fill them out every Friday afternoon for the week ahead. They really help me stay organized. I feel kinda lost and chaotic without them.
5. Google Calendar
Sync all the things! Between our busy travel schedule, work, teaching, freelance writing, and well… life, I need a calendar that syncs to all my devices. It also helps my boss keep up with where I am and what I’m doing. My Google calendar is non-negotiable.
What’s on Your List?
Fall tends to feel like my busiest season. You can see that reflected in my survival items. What about you? I’m interested in what your lists looks like. What are five things you’ll need to survive this fall? I’d love for you to share.