Beat The Post-Summer Blues With This Super Simple Planning Guide

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Ease your way back into the working world with these tips.

When you were a kid, how did you feel this time of year? When the summer was over and a new school year was lurking around the corner. Were you excited to catch up with old friends and see who was in your classes? Or were you a little sad and anxious, wishing you had another month of summer? Probably a bit of both, right?

Even as an adult, it’s hard to escape that back-to-school feeling. You want to be on a beach but you know it’s time to focus and get work done. This isn’t a bad thing. If vacations never ended then how could we look forward to our next one?

Regardless of your age, to respect this time-honored back-to-school tradition we’ve got an assignment to help you face reality and get organized once and for all! So load up your Scooby-Doo lunchbox, grab your kitten-themed Trapper Keeper and toss it in your Batman backpack because class is in session. (We also really dig your colorful retro style.)

To keep this simple we’re categorizing the world into two groups: People with kids under 18 and people without. In our actual Everplan we get a lot more specific, but we don’t want to overwhelm you on the first day of school.

People With Kids Under 18

Choose one (Note: This isn’t a interactive quiz, but you can pick one in your head. Or touch your screen if it makes you feel better...even though it won’t do anything except leave a smudge.)

  • If I were to drop dead tomorrow, my family, while very sad, would continue on without much of a problem because I’m completely organized.
  • If I were to drop dead tomorrow, my family, while very sad, would be completely screwed.

Things you need to do to move from screwed to super organized:

People Without Kids Under 18

Choose one (Again, please do it in your head since this isn’t one those interactive quizzes.)

  • If I were to drop dead tomorrow, my friends and family, while sad, would be able to close out my estate within a reasonable amount of time.
  • If I were to drop dead tomorrow, my friends and family, while sad, would have to spend the next year unraveling the mess I’ve left behind. Their sadness will probably turn to frustration. Sorry!

Things you need to do to keep your family and loved ones from cursing you beyond the grave:

How’d you do on our fake quiz? It doesn't really matter. What matters is that you start the work-year off right by actually getting this stuff done. That’s why we’re here. Enough talk, let’s do this!