It’s that time of year when the days get shorter, the nights get a little cooler and we all return to business after the summer months. While it’s been a few years since I’ve gone back to school, I still feel that urge to refocus in early September.

Here are my tips for adults looking to capture that back to school feeling.

Revamp your workspace. My favorite part of back to school was the new school supplies and clothes I’d get to kick off the year. Replicate that feeling by buying some new décor for your workspace, or changing the layout of your office to refresh your perspective.

Actually go back to school. No, don’t start shopping around for a master’s program. Taking an adult education class is a great way to brush up on skills you’re lacking or new technology that’s changing your industry. Attend a conference or professional development event. Even a webinar can change your thinking.

Review your syllabus. Take the time to evaluate your work. Here at Solomon McCown, we work off of a scope of services we agree upon with our clients. Take these days to go back to that plan and see how you’re doing. Does the plan still make sense, or should it be revised to meet the client’s current needs? It may also spark a creative idea on how you can meet your goals. The end of 2016 is only four months away; consider how you can end on a high note.

Mentor the new folks. In the fall, recent college graduates and a new crop of college-aged interns often show up in the workplace. Take the time to get to know them. Solicit their ideas and input. They bring a fresh perspective to your workplace—embrace it.

How do you prepare for getting back to business in the fall? Let us know.