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How to Make Going Back To School More Fun For Your Child

Going to back to school isn’t a fun experience for every kid. After all, who wants to hit the books again after playing around and lazing about all summer long? Not most kids, that’s who.

But this school year’s going to be different–it’s going to be more fun and exciting. Here’s how you can do it.

Have Them Help Plan Their Meals.

You know what every kid’s favorite subject is? It’s not math, art, or P.E., but recess. Making your child the coolest kid in the cafeteria is guaranteed to get him/her excited to go to school. You can achieve this by planning your child’s meals with them. Make their food look and taste good, and they’ll be very excited to walk out the door in the morning.

Designate A Study Nook.

It’s definitely more exciting to do assignments and learn new things when you’ve got a nice place to study in. It works for a lot of people, and it might just work for your child, too! Designate a place in your home as a study nook with colorful school supplies, organizers, and a corkboard or whiteboard where your child can pin up their homework and mementos. Give your kid the opportunity to decorate the study nook and they’ll be more excited to use it.

Display Photos Taken During The School Year.

Don’t forget to display all the photos your kids have taken during the school year! Display them on a Nixplay Frame, which can be easily updated with their latest snaps. Take advantage of our upcoming Back To School Sale and get 25% off selected Nixplay Seed Frames, only from August 12 to 25!

Write Down The Reasons Why School Is Fun.

Sit your children down and have them list everything they love about school: Their friends, their crushes, their favorite teachers, the field trips, their favorite subjects, the beautiful campus, the opportunities to represent their school in competitions. This exercise reframes their mind, allowing them to shift their focus from the things they dread about school, to the things that get them excited about it.

Shop For New Clothes.

One more way to get kids to excited to go to school is to spice up their wardrobe a bit. Be it a new pair of jeans, t-shirts with prints they love, or light-up sneakers, they’ll be eager to parade them in the schoolyard and show them off. It probably is an unconventional way to stay motivated, but it might just work!

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.


How To Organize Your Desk To Become More Productive

If you’re looking for ways to improve your desk situation, you need not look further than Pinterest. A quick scroll will result in hundreds of photos of picture-perfect desks in every aesthetic you can imagine. And while they’re all beautiful, you have to wonder: Will you actually be able to get any work done on such a desk?

At the end of the day, even if you have all the latest bells and whistles on your picture-perfect desk, it won’t be effective if you don’t make the most of it. Here are some ways to do so:

Keep It Clutter-Free

You can’t do anything on a desk that’s laden with stacks of magazines, papers, and knickknacks from previous projects or tasks. Clean up your desk after every task, and treat it as a sacred space that should always be kept clear if possible. If there’s something on your workspace that you don’t need for the project you’re working on, keep it or throw it away.

Use A Second Monitor

If you’ve never used a second monitor, you’ll be surprised at how much it can improve your productivity. A second monitor effectively doubles the amount of on-screen real estate you can use, making it faster and easier to run multiple programs simultaneously. You can have Microsoft Word or Excel open on one screen and have a Skype call going on the other. Plus, connecting a second monitor to your laptop or desktop is pretty easy—all you need is an HDMI or VGA connector, and you’re all set.

Function Over Form

If your desk situation can be compared to the lyrics of “Twelve Days Of Christmas” (A dozen magazines, nine succulents, seven framed motivational quotes, five paperweights, two bookends, and a globe that needs a good dusting), you probably need to do some Marie Kondo-fying, stat.

“Keep it simple and functional with items you use all the time,” advises life coach and home organizer Meghan Meredith in an article published on Medium. “My desktop must-haves include a stapler; a jar of pens, pencils, and highlighters; a candle; and, most importantly, my planners.”

Display Your Favorite Photos

There’s more to life than your job! Don’t hesitate to spruce up your workspace with memories that spark joy. A Nixplay Smart Frame can display all your favorite photos, from scanned family photos from your childhood to phone pictures from a recent Disneyland trip with your nephews and nieces. You’ll be more inspired to work when you have your favorite memories on hand all the time.

Track Your Progress

When you’re at your desk, you should be motivated to work. One surefire way to achieve this? Put up your goals and to-do lists on a prominent spot on your desk. Write down your weekly, monthly, and quarterly goals and put them somewhere eye level so you’ll be pressured motivated to tick them off.

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

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