Back to School Checklist. And a Little Catching Up.

After I published last week’s post, I realized I hadn’t even stopped to say “Hi!” or catch up a bit after not chatting with you all summer. Sorry! So how has your summer been?? Mine was an amazing whirlwind of goals accomplished, new goals set, and oh, a wedding! Luke and I were married on July 18th, and it was picture perfect. All our friends and family were there, and the sun came out after a ton of rain, right before the ceremony. We don’t have our photos back yet, but here are a few pics captured by our friends.


In addition to all of the craziness and fun that goes into a wedding, I was also hard at work towards other goals. The first one was wrapping up my first product launch for the Time & ToDo Planner. This has been A LOT of work {packing up 200 planners just a few days before our wedding!}. My sister thought I was totally crazy, but it was work that I was and am so happy to be doing. Stepping into the world of ecommerce was a big and at times challenging first step for me. I had some setbacks, but I learned a ton in the process, am grateful for how far I’ve come, and super excited for some revisions and additions I have planned moving forward!

Headed to school with planners to ship!

Headed to school with planners to ship!

I also decided it was time to update the style of We kept the foundation of the design, but updated the color layout and revised the organization a bit. I was excited to get this goal accomplished this summer, and I’m hopeful you like the updates!

Alright, enough about me. How about you?! I wish I could shuttle you over here to catch me up on your summer over a refreshing glass of iced coffee, but alas, I cannot. So the next best option is to shoot me an email or share in the comments below!

Now. Moving onto the checklist. As I was putting my Simplified Coaching Planning Kit together last night, my mind was racing a hundred miles an hour about everything I needed to do and wanted to do next week when I officially head back to school. And with all the racing thoughts, I kept worrying that I would forget something. You know that feeling, right?

So to make sure I have all of my ducks in a row, I put together a handy back to school checklist. And I wanted to share it with you in case you also have a case of the back to school racing thoughts going on.

I designed the checklist to coordinate with your planning kit, so you can just pop it into your planning section!

I also left some blank spaces, in case I forgot anything or there is any work specific to your role you’d like to add to your list.

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Download Here

Oh, and here’s a blank one in case you’d like to start fresh.

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Download Here

Alright, now your homework is to print out this checklist, pop it into your planner, and get after it!

For those of you heading back to school next week, I hope you have a terrific start to the year.



ps – am I missing any big back to school to-dos? Let me know in the comments below!

18 Responses to “Back to School Checklist. And a Little Catching Up.”

  1. Sally July 31, 2015 at 8:35 am #

    Congratulations on your new marriage! We celebrated 8 years of marriage on July 7th (7/7/07!) but it feels like we just had our wedding. Time flies when you’re having fun! After a very educational year as an instructional coach and following and reading everything in your blog, I accepted a building principal position in a new district for this new year. While I’ve been working at school most of the summer, I also go back officially on Monday and your back to school checklist will be so helpful!! I also still see using a lot of what I learned from your blog as an administrator and look forward to this exciting opportunity! Have a great school year!

    • Kristin Houser August 1, 2015 at 10:24 am #

      Hi Sally! Thanks so much for your comment and for being a part of the MsHouser community. That’s so cool you’ve moved into a principalship position. Go you!! Maybe you should start a blog for new principals? ;) Best of luck this year and keep in touch!

  2. Lori July 31, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

    First things First, Congratulations on the nuptials. You were a beautiful bride!!!
    Secondly, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new coaching planning kit and To-Do Planner. Thank you so much for your love of planning. You have made me want to be a better coach and more organized.

    • Kristin Houser July 31, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

      Thanks Lori!! I’m so glad you’re making good use of your planning kit and planner. We’ll both be working towards getting better this year!

  3. Kelley July 31, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    Congratulations! I’m so pleased that everything went well for you.

    I’m enjoying using my Coaching Kit and have found that it is really helpful in making sure I get to everything I need to do.

    Just a head’s up: I think both links lead to the partially filled in list.

    • Kristin Houser August 1, 2015 at 10:29 am #

      Thanks Kelley!! For your taking the time to comment, your kind words, and your purchase of the Coaching Kit. I’m glad it’s been helpful. Thanks also for the heads up – I just updated it!

  4. Rebecca L July 31, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

    Congratulations! I know all about wedding planning and how much work that is. Very impressive that you were able to ship your planners right before your wedding! I adore this checklist. I have already printed it off to use! :-) Thanks for sharing!

    • Kristin Houser August 1, 2015 at 10:22 am #

      Thanks Rebecca! I hope your Time & ToDo Planner helps you stay organized this year :)

  5. Licia July 31, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

    Congrats on your wedding! I would have been going out of my mind. Thank you for all your tips. With this being my first year as a full time coach, I appreciate your suggestions and resources.

    • Kristin Houser August 1, 2015 at 10:22 am #

      Thanks so much Licia for your comment and being a part of the MsHouser community :) And a big congratulations on your move into coaching this year…you’re going to be awesome!!

  6. Victoria August 2, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    Congrats on the wedding! I am such a to do list kinda gal and cannot wait to print this, so thank you.
    I’ve recently started an instructional facilitator position and your blog has helped me so much. The time and to do planner has gotten several compliments from co workers!

    • Kristin Houser August 5, 2015 at 11:07 am #

      Hi Victoria! Thanks so much for your kind comments and for being a part of the MsHouser community. I’m glad the blog has been helpful! Please let me know if there is anything you’d like to hear more about this year.
      Have a great start to the school year!

  7. Michelle TG August 4, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Thanks for sharing this! I really appreciate all of the practical information you provide. Would you maybe consider sharing what your first week and first month of school looks like? As a new instructional coach, I’m getting anxious about how to spend my time those first few days and weeks.

    Thank you!
    Michelle TG

  8. Kristin Houser August 5, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    Hi Michelle!
    Thanks so much for commenting. Great question/wonder. That’s something lots of coaches struggle with. I’ll jot that idea down, as I think it would make a great post for this week or the next!
    I’d love for others to chime in too, if you have any suggestions for Michelle!

  9. Marlo Lightsey August 6, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    Congratulations! We share a wedding date. I have been married for 6 years. Thanks for all the great info that you provide. It has really helped me.

    • Kristin Houser August 7, 2015 at 10:28 am #

      Hey Marlo! Thanks so much for your comment and for being a part of the MsHouser community. July 17th must be a lucky day :) Good luck this year and please let me know if there is anything else you think would be helpful to read about on the blog :)

  10. Lisa August 6, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Congrats and Hi! Thanks for this timely post! I downloaded both checklists. Since I’m new, I need to “write out job description for my position.” Do you know of any links to any established descriptions that could spark my ideas?


  11. rebecca August 16, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    Hi! As a new coach, is it important to set up procedures for contacting us to coach? I know there is some nervousness about people just walking up or interrupting you to “talk” , DO YOU suggest setting up a sign up sheet or a place they can let you know they need you?
    Also, do you give out a survey the first few weeks?

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