I have my first full week of senior year officially placed the the history folder, and getting back into the swing of things has not been as easy as I had hoped. Going from zero to one hundred is never easy though, so I’m taking it with the best attitude I can, and I’m trying not to get too sentimental about it. If you need to know anything about me, it’s that I am no morning person. My earliest class this semester is at 10am, and there is no mistake in that kind of schedule.
With nights being my preferred time of productivity, I have been able to crack down on a pretty solid morning routine that has the approval of an over-committed, night owl, college student (that’s a pretty high approval, right?).
Before We Start…
I know that that everyone is a night owl, but maybe you still need some help staying motivated in the morning time. My recommendation to anyone who wants to have a more successful morning routine is to make a plan.
Start by deciding how early you are willing to get up. I have so much respect for people who wake up in the wee hours of the morning and are basically half way through their day before going to work or class. That isn’t an attainable lifestyle for me now, but hopefully in the future. Decided how early you are willing to wake up and figure out how much time that gives you in the morning before work or class.
Now make a list of everything you would like to accomplish in the morning. Make sure to include the minescule things like getting dressed, washing your face, showering, working out, reading a book, answering emails, travel time to your destination, breakfast, etc. Basically everything you would like to do. Make sure you keep it reasonable. If you only give yourself an hour before work and you want to workout, shower, answer emails, read a book, and eat breakfast before class, that might not be so reasonable.
Now that you have created your ideal list, go back to that wake-up time. Re-dress this and move it to earlier or later if need be. Remember, you know yourself very well. If you really struggle to wake up early but you really want to get a lot done, set a reasonable time and then slowly work your way back to an earlier wake-up time each week.
Now it’s time to create a game plan. Create a schedule for your morning that you can stick with. Some mornings you may just struggle to keep up with your schedule, but just make it a goal for yourself that you can work towards.
The Night Before…
After three years of college, I have learned to take full advantage of my night before in planning for the morning. With all of the energy and motivation I have in the evening, I decided to use that to prep for the next day so that it isn’t too hectic or overwhelming.
The first thing I will prep the night before is my outfit. For someone who really loves coming up with outfits, I am also an incredibly indecisive person. I can’t afford to spend 10 minutes standing in front of my closet in the morning trying to figure out what outfit I will be sporting. Instead, I spend ten minutes the night before coming up with a look. Not only does this save me way more time and stress than I ever could imagine in the morning, but it also allows me some time to be more creative with looks. I am often a bit more daring with my outfit styles when I create them the night before, so this is a great way to push myself to get out of my comfort zone of looks.
Another great thing to plan to night before is your breakfast. When I had an internship last summer, I would set out my oatmeal, brown sugar, and banana every single night. I would include the measuring utensils and everything. Always waking up late that summer, it took me just a few moments to throw together a good, healthy breakfast that would keep me fueled. Consider breakfast options that you can do the night before, like over-night oats, muffins, or pre-made smoothies. Not only does this make my morning run more smoothly, but it also helped me to ensure that my first meal of the day was a health one.
The Morning Of…
The morning of requires the most discipline in my opinion. Really focus on why you want to be productive that morning. Also, think about how being productive in the morning will help you in the long run. Maybe you have a side hustle that you want to dedicate a little time to working on every morning. Focus on those long term goals and how each day is one step closer to that goal.
If I am every struggling to roll myself out of bed, I will put my morning routine in my calendar. The notifications on my phone on what I should be doing in that moment are more motivating that you would think to get you out of bed.
If you have any roommates or family members around in the morning, tell them about your morning routine. Having that second pair of eyes to make sure you are up and being productive can be incredibly helpful. You can also just shoot a text to one of your friends or family members every morning to tell them you are up. It’s a simple thing, but it really works.
Finally, remember that not every morning will be your most productive morning ever. You will sleep through your alarm a couple of times or click snooze until the very last second. We aren’t all perfect with our morning routines, so don’t expect yourself to be. Just be willing to set goals for yourself and do your best to keep to them.
Comment bellow your tips for having a productive morning so that we can all have a better morning!
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