Friday, January 24, 2014

Advice for a College Tyro: Early Bird Routinue

This semester, my schedule ended up having a lot of 8 ams (read: I bit the the bullet and went for the teachers and classes I truly wanted). I wouldn’t necessarily ever consider myself a morning person, but apparently most of my friends think getting up before 10 am any day is “early”. 

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Last semester, I got into the routine of getting up before my roommate, even though she had the 8 am and I had the 10 am classes. Going to bed earlier is still a work in progress, but I’ve found the old adage “early bird gets the worm” is actually pretty accurate. Even before my 8 ams this semester, I realized getting up early really helps my overall productivity. Even if I don’t necessarily do extra homework in the morning, I have time for the gym, emails, blogging, reading, and tidying up my dorm. As a plus, getting things done early in the morning helps get my blood flow going and my brain working. Despite the time, my brain just isn’t sharp if I hop out of bed and head to class with two minutes to spare. 

While I’m learning to put down the books sooner at night and not feel guilty about it, I think more people should try to rise earlier. I’m fortunate that most of classes end by noon which allows for some afternoon naps, but I also feel that rising with the sun also helps inspire me to get moving!

My biggest advice for any college tyro is to find a routine that works for your overall productivity.
Your time is always precious, but even more so in college. Getting up early is definitely a challenge, but I've also found it's also highly rewarding. On afternoons when I have some "free time", I can now hang out in a cafe mid-afternoon, take a walk in the city, or simply take the time to catch up on Reign (working on the spontaneity thing). Perhaps you'll find getting up early just isn't for you; regardless, I've found that sticking with a consistent routine is the best way to be productive. 



4 comments:

  1. Last semester, I was in the routine of getting up earlier. But, it all went down the drain after my winter break, when I slept in until 10am everyday. Now, it's hard for me to get back into the routine!

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    1. It was hard this semester for me too after break, but those 8ams plus my roommates 6:30 am wake up calls for practice have made me get back into it! You'll get there too! ;-)

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  2. I have always been a night owl, but ever since having my daughter I've had to embrace the mornings--- and I am glad I have! There really is something about getting things done early!

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

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    1. Agreed. I feel so productive and accomplished when it's not even noon and I have checked off half of my to-do list!

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