Have you ever wondered what the morning of a productive student looks like? Well look no more because I’m about to tell you everything you need to know to be productive and motivated every morning!
Everyone will tell you this but it really does start the night before. Make sure as a student you’re getting enough sleep at night to stay feeling fresh and healthy in the day. By being well rested you’re more likely to wake up with that spring in your step you’ve been craving the next day. My biggest tip for this would be to stick to a routine- it might be hard at first but aim to be in bed at the same time every night so eventually your body will want to go to sleep at that time. It doesn’t take long to get into a habit. Trust me!
This might not be a deal breaker it’s just something that makes me motivated; and that is waking up early. Of course, you don’t have to do this to get everything done. However, I am an extreme early bird and this is where I am most productive, maybe try it for a couple of weeks to see how it goes, especially during times like we’re in. Waking up early has never been more easy because we have no reason to stay up at night (TikTok is not a valid excuse). There’s nothing better than feeling like you’re the only one awake in the world, sipping a hot coffee watching the sunrise with a nice book. It’s my favourite time of the day.
So I’ve seen a lot of morning routines going around speaking of having a chilled and relaxed morning but I don’t know about you but if I was to take things slow in the morning- I would never start work. I wake up at 6 and start work by 7:30. Just start your studying. Now, I take the first hour out of my day to wake up, read some inspiring words from positivity books and to journal. However, as soon as I feel awake enough, I start my work. I find working in my dressing gown at my desk watching the sunrise so peaceful- I may start with a minor task I can do quickly to just kickstart my productivity. This is all for a reason. The longer you leave doing your work, the more likely it is you won’t want to do it. Just do it. Even if some mornings it is a drag- which some mornings it definitely will be- the quicker you start, the quicker you’ll switch into a productive mindset for the day.
You may be thinking about breakfast. I think this is completely individual. Personally, I will do a chunk of work with my morning coffee and I will stop at 10. This is where I will get ready for the day (which doesn’t take long because I live my life with my hair in a bun and joggers on my legs) and I will have breakfast. If you’re one of those people who is immediately hungry when you open your eyes- maybe eat with your book in the morning, or when you’re doing your journalling. Although, by getting work done previously, you’ll be feeling on top of the world; the fact it’s 10AM and you’ve finished a lecture already. It’s motivating to continue. Maybe try some variations to see what works for you. Trial and error it.
I can find after I take an hour or so off to get ready and have breakfast, I can feel demotivated on certain days to keep working for hours on end. Which is why when I get ready, I put on workout clothes and get ready to have some movement. This is usually around 1pm (I have lunch late because of the later breakfast). I will do a few at home workouts on Youtube. My favourites are Joe Wicks, Chloe Ting and Emi Wong. By early afternoon you’ll be craving to do anything but work, you would have done around 5 hours at this point, so a workout doesn’t seem as bad as it usually does. Due to your circadian rhythm (big word) we all have a slump in the afternoon- so a little workout and shower will do exactly what you need and brighten you up, fresh for the afternoon!
So just for an overview of what my morning looks like:
6:00- Wake up, get a coffee & read infront of the sunrise (some recommendations would be The Secret, Good Vibes Good Life).
7:00- Journal for the day & make a todo list
7:30- Get started on work
10:00- Get changed into workout clothes & have breakfast
11:30- Do some more work (slowly because I’m losing faith at this point)
1:00- Do a workout & have a shower
I just wanted to mention how this is my ideal morning routine and of course it doesn’t happen every morning. It usually starts off strong on a Monday morning but by Friday I’m waking up at 9:30 just in time for my seminars. It slips on a weekly basis. I can assure you though, on days you stick to whatever routine you create, you will feel so good and motivated for it. Often when I can have a morning like this, I get an afternoon off because I complete my todo list quickly- which always feels like a great treat.
So I hope you’ve taken some inspiration from this, following it exactly might not be suitable for your lifestyle and that’s okay. Even by incorporating little tips or ideas from this blogpost may boost your productivity hugely. All it takes is to find the best routine for you and it’s not going to be the same as anybody else. I wish you luck in your studies! And I would love to hear what your favourite part of the morning is? Leave a comment below!
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