Back to School: Get More Out of Your Mornings

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I would definitely classify myself as a morning person. I typically wake up around 6 AM (7 if I don't set an alarm) and usually feel pretty refreshed. I usually start class between 9 and 11 - so always have about three hours to kill in the morning. I like to use this time to be productive because after a long day, I long for my bed. Whether you're a morning person or not - here are a few ways that you can get more out of your mornings! 

Image via: Harry Crowder

1. Plan the night before 
A lot of people I know do not do this and I can't understand why. Rushing seriously cramps my style and I always end up forgetting something. Planning the night before is a great way to get a few more minutes in the morning to yourself. Just think, if you pick out your outfit, have your lunch ready and bag packed - you can save 20 minutes in the morning and not have to rush. I always pick out my clothes and have everything I will need for the next day prepared, before I go to bed. It works! 

2. Ditch the devices
Many of us have a really bad habit of hopping onto social media right as we wake up. It can be overwhelming to our minds to take in so much information right as we wake up! Instead, take that time to write out some goals and intentions you would like to guide your day. This will give you a direction and concrete purpose for each day, and the satisfaction of fulfilling your daily goals and intentions will help you sleep better at night! 

3. Get moving! 
I have this great little 20 minute exercise ball workout that I try to do every morning. You don't have to run 5K - but a brisk walk, some quick yoga or even some jumping jacks will energize your body and get those endorphins going for the rest of the day! 

4. Plan an activity that you love for the morning
Every morning I really look forward to reading a few chapters of the book I'm reading at the time - so I always make sure to have my book ready for the morning commute. Some people look forward to walking their dogs, cooking a hearty breakfast or speaking to a loved one on the phone. Whatever the activity you love may be (save for checking social media) try to plan it so that you do it every morning. This will give you something to look forward to in the morning and therefore make waking up easier! 

These are my tips and I hope they help you this back to school season!


  1. Ah, these are so helpful! Thanks for such an awesome post :) I might just start adding some of these to my morning routine!

  2. Great tips! I'm so NOT a morning person, so prepping my stuff the night before is 100% essential. And I totally agree with having something to look forward to in the morning to get you motivated to get out of bed! I work for the U.S. Olympic Committee, and during the Sochi Olympics I had to work shifts at 3 a.m. It sounds dumb, but promising myself a chai tea latte as soon as I rolled out of bed had me looking forward to that pleasant little routine. And I mean, I was obviously raring to go watch some Olympics coverage too! :)

  3. I am not a morning person AT ALL but I always feel better when I wake up earlier and actually get stuff done!

    Zoe | La Vie en Zoe


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