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What is your morning routine as a college student ?

Well I think my morning routine can be described as a pre and post Covid situation. Before COVID I would aim to be in the office for 830 so everything works back from there.

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Jake’s Answer

Hello Bamist,

My daily routine was quite flexible due to the varying class schedules. Regardless of the day, I made it a point to rise two hours prior to my first class. This gave me ample time to freshen up and prepare for the day ahead, without any unnecessary haste.

Next, I'd head to the nearest dining hall for a hearty breakfast. I found that kick-starting my day with a nutritious meal kept me energized and ready to tackle whatever the day had in store.

One of my favorite parts of the morning was the walk to class. This was my 'me' time, where I could stretch my legs, soak in the morning air, and gather my thoughts for the day. It also gave me a chance to catch up on the latest business news, which I found quite enlightening.

I hope you find this useful!
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Sam’s Answer

The structure of my morning routine varied, largely influenced by my daily class schedule. However, I noticed that during my most fruitful semesters, I would usually wake up no later than 9:30, or at least 45 minutes prior to the start of my first class. My morning activities included having breakfast, brushing my teeth, and preparing for the day. Depending on my workload, I would either head to the library to focus on long-term assignments or proceed straight to my first class. Between my morning classes, I would typically grab a cup of coffee before returning to the library. Here, I would organize my tasks and determine which classes needed my attention first. I hope this provides a clearer picture!
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Rachel’s Answer

- Its always better to get up earlier so you aren’t rushing. You don’t want to feel stressed by time you get to college. Set an alarm for the same time every day so your body can get into a routine.
- Spend 5-10mins stretching or moving your body.
- Make your bed!
- Have a healthy breakfast and drink some water.
- Write down one main goal for the day (and check in with it at the end of the day). This will keep you accountable.
- Have a check list to make sure you have everything that you need in your bag.
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Juney’s Answer

My morning routine was entirely driven by my class & study society duties -- which could be all over the place. Sometimes, I'd have an early class or responsibilities for an event, and other days I wouldn't start until lunch. It made for a messy, unfocused, inefficient rotation, but it worked for me at the time.

This changed when I started the final year of my Bachelor's, moved into my Master's, and especially when I started my literature study and Master thesis in my final year. Over this period, expectations & obligations became more structured and routine, and I find that I experienced a sense of peace in setting & meeting my expectations for myself.

By now, years later, I have a fairly set daily routine that enables me to pursue my vision, goals & that which I find personally meaningful & rewarding. The routine itself I believe to be less relevant, as it's highly tailored to my preferences & circumstances and changes over time as those preferences & circumstances change as well.

More importantly, I constantly strive to improve my 'flow', or the way I experience my day-to-day. Most recently, I've learned to become more disciplined in which meetings I skip or refuse if booked outside of my work hours, and have also learned to timeblock especially my mornings where I'm able to do my most focused work. I'm still working on prioritising the highest impact items by dedicating time even though other less pressing but shorter term low effort concerns are niggling. No doubt this will change again in the future :)

Note that I'm 100 % WFH with occasional days-to-week long international trips (once per 2 months on average).
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Holly’s Answer

Hello Bamist! It's been nearly half a decade since my college days, but I've found that a consistent routine and a positive start to the day can transform your entire experience. Depending on your timetable, I'd strongly suggest rising 1-2 hours before your first class. This will provide you with plenty of time to fuel both your body and mind before diving into a busy day. If you can, kickstart your day with a gym session, or perhaps a bike ride, jog, or even a leisurely walk outdoors to soak up some vitamin D and elevate your serotonin levels. Also, consider spending 15-20 minutes on an activity that lifts your spirits. It could be brewing your favorite coffee or preparing your go-to breakfast while reading a book or tuning into a podcast. Don't hesitate to experiment with different morning routines until you discover what suits you best! Allowing yourself ample time in the morning helps you to energize and avoid the stress of rushing. What a fantastic chance to start afresh in the upcoming new year!
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Adam’s Answer

Before I went to bed I would create a checklist of things that I needed to get done the next day. Wake up early, I usually woke up around 6:00am or early, and would do some sort of physical activity. Physical activity is the best thing that you can do for yourself each day- it helps wake your body up and keeps you healthy physically, and more importantly mentally. Try to schedule your classes in the morning so you have the afternoons to study/work, and do other activities with friends.
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Katie’s Answer

Hi Basmit,

One of the best pieces of advice I got from one of my college professors was: "Don't let the first thing you look at in the morning when you wake up be your phone."

Every morning when my alarm would go off, I'd turn it off and then I'd scroll on my phone for 15 - 20 minutes before actually getting up.

After realizing this after my professor's comment, I made an effort to break that habit. I would wake up and make my bed, brush my teeth, turn on music, head downstairs, etc. After fully waking up and getting myself ready for the day, THEN I would check my phone. Having that buffer before immediately looking at my phone would allow myself the time to wake on my own and have some time to myself before inundating myself with social media and texts.

This is a very easy practice to work into your morning routine yourself on a daily basis and see the immediate change it might have to your day!
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Chris’s Answer

I think that the most important thing you can do to have success in college is to get a good night sleep. I really struggled my freshman year with getting enough sleep because I didn't develop those good habits in HS. I had a lot of early classes so it was a challenge to put my full effort into the classes when I was tired. Over time, I realized that if I went to bed between 10-11 I could get a full 7-8 hours and still be up at 6-7. I am a morning person so I find that being up early gives me time to read or work out before class and get myself in the proper head space. One of the most important things you can do is find a routine that works for you that allows you to fully engage in your classes.
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