Start the day off right with a personalized morning routine
Setting oneself up for success starts with a consistent morning routine. However, that could look different for everyone.
Shawna Curry, founder of Health Redesigned, a total-health solutions company, suggests students schedule their day around the type of person they are.
For morning people, it might be best for them to schedule their most pressing tasks during the early hours of the day. Night owls should opt out of that 8 a.m. class for one later in the day, suggests Curry.
That is based on a student’s ability to “pay attention, focus, and to be physically present.”
However, students might be better off sleeping in a few extra hours in the morning and going along with their natural night owl tendencies, according to Curry.
In the late teen years and early 20s, a person’s circadian rhythm shifts forward a couple of hours, and to function at one’s best, it would be better to sleep in a bit later, said Curry.
“I’m not advocating for staying up later, but that’s just more the natural rhythm at your mid-teens to early 20s.
“Your morning routine would stay the same as it would if you were to wake up earlier, but you’re going to shift that whole routine a little bit later in the day.”
No matter how you schedule your day, it is important to stay consistent.
“Focus on a routine. It helps to set your body up for success,” said Curry.
“There’s going to be flexibility in your schedule as a student, but try to be somewhat predictable so your body can get into a rhythm.”
According to Curry, the best thing you can do to better your morning routine is to get off your technology first thing in the morning.
In fact, checking your texts or social media first thing could actually decrease your productivity by a “significant amount.”
“Get off [your phone]. Don’t even touch your phone for the first hour that you’re up, and use that time to do what is most important to you.”
Curry advises students to make their morning time count.
If students have an important exam to study for, Curry suggests using that time to “quality study” versus “quantity study,” or use that time to get a workout in – do something that will “fuel you for the day.”