How Waking Up Early Can Make You More Productive

Do you have that feeling like there isn't enough time in the day? Like everyday I just didn't have any time to myself. I was feeling that way lately and I had so much on my plate with four exams and various assignments. And so I decided to try a new schedule and it actually worked out really well for me. I wanted to share with you all how waking up early can make you more productive!

My Schedule

As you can see, my weekly schedule is pretty hectic. Once I start with my classes I'm out and about all day until bedtime. Honestly most days after I leave my room I don't get back until about 11pm. This left me feeling like I just didn't have enough time in the day and I really wanted to find a way to make more time.

So to be more productive, I decided to wake up early in the morning. I am a morning person, which is why my classes start at 9am. But even waking up at 8am wasn't giving me enough time in the morning. I decided to set my alarm for 6:30 each day. At 6:30 am I wake up and start to get ready, then at 7am I leave my room and head to either Starbucks or ESJ for some coffee and yogurt and get some work started.

Why It Helps

I love how peaceful and quiet it is in the morning. By adopting this new schedule, I have come to really value my mornings! It helps my days go by so much smoother. So what do I do in the mornings? I like to catch up on notes, emails, and anything that I didn't get to finish the day before. I have never been a late-night person, but this semester has been so busy I stayed up until 2am one night just doing work. However, unlike a lot of people, this really doesn't work for me. I've decided to sleep around 11- 12 pm each night and wake up and 6:30 each day, which gives me about 6.5-7 hours of sleep each night. It is less than the ideal 8 hours but it is close enough for now.

How You Can Do This Too

If you would like to try this schedule here are some tips.

1. Have a schedule similar to how I have a google calendar schedule as this can help you stay organized with your time.

2. Have a set bed time routine, after a certain hour start your routine and get into bed. Whatever work you didn't finish can be done in the morning

3. Set realistic goals for the mornings, some goals that can be done in 2-3 hours.

4. Set a morning routine that makes you excited to get up in the morning

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