As a student, sometimes your morning routine can become a little.. shall we say.. chaotic. Here is a simple morning routine for students- plus 9 tips to help your morning run more smoothly.
Why have a morning routine as a student?
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then your morning routine has to be the most important time of the day.
Your morning has the potential to set you up for a productive, successful day, or it can set you up for a stressful day where you’re constantly falling behind. That’s why it’s so important to start the day with your best foot forward!
Everyones morning routine is different and should be different. Theres no specific formula that works for everybody.
Still, it’s always great to find tips and advice that can help you optimize your day!
I recommend looking at this list and applying it appropriately, as would be useful and applicable in your life.
Start the night before
The best morning routines begin the night before. It’ll be hard to have a smooth morning if your evening was full of laziness or stress.
I don’t like to do a lot before I go to bed. Motivation is low.
That’s why it’s important for me to have goals set beforehand, so I don’t give in to laziness.
I find that it’s valuable for me to have the kitchen clean before I go to bed. There’s nothing so refreshing as waking up in the morning to a clean, welcoming kitchen! It doesn’t take long, just put any dirty dishes in the dishwasher and wipe off the counters!
If you’re someone who spends half an hour in the morning struggling to decide what to wear, you may benefit from setting out your outfit the night before. I find it’s easier for me to make that kind of decision before I go to bed than it is as soon as I wake up.
I also like to make a list..
Make morning routine to-do list
Being a student can be an exciting, yet, exhausting time. Trying to balance spiritual, social, and student life can feel impossible… and sometimes, maybe it is.
That’s where prioritizing your time comes in handy. Make a list of all the things you would like to accomplish in the morning, whether that be making coffee, taking a shower, journaling, reading Scripture, packing lunch… all of it. Next, organize the list in order of highest importance.
It is so valuable to see everything laid out and organized, and it will take a lot of stress out of your morning.
I usually do this the night before, right before I go to sleep. This keeps worries about tomorrow from sneaking into my brain and keeping me awake. I have everything laid out and planned, and I know what to expect. There’s nothing more to stress about.
Wake up on time
Perhaps this is obvious, but it really can’t be overstated. Waking up on time will set you up for a successful day.
There’s nothing worse than getting home from a long day of school, only to realize you left the house in absolute chaos.
Leave yourself enough time in the morning to clean up your makeup supplies, tidy up the kitchen, and fix your bed. Coming home to a reasonably clean and orderly house is extremely refreshing!
Spend time in the Bible
As students, life is busy. I think we’ve properly established that.
If you are a Christian, reading your Bible and praying every day should be at the very top of your priorities list. Even if you’re not a Christian, reading the words of Jesus from books like Matthew and John are ideal for establishing your moral compass before you head out into the world.
Some people have an easy time spending time in prayer and the Bible in the evening, but for those of us who tend to get bogged down near the end of the day with unfinished tasks, this is not a good time. It’s far too easy to put it off.
I encourage you to spend at least the first 20-30 minutes of your morning dedicated to time with God. You won’t regret it.
Put cream in your coffee
This one may sound a bit odd, but hear me out.
Caffeine has a big impact on your body, and it’s especially great at stimulating your metabolism. Sounds great! Right?
Well, yes. That can be a good thing. Having a faster metabolism means we burn more calories and our body runs better! The problem comes when we stimulate the metabolism without giving our body any fuel…
This, unfortunately, can have a very negative impact. Without fuel, a lot of stress gets placed on the liver and adrenal glands. This is detrimental to your long-term health. The body will go into survival mode and start burning as few calories as possible to conserve energy. That’s not what we want!
Thankfully, this can be remedied by eating a good breakfast before having your morning coffee. Also, make sure to add some cream and maple syrup as well to really give your metabolism a boost.
Eat a protein-rich breakfast
I’ve always heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but for the vast majority of my life I either skipped breakfast, or had cereal… After a long time, I wasn’t hungry in the mornings anymore.
Little did I know what kind of impact this would have on my body!
Having a balanced breakfast with lots of carbs, protein, and healthy fats is extremely important for your metabolism and general health.
Even if you’re not hungry, I would strongly recommend at least having something small for breakfast within an hour of waking up. This is especially important if you drink coffee in the mornings! This is one morning routine for students you shouldn’t go without.
Example breakfast: 1 fruit of choice (banana, orange, peach, etc), 2 eggs fried in coconut oil, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1 piece of buttered sourdough toast.
Here’s a list of 7 Nourishing Breakfast Ideas if you want more inspiration!
Pack a lunch
Packing lunch not only saves a ton of money, it is also generally much better for you than what you’ll find out and about! That’s a win-win in my book.
The easiest way to make this happen is by making extra of whatever you’re having for dinner the night night before. Leftovers are easy to pack and don’t take any extra effort! If you don’t have any leftovers, just stick to something simple and attainable.
If it’s not simple and attainable, you’re less likely to make it a habit.
Simple packed lunch ideas:
A sourdough bagel with avocado. (Bring the avocado whole and slice it when you’re ready for lunch)
Turkey sandwich with fruit
Cheese, fruit, cracker, and deli meat charcuterie box. (Throw in some dark chocolate if you’re feeling extra fancy)
Get some fresh air
When creating a morning routine for students, outdoor time should be one of the first things to consider. After all, you’re going to be cooped up in a classroom most of the day! Not to mention homework.
If you happen to have a backyard, this is an incredibly beneficial and refreshing way to start your morning. Get outside and get some fresh air and sunlight before a long day of being in a classroom!
This doesn’t have to take any extra time from your morning:
You can have your prayer and Scripture reading time outside
Eat your breakfast outside
Do that last bit of homework outside
You’re sure to feel better than if you had stayed inside all day!
My Morning Routine as a Student
Although it will vary from person to person, depending on what time you need to leave for school and how long you take to get ready, here is an example.
6:30am Wake up!
6:30-7:00am Prayer time
7:00-7:30am Get ready
7:30-8:00am Pack lunches and make breakfast
8:00-8:15am Eat Breakfast
8:15am Leave for school
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Have any other ideas for a morning routine for students? Let me know in the comments!