Early Riser
I think it is a fair statement to say that most college students are not morning people. Most of us can’t stand the idea of an 8 a.m. class. In fact, most of us are probably night owls that would rather stay up until 2 a.m. partying or hanging out. If being a night owl works for you, then great. But there are lots of benefits to waking up early that you should consider making yourself an early riser instead.

Getting up early gives you more time to yourself to spend how ever you want. I like to spend that time checking email, reading up on the news, and check my schedule for the day ahead. Some people like to spend this extra time exercising by going for a run or doing some yoga in the quiet.

Getting up early also keeps me from rushing around, trying to put myself together as fast as possible because I’m running late. I’d show up for class or work looking barely awake, grumpy, and feeling behind – a horrible way to start your day. Getting up earlier means I can take my time getting ready and arrive to class or work feeling refreshed and ready for whatever the day brings.

Getting up early also means I have time to make myself a good breakfast. I often cook pancakes (my favorite being blueberry) and bacon with a side of fruit or yogurt. It is so nice to actually take my time and enjoy my breakfast rather than shoveling it into my mouth as I run out the door.

During these morning hours, I am so much more productive. I can study without any distractions or read a chapter or two for class. Sometimes I spend this time writing blog posts or looking for inspiration. Without all of the distractions, I get so much work done. It’s wonderful.

Becoming an early riser takes time. It is best to start going to bed 15 minutes earlier and setting your alarm to wake you up 15 minutes earlier for a few days to get your body used to it. Then repeat the process until you wake up at your goal time. For me, I like to wake up between 6:30 or 7:00 a.m. because I have a lot of night classes. But for someone with a lot going on in the morning, waking up at 5:30 or 6 a.m. might be better.

Start putting your alarm clock far away from your bed. I like to keep mine a few feet away – just enough that I have to get out of bed to turn it off. Since I’m already up, I’m far more likely to just stay up. Once I’m up, I’m much less likely to try to rationalize it so I go back to bed. Then I get out of my bedroom as quickly as I can – getting away from the bed removes the temptation even more.

But getting up early is pointless if you don’t have something to do with this time. Take advantage of the time and do something that feeds your soul.