3 Tips for College Students to Kick-Start Summer School Mornings

[Editor’s note: the following is a guest post by Lenore Holditch]

Summer school can be a drag. Not only do you have to be in class while your friends are out having fun, but you also miss the luxury of sleeping in.

But, no matter if you’re a morning person or not, the ability to kick-start your morning can greatly improve your daily productivity.

Routine and organization are key factors in ensuring you have a smooth school day from start to finish. Incorporate the following tips into your morning ritual and you’ll enjoy better productivity and have a better attitude the entire day:

Student time management begins with a college student planner!

Tip #1: Plan Ahead

Each night, spend time preparing for the next day so your morning is less chaotic.

This includes:

  • Select your next day’s outfit and iron it
  • Pack your lunch
  • Put your books and documents in your backpack
  • Set the coffee machine so it automatically starts brewing the moment you wake up
  • Have a clean “to-go” cup near the coffee machine so you can take it with you in a jiffy
  • Plug in your cell phone and place it on your purse or wallet so you won’t waste time looking for it
  • Place your keys on a key holder at the front door
  • Put gas in your car the night before so you don’t waste time filling up in the morning
  • Review your “next-day” agenda before bed — chances are you will sleep more soundly knowing what “awaits” you the next day
  • On a similar note, it’s probably best to check the weather to see if travel delays are likely

Tip #2: Make Schedules

Having a variety of schedules will save you precious time in getting your day started. For example, if you have several roommates and a limited number of bathrooms make a “bathroom schedule” that clearly states who uses which bathrooms at what time and for how long. Including a bathroom timer may seem overboard, but if it keeps everyone on schedule then so be it.

You can also create a breakfast schedule for yourself – a list of meal ideas so you’re not scrambling for ideas each morning. If time is an issue, think of some portable meals that you can eat on the bus or in class, if necessary.

Other schedules you should consider include morning duties for you and your roommates such as: who takes out the trash, feeds the dog, and makes sure appliances are turned off.

Tip #3: Prioritize

Lastly, it’s important you stay on track each morning. Get yourself showered and ready for school before you become distracted by attention-grabbing activities like watching the news or going online. This doesn’t mean you can’t turn on the television or radio and hear what’s going on while you’re getting dressed, but sitting down can wrap you in and steal your time.

If you like to read the headlines in the morning that’s perfectly fine, but make sure you’ve taken care of the important tasks first.

Also, if you like to check email or your social networking sites in the morning, wait until after you’re dressed – you can easily lose track of time responding to messages and reading people’s statuses.

What is/was your most important tip for getting your day off to a good start in college? Please comment.

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This guest contribution was submitted by Lenore Holditch, who specializes in writing about top online colleges. Questions and comments can be sent to: holditch.lenore @ gmail.com.