For some people staying up till 2-3am finishing a homework assignment works for them, but last year it caused me more stress/worry than good. I decided to change up my sleep schedule because 2-3am nights didn’t work for me and left me exhausted & miserable the next day. Over break I watched a few YouTube videos explaining how to change up your sleep schedule the right way. The trick is going to bed your normal time and waking up the time you want to change it to; don’t take any naps in-between and when you’re ready to fall back asleep wait till the time that’ll give you 8 hours of sleep and wake up your desired time. This took me a few nights during break to get it right but I did. Training myself to a different sleep time over break wasn’t ideal, but I knew if I waited for classes to start I would’ve fallen into the same bad habits. I’ve been trying going to bed around 10 (or sooner), then waking up 5 for a good 7 hours of sleep. Never have I been a morning person! It’s crazy waking up at 5, but I actually find it very peaceful in the morning; where it feels like I’m up before the world’s awake and I’ve got a head start on my day.
Having a routine helps me accomplish what needs to get done and keeps me on top of my work. After waking up, I make my bed; pretty simple thing to do, but to me it means more. It became a habit of mine not to make my bed in the morning because I felt lazy in the morning and it felt like I ‘didn’t have time’. Then I heard a talk once about making your bed; it talked about making your bed and how it prepares you for your day; it’s your first accomplishment of the day. Then when you have a bad day, where you feel unproductive and lazy, you’ll come home to your one accomplishment; your nicely made bed.
Eating breakfast is something I would also skip during high school & last semester. Many people have told me time and time again how important a good breakfast is but I didn’t listen. I’ve eaten breakfast every day this semester and I’ve had so much more energy and motivation for my day.
Last semester didn’t go great with these unhealthy lifestyles I had. I was constantly tired and unmotivated to complete assignments. Coming into this semester, not because of New Years, but because my academic grades weren’t where I wanted them to be. I knew I needed to change my system and know when to prioritize certain assignments. Not to say you should change up your system, but this is what works for me. You should though find an area in your life you feel could improve on and find a routine that works for you.