5 Ways To GUARANTEE Yourself a Better Morning || My Morning Routine || How to Survive College

Happy Weekend, everyone! I haven’t actually put up an actual blogpost up in a LONNNNNNNNNNG time but I’m here today with 5 Tips to Guarantee* Yourself a Better Morning!

*obviously it’s not /guaranteed/ guaranteed but I’ll do my best to make sure you have a better morning

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I’m currently in the throes of my sophomore year of college, and free time is few and far between. I don’t have time to have an entire get-ready morning-routine much of the time, and time to myself is rare.

However, what I’ve come to realize is that if I get some time to myself in the morning and have a set morning routine, the rest of my day goes so much more smoothly and I have a much better mindset about the day. With that, I am more productive, I have a better attitude, and am overall just happier. (my introvert-ness is showing, huh?)

So what exactly do I do to guarantee myself a better morning? I’m about to tell you, right now!

  1. Get ready for the day THE NIGHT BEFORE. For me, it’s packing my backpack, picking out an outfit for the next day, setting out my Bible and journal, and making my coffee so I can just pour it over ice in the morning. Since I’ve been getting up before my roommate, I try to eliminate as many steps as I can so that I can just wake up, grab my stuff, and leave the room before making too much noise or turning on the light.
  2. Wake up EARLIER! I know we all have nights where we have to stay up late studying (or socializing) and LIFE just happens, but I’ve been waking up before 7 every morning (which is 2 hours earlier than I used to 🙈) and just spending that time on myself (which sometimes does come in the form of studying) before the day officially starts.2019-07-19 05.20.33 1.jpg
  3. Spend some time with God before other things. I’m super prone to putting quiet time on the back burner, and forgetting about it for large amounts of time, but I’ve been back on the quiet time game, and it really is the best thing 😍 I’ll be the first to admit, my quiet time sometimes involves more Instagram than actual Bible reading, but I’ve been making the effort and prioritizing some time with God, and it’s been amazing. (more blogposts on this topic coming soon!)
  4. Calendar block out your day. I have other blogposts that touch on this here and here, but I really really like planning out my day before I start it, so that I always know what I’m supposed to be doing and what I’ll be doing at any given point during the time. It used to stress me out and make me think I needed to have stuff in place for every single minute of the day, but then I realized I could calendar block in relaxing time, and now I love it again!
  5. Study some before your classes start! I really REALLY don’t like showing up to class unprepared, and I always feel behind if I don’t have a little background knowledge/done a little background reading before I show up to class (where are my premed/bio/chem kids at?) so studying a little before I go to class has helped me understand the material so much better and just makes my classes for that day so much easier and smoother!

For the past couple weeks, I’ve had this morning (and evening!) routine, and my life is CHANGED. I’ve been able to face the day so much more prepared (I used to wake up, muddle around some, probably finish some homework, and then run off to class. Yes, it was as much of a mess as it sounds), and I feel so much more organized and productive in the morning!


Let’s chat in the comments! Do you have a morning routine? What are some things that make you feel productive in the morning? Leave a comment down below; I’d love to chat with you!

7 thoughts on “5 Ways To GUARANTEE Yourself a Better Morning || My Morning Routine || How to Survive College

  1. Madison Grace November 12, 2019 / 9:49 am

    Ahh, I love that morning routine — I really need to establish a better one for myself! Thanks so much for sharing this; I think I’m going to take today and design one 😄

    Also, a question if I may ask: is college extremely time-consuming? I don’t have any plans to go to a large college, just a Bible college, but I’m worried that it’ll take up most of my time and I won’t be able to do other things—specifically a part-time job that’s really important to me—during those years. 🤔

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    • Hanne T December 31, 2019 / 10:29 pm

      Hey, Madison!! Sorry I didn’t get a chance to reply to this; it must have slipped through the cracks!
      College is pretty time consuming, but a part-time job is definitely doable. I don’t personally have a job, but I do have some time to myself, and I have one of the more time consuming majors (I have a double major, one of which is biology/premed, so it’s pretty intensive). I definitely think it’s doable, and I know people who work through college!! I would definitely say go for it, and if it feels like it’s taking up too much time, cutting back on a couple hours will be perfectly fine. 🙂

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      • Madison Grace January 2, 2020 / 9:10 am

        Oops, hit reply too soon. XD Thank you do so much for the advice, I really appreciate it!!

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  2. Maggie November 14, 2019 / 10:24 am

    Loved this, Hanne! So glad you have a morning routine that works for you and helps you to start your day on a happier foot! 😀 ❤ Every morning, I love reading, drinking one glass of coffee (I only have two cups or more if I had to get up very early lol) and spending time with my family. Starting off the day in a calm atmosphere really helps me to get focused on what the day will bring! 🙂

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  3. haileyhudson December 20, 2019 / 7:13 pm

    I am all about the calendar blocking! I have to sleep so late that I don’t really do much in the morning besides roll out of bed and open my email, lol, but calendar blocking helps me make the most of the limited time/energy I do have!

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    • Hanne T December 23, 2019 / 5:11 pm

      YES!! It’s so helpful even for limited amounts of time!

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