College is the time you learn many new and exciting things that will benefit you after graduation. One of the most important things you will learn? Time management.

College teaches you the pros and cons of staying in bed vs going to class and going out to party vs studying for that exam.

Waking Up

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The morning hours tend to be the hardest part of the day for many college students, especially when it comes to getting out of bed.

Here are some great tips to help you get out of bed and start your day:

1. Let it shine!

Stop pressing the snooze button every time your alarm goes off.

Instead, buy a lamp to wake you up in the morning. As soon as your alarm goes off, turn your lamp on.

Many people react to the brightness of the light negatively, but as time passes, your body will get used to the routine and naturally wake up when the light shines.

2. Sleep more?

Yes, get more sleep… by going to bed earlier. The earlier you go to bed, the earlier you’ll be able to wake up.

However, this is where time management comes in. Set a schedule for yourself in which you feel as though you can work with. With this system, you’ll be well-rested when you wake up in the morning.

3. Stretch those limbs!

Working out in the morning can be highly beneficial for your body AND your brain, giving it more oxygen and energy for you to function throughout the day.

As soon as your alarm goes off, start your morning workouts with some simple exercises and gradually push your body to more difficult exercises. Each morning you will feel full of energy and refreshed!

4. Do what you need to do the night before.

As college students, we sometimes put things off to the last minute. In order to get more sleep and feel more energetic throughout the day, you should have everything done and ready before you go to bed.

If you have a paper to print out, print it out as soon as you’re done with it and put it in your book bag so you won’t forget it. Lay your clothes out the night before so you’re not struggling trying to figure out what to where the next day.

It’s the little things you can easily get done the night before that keep you from running around like chicken with its head cut off in the morning.

5. The most important meal of the day.

When people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, they mean, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day.

When you wake up in the morning, your body needs fuel to get going. Eating a robust breakfast will allow you to feel more alert and energized to at least get you through your morning, if not your whole day.

Graduating

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6. Just do it!

It’s not just a Nike slogan, it’s pretty much life’s slogan.

Sometimes you just have to push yourself to hit that alarm button, get up and get going—it’s as simple as that.

When you really want something, you work hard for hit; you chase it. Don’t waste time lounging around. Maximize on your potential and just do it!

The rewards that life offers us when you rise to the occasion are fruitful and in a college student’s case, graduating is piece of fruit!

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