How To Become a Morning Person In College - Honestly Hannah

How To Become a Morning Person In College

First and foremost, let me preface this post by reminding you all that I LOVE sleeping in. There's nothing better than rolling out of bed at 11 AM and staying in your pjs all afternoon. Let's be honest though, have you ever really had a productive day after sleeping in all morning? I'm all for the occasional extended slumber, but this past year at college, I discovered how important it really is to at least make an effort to be a morning person. Not only will you have a more productive day, but chances are you'll actually have a lot more energy than you would if you had slept in. 

College is a bit weird, because you have the option of making all your classes start after noon when making your schedule. I didn't do exactly this, but second semester last year I had class at 11 AM three days a week and 12:30 PM the other two days. Yep. So unnecessary. I actually regretted this decision throughout the semester, and I wish I had chosen to make my schedule a little differently. After a week or two of waking up at 10 AM every week day, I realized that I could be doing so much more in the morning. I started to feel like I was wasting way too much time sleeping. While sleep is super important, it's completely possible to get too much sleep. If you're averaging around 8 hours a night, you're in great shape sleep-wise. During the first week or two of second semester, I was probably averaging around 10 hours a night. That is definitely not necessary. I felt sluggish and just not myself, so I made a decision. I decided to wake up around 8 AM (or sometimes earlier) each weekday morning. This was an amazing decision, but how did I do it? Today, I'm sharing with you guys how to become a morning person in college!

Try to go to sleep and wake up around the same time every day.
I admit, this is really hard, especially in college. When you're up late doing homework or studying, sometimes you don't really have any other choice than to stay up later than you typically would. It's all about doing your best. No, you may not get into bed at exactly 11:30 every night and you may not wake up at exactly 8 AM, but you can certainly try your best. Routine is super important in college. If your body is used to going to sleep at a certain time, you'll likely begin to feel tired around that time. Listen to your body! If you're feeling sleepy, simply go to sleep. Do not force yourself to stay awake and study if you're absolutely beat. 

Have some sort of morning ritual.

Your morning ritual doesn't have to be anything fancy, but as I just mentioned, routine is really important. Make sure there's something that you look forward to in the morning. For me, I love relaxing and sipping on a cup of coffee made from my favorite Starbucks K-Cups as I plan out my day. Whatever it is that makes you want to start your morning, make sure you do that every morning!

Move your workouts to the morning.

I used to do my workouts in the afternoon, but once I started doing them in the morning, I simply couldn't go back. Whenever I workout in the morning, I feel so much more energized and ready for the day. Plus, not having to worry about heading to the gym after a long day of classes in an added bonus.  I even started to look forward to my workouts by the end of the year... like what?!

Listen to some music. 

Listening to music always gets me pumped up for the day. Not only does it help to wake me up, but it also puts me in a good mood so I start my day off right. It also makes getting ready a little more fun (since getting ready when you're tired is the absolute worst). Create a morning playlist on your phone filled with uplifting and upbeat songs so you can just hit play real quick before you start getting ready for the day. 

Do some planning the night before. 

Try to get organized before you even go to sleep so you don't have to think too much when you wakeup. Are there things you need to get done in the morning? Write them down! Do you need to print out your essay for your first class? Write that down too! Chances are, you probably won't remember when you first wake up, so get it down on paper beforehand. I actually like to plan a bit in the morning. I find it relaxing, but some people like to have everything ready to go and have the whole day all planned out before they even turn on the shower, and that can be really helpful. 

What are some of your morning rituals?

XO Hannah


  1. nice pics, great post

  2. Great tips- I find that organizing myself for the morning the night before really helps!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    1. It really does! You don't have to worry about anything in the morning!

  3. Great post dear!

  4. These were great tips! Writing down plans or to do lists the night before always help me! I really love the way you write. Your blog is amazing :)

  5. Great post dear!

  6. Lovely post dear! I really needed to read this because I am not a morning person at all and since I am going back to school fairly soon I am going to have to get back into the routine. Thank you for sharing these tips, they are lovely xx

  7. I think having a morning routine/ritual to look forward to is really important. I actually accidentally slept in this morning and it really threw off my morning routine, which ended up throwing off my whole day!


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