The Ultimate College Morning Routine
This post is about the best college morning routine!
I have always been a BIG morning person and not a night owl at all.
If you’re not a morning person by nature and need some help developing a good morning routine during college, these tips are for you!
These are things I personally did in the morning during college (and still do now that I’ve graduated!) that helped me get ready for a productive day.
Here are the six steps to my college morning routine:
1. Wake up early.
For days when you have morning classes, I recommend waking up at least one hour before your first class of the day.
If there are days where you don’t have classes until later in the day, I would still wake up at the same time instead of sleeping in for consistency.
If you know you like to hit the snooze button a few times, set your alarm even earlier so you can snooze and still wake up at least an hour before your first class! This gives you time to start your day without being in a rush.
2. Make your bed.
Making your bed literally only takes one minute and it makes your room seem SO much tidier. (Especially if you are living in a tiny dorm room!)
It also helps create a barrier between “bedtime” and “daytime” which is healthier and can make you more productive.
3. Drink water.
Are you actually drinking enough water?! Most people don’t. One of the best things you can do in the morning is start off your day with a glass of water.
(Drink a glass of water BEFORE you have any tea/coffee in the morning.)
If you’re one of those people that has trouble remembering to drink water throughout the day, download an app on your phone like Plant Nanny that will incentivize you and remind you to drink enough water!
I also recommend a refillable water bottle you can bring to class with you.
4. Eat breakfast.
I am one of those people that HAS to eat breakfast first thing in the morning. (Like, I will literally faint if I try to go about my morning without eating first.)
Typically in college, I just had something that was quick and basic like a bowl of cereal, a bagel, or a granola bar for breakfast.
If you are truly not a breakfast person, I would still recommend having something small (even if it’s just a piece of fruit) in the morning.
5. Write in a journal.
This is one thing where you’re probably thinking, I don’t have time to write in a journal every morning. And trust me, I am the same way!
If you’re more ambitious you can write for longer in the morning, but I know most college students are busy so these journals are a good option because only take a few minutes and are a great way to start your day!
6. Plan your day.
A big thing I do every morning is check my planner.
Typically, I like to plan out my weeks in advance (such as on Sunday night) but then every morning I check out what I have for the day and add anything else I can think of. It makes me feel more organized and ready for the day ahead.
That’s it! That was my simple college morning routine I followed every day.
This is an example of a basic college morning routine that is very easy to follow and will help you be more productive and ready for the day.
Other College Morning Routine Ideas
Below are some more college morning routine ideas you can incorporate into your mornings. These are things that I did not necessarily do every morning during college, but that might work for you!
- STUDY: If you focus better in the mornings, you may want to try designating some time for studying right when you wake up.
- READ: I didn’t do this in college, but I do it more now that I’ve graduated! I almost always read for 20 to 30 minutes in the morning while I eat breakfast instead of checking my phone, and I love it.
- STRETCH: This is something I really should do every day because it’s SO good for you. Stretching for just 5 minutes in the morning is amazing for your health. Super easy and you can do it in your dorm room.
- EXERCISE: You’ll never catch me hitting the gym in the mornings but some people LOVE it. Who knows, maybe you are one of those people!
- MEDITATE: A lot of people find a lot of benefit in meditating for 5 to 10 minutes in the morning and it can be a great way to start off your day.
Hopefully these tips help you develop your own morning routine!
More College Tips
For more of my best posts about college, you may want to read…
- 25 Dorm Room Essentials That Will Save Your Life
- 7 Dorm Desk Essentials to Keep You Organized
- What NOT to Bring to College (And What to Bring Instead)