We’ve all heard the complaints students make about nine am starts, but I want to argue that lectures at this time aren’t all that bad after all… hear me out:
I always wanted to be a “morning person”! You know the ones; those people who effortlessly get up early in the morning and spend their day being incredibly productive?
Undeniably it’s hard to get out of bed just as the sun is rising. However, it is doable and upon mastering the technique of becoming an early riser I have felt all the more productive and, believe it or not, energetic.
So, I am trying to suggest firstly that anyone can get up early and make it a continuous thing and secondly that it is extremely beneficial for you. Once you’ve got into the swing of things, it really does feel good! So going back to where I began, I believe nine am lectures are beneficial, why? Because they get you out of bed!
So here’s a list of what I believe to be the benefits.
More time is at your disposal
Waking up earlier allows you to squeeze things into your day that you may not have had time for if you’d stayed in bed. A productive morning means more time to do tasks you couldn’t do the day before and brings a positivity to the day, whereby the evenings can be for relaxing or hobbies as opposed to work.
You don’t have to rush your breakfast
Take a seat and enjoy your coco pops…you’ve deserved it! And what’s more? You’ve got the time to do it. Breakfast is often said to be the most important meal. I believe this to be true as it sets you up for the rest of the day, extinguishing those hunger pangs during early morning lectures.
You can stop off and grab a morning coffee.
It doesn’t even have to be a coffee, but any hot drink in the morning is somewhat relaxing and personally, Id even go so far as to say it’s acts like a placebo; once I’ve had my morning coffee I feel ready to attack the day head on! So getting up early allows you to make or buy this hot drink without the rush or inability to do so.
More time to plan your outfit!
People tend to do outfit planning the night before, however it’s equally as nice to wake up in the morning and spend more time on appearance and outfit, (if you wish to do so). There’s not that same rush to get ready and throw on whatever is nearest.
You’re not late to lectures/work/meetings/appointments/other commitments
This is, perhaps, the most crucial point. You will no longer have the need to frantically rush out of the door to catch a bus or do you weird walk/run to your lecture because you are ridiculously late! Instead? You can make your way to calmly and, hopefully, collectively too. Thinking to yourself “I have got all the time in the world”. Well… not literally, but you know what I mean.
You feel naturally tired at the end of the day
When it’s time for bed I always feel a natural tiredness if I have had a productive day and woken up early. It’s like the tiredness you feel, say, after the gym! It also makes bed seem cosier because you just want to snuggle up and fall asleep.
You feel more organised
When you do not feel that same need to rush and you can space things out more throughout your day, it provides for better organisation and, consequently, better peace of mind.
You can exercise in the morning
I’ve put this in here because I know some people love to workout in the morning. Unfortunately, I have never been and probably never will be that person. For me, exercise/gym is an evening thing. But I think if you get up earlier and you do like to go to the gym or go for a run in the morning then you’ll have more of a chance because after work/university things often arise or “something’s come up” to prohibit you from going to the gym despite having planned to.
Suggestions to aid with early rising
- Place your alarm far away from your bed so you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off.
- Set your alarm as a song that fills you with energy and makes you happy. It may make you feel energised and put a smile on your face!
- Go to bed earlier
- Give yourself a reward or something to look forward to for the first few times you wake up early, it makes it feel more worthwhile until you get into the routine of just naturally doing it.
- Just do it, because you CAN!