September 25, 2012
This post originally appeared on http://thecamspuscompanion.com and was written by a staff writer.
The Importance of a Daily Routine
Creating a daily routine, that you actually stick to, is one of the best life-hacks you can use in college. It’s an easy way to stay alert, attentive, and actually accomplish everything you want to before your day ends. When you know you kicked today’s ass, it’s a lot easier to fall asleep.
Create Time For Yourself
The rest of your day is going to be a whirlwind of classes, meals, and extracurriculars. Even if those extracurriculars involve a lighter and an Xbox controller, most days you won’t find too much time to yourself. The morning is the perfect window to schedule a little bit of the day for yourself, even if it’s just ten minutes.
If that’s too much, try taking a longer-than-usual shower and do your reflection time there. Think about what needs to get done today, and how you are going to do it. Which brings us to our next point.
Make A To-Do List
This is the foundation of your daily routine. Before you head out, make a list (or write down the one you came up with in the shower) of all the things you need to get done today. Put the big ones on top, and work your way down to the smaller ones. But make sure that you…
Hit The Big Things First
Always knock off the important points on your To-Do list first. The biggest, most important things always weighs heaviest on us, so getting them done early can do wonders for the rest of your day. If you can, get up an hour or two before class and hammer out as many things as you can. The feeling of getting out of class and having nothing to do is, quite literally, the best feeling a college student can have.
Eat a Full Breakfast
This is one thing mom definitely got right. Always make sure you put something in your belly before you head out the door. No, not a doughnut. Reach for things like eggs, whole grains, and fruit. And DON’T FORGET WATER. Chances are you’re probably dehydrated and you don’t even know it. Tired? Dehydrated. Hungry? Dehydrated.
That’s right. Want to feel better? Just drink water. The benefits of eating a healthy breakfast are huge. If you’re going to eat only one good meal a day, make it breakfast. You’ll have more focus and more energy for the rest of the day. Simply put, eating breakfast is an essential part of staying healthy in college.
I won’t lecture you on the benefits of exercise. They are there, they exist, and they’re HUGE. Not to mention the fact that most campuses have multimillion dollar facilities that students get to use for free. Creating a life-long habit of exercise is arguably the best thing you can do for your long-term health. The trick is actually getting yourself to the gym. For that, we suggested, Boredom and The Art of Tricking Yourself Into Exercising.