Don’t Want To Get Out of Bed? 4 Ways To Avoid Skipping Class

College can be exhausting and emotionally draining whether you are a Freshman or a second year Senior.

Everyone has those days where your alarm goes off and it seems almost physically impossible to get out from underneath the warm blanket burrito that you’ve been swaddling yourself in for the night.

Here are the steps I take to climb out of bed and make it to class every single day.

  • Whine a little bit:

Take the time to think about all the things you must accomplish for the day and just whine about all of it. Wallow in all of the homework you haven’t done yet, the workouts you haven’t accomplished, and all the other small details that are coming your way.

But wait, that’s not all. Once you’ve had yourself a good cup of whine and cheese plate, move on. It’s okay to feel like you have so much to do and life is going to be hard for the day but you can’t stay in that mindset if you want to get out of bed and move on with your day. You’ve had your time, now it’s time to overcome.

  • Make SMART goals:

Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely. Those are the criteria for your goals. This is because with all of these qualifiers, you’ll be able to make goals that are not unreachable. People (including myself) tend to create goals during the day that are really not that attainable. “I’m going to start and finish this eight page paper a week earlier.” Yes, it might seem like an awesome goal that if you actually got done would make life so much easier, but it really isn’t realistic.

Map out your day and make SMART goals for yourself along the way.

  • After I get out of bed and shower, I’m going to read 30 pages of my Media Uses and Effects book and take notes
  • Before lunch I want to email my academic advisor to ask a question about a class I want to take next semester
  • Between classes I’m going to start brainstorming ideas for my big paper

These types of goals are specific making them easier to carry through with and not make you feel like you’re taking on the world.

  • Think about what you’re looking forward to:

It’s always a good thing to remind yourself that even though college may be difficult, there’s usually a lot to be excited about. Once you get yourself involved in extracurricular activities and start making new friends, you’ll have plenty of good stuff to look forward to.

I personally like to make a list of things that make me happy that I know I will/want to encounter. Making these lists will push all of the looming deadlines to the back of your brain and bring the sunshine moments to the forefront.

Remember, these don’t have to be huge things like “going to a concert” or “taking a vacation.” There are so many little things that you can find throughout the day that’ll help motivate you to get moving.

  • Be your own cheerleader:

As lame as this might sound, giving yourself a pep talk right before you climb down your bed to start your day really does give you an extra push to get up. Now, you don’t have to make up cheers and a fight song in order to do this. It can be as simple as “you are ready for this day, nothing is going to get you down.”

Whatever sort of motivation you feel like you need for the day, use that in your pep talk. Keeping yourself positive at all times is a really good strategy to make sure you don’t turn off your alarm and head back to bed.

Hey! Guess what? If you just went through these steps, you’re probably out of bed and ready to start your day. And honestly, sometimes that’s a big deal. So congratulations and have an awesome day!

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Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas is a freshman at University of Iowa studying Journalism and Nonfiction Creative Writing. She plans to one day be able to get paid to travel around the world writing about her adventures. The day you can find her travel book on the shelves of bookstores will be the day she has finally reached her life goal. When she is not pursuing her dreams of travel writing, she is either at the University's radio station or on her computer wasting time on Tumblr and Netflix.