Manage Your Morning Rush: 5 Tips to Get to Class On Time

If you’re like me, then getting up for that 8 am class is basically the worst.

I do try to avoid putting early classes in my schedule because I know that I am not a morning person. Sometimes though, it is unavoidable.

While morning classes are not my favorite, I know I need to get up and get to class on time.

For all of you night owls, here are a few ways you can make sure you get a good start to your day and make it to class at the right time, with the right amount of energy.

Night Before:

  • Have your bags packed.

Having your book bag, purse or workout gear ready to go the night before your early morning can be a huge help. By getting everything ready you avoid forgetting important items like textbooks, your wallet, your school ID, pens, pencils.

Running around to grab everything can add another five minutes to your getting ready time. Instead, have your things ready to go and make your way to class on time!

  •  Have your morning brew ready to go.

Whether you are a tea or a coffee person, having your morning beverage can definitely increase the pep in  your getting-ready-step.

If you are a coffee person have your coffee maker filled up and ready to go so that all it takes to get that life saving brew ready to go is pushing the ‘on’ button.

If you are more of a tea person, like me, one great option is to get an electric kettle, especially if you do not have a stove top or microwave in your dorm. Electric kettles give you nice warm water in less than two minutes. It is a definite time saver.

If you eat breakfast in the morning, which you should, you should get that prepared as well. Set out your breakfast bar or apple next to your coffee mug so it is ready when you are.

  •  Pick your clothes out.

I know, I know, it will feel like you are in elementary school again but this really helps save time in the morning. If you aren’t very particular about your clothes then it isn’t that big of a deal.

If, however, you take some time every day considering what your next attractive ensemble will be, take some time the night before to begin your screening process.

Morning Of:

  • Put your alarm clock far away.

This is a trick that I learned my freshman year of college when I was unfortunate enough to have 8:00 classes every day. I had such a hard time actually getting up after my alarm clock went off and I spent way too much time telling myself I should get five more minutes.

So, I started putting my alarm clock on my desk, which was across the room, rather than having it next to my bed. Having to get up to turn off your alarm makes it much easier to get going in the morning because you are already half way there.

  • Don’t Press Snooze.

This is probably the most difficult one for me. I am a notorious snoozer. I have been known to set my alarm almost an hour before I actually have to get up because I would snooze so much. I have found, much to my dismay, that it is better to set your alarm for the latest possible time.

That way, snoozing isn’t an option and you actually get as much sleep as you can. If you must snooze once, have the alarm on your cell phone set for ten minutes before a separate alarm. That way you have ten more minutes to consciously enjoy your bed before having to get up to turn your other alarm off.

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Amber Bray

Amber Bray

Amber Bray is a senior at North Central College studying journalism and graphic design. Apart from her classes Amber writes a relationship advice column, along with other pieces, for the North Central Chronicle. She also writes and designs for North Central’s online magazine, The Viewfinder. Amber is a trivia fanatic and in her free time she enjoys board games, reading and writing fiction, and spending time with friends and family.