Nighttime Routines for Easier Mornings

After a long week, I now how hard it can be to get up in the morning. Especially during the winter when your bed is warm and the rest of the world is really cold, it seems so appealing to hit the snooze button and catch some extra, cozy zzz’s.

How about setting your alarm for a little later, though? You may think there is no wiggle room to sleep in later, but there definitely is! All it takes is some careful planning and a productive night time routine.

Here are some tips to a nigh time routine that will make your morning easier:

  1. Pack your bag for the next day – put everything you need in your bag the night before so you don’t need to worry about it the next morning. Make sure you have everything like your wallet, cosmetic case, ID, and anything else you might need.
  2. Charge your phone overnight – there is almost nothing worse than a dead phone. To prevent it, charge your phone overnight to start the next day with a full battery!
  3. Lay out your clothes – put out your clothes (down to the undies and socks!) so that you don’t have to debate what to wear for a long time the next morning. Be sure to check the weather and plan accordingly! Also, iron anything that may need it.
  4. Get your makeup ready – I always put out my makeup the night before so I’m not scrambling around in my makeup bag the next morning when I’m half asleep. This way, you can do your makeup easily and quickly.

If you follow these night time steps you’re sure to have a much simpler morning and be able to get a few extra minutes of sleep!

nighttime routine

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5 Steps to a Productive Sunday

Sundays are frequently a day of relaxation and even laziness filled with TV and snacking. However, sometimes it is quite useful and rewarding to use one of these lazy days to actually be productive and get a lot of work done to kick-start the week.

Here are 5 steps towards doing just that:

  1. Wake up early – one of the biggest causes of not getting anything done over the weekend (especially in college) is sleeping the day away. Set an alarm and get yourself out of bed, have a good breakfast, and get a jump start on the day!
  2. Get some fresh air – even if you just sit outside for five minutes, getting fresh air can help clear your mind and refresh you, allowing your head to be fully ready to get stuff done.
  3. Set a schedule – even if you don’y follow it exactly, it can be useful to set a rough schedule of the day so you can manage time easier. I find it useful to always jot down a quick one on a piece of scrap paper or post it note and leave it somewhere in sight all day so I don’t lose track of time.
  4. Take time to yourself- taking breaks is not only a good idea but is totally necessary if you want to be productive for a whole day! Taking a quick break to read an old favorite book or give yourself a mani will really refresh and revamp your mind.
  5. Be goal oriented – always think towards the goals you want to accomplish during the day and how happy you will be once you reach them. After a productive day I know I always feel proud of the goals I achieved that night as I go to bed.

While some may see Sundays as a day of rest, they are also a great chance to get a lot done. Having a day full of productivity not only makes your upcoming week easier but makes you feel good about yourself!

Midterm Productivity

As weird as it sounds, working and being productive is one of my favorite things to do. Through being the president of my sorority, I learned many things about myself, but one of the biggest things is that I love completing tasks.

So with midterms upon the students of Quinnipiac this week, I’ve had a lot to do. Good thing for me, though, that I love being productive! I’ve been doing endless work and studying for hours, freakishly loving it.

Here are some things that I’m obsessed with that help me be productive during midterm week:

My Lilly Planner

Highlighters

Lists

Coffee

Pandora

What can’t you live without when it comes to being productive with your school work?

Also, check out my blog on HerCampus about leading an organized life for even more tips on how to be productive!

midterm must-haves!