How to Make it to Your 8:30am Lectures

By University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa Modified on February 04, 2022
Tags : Health and Wellness

Waking up for early morning classes doesn't have to be a struggle anymore.

 How to Make it to Your 8:30am Lectures

Getting up early for 8:30 am classes could be one of the toughest challenges many students can face, even with online classes. The allure of your comfy bed, staying in your cozy pyjamas and getting some more shut eye is strong.

Here are some tips to help make your mornings more enjoyable.

Go to bed early

Benjamin Franklin once said: "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise".

The preparations for morning class start the night before. The better sleep you get, the easier it will be for you to wake up the following morning and stay focused in class. Everyone’s circadian rhythm is different, find your ideal amount of sleep required, and stick to this sleep schedule.

Motivate yourself

Find something that drives you. For example, many people find putting their phone/alarm away from their bed very helpful. This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but a great way to force you to get out of your bed.

Another way to motivate yourself is to think about something exciting that you will do in the morning. If you can get out of your bed early. Congratulations, you are already halfway to success.

Utilize the resources around you

If you know a friend who likes to wake up early (preferably in your morning class), ask them to call (or text) you in the morning to wake you up. You could also make a pact with a friend, every time you fail to show up to a morning class, you will shell out some cash or treat them to something.

Can’t find a friend to help you out? No problem, you could also utilize the wide variety of apps available to save yourself from distractions and help you to wake up early.

Build an enjoyable morning routine

Provide yourself with some incentives to stop hitting snooze over and over again.

Whether it's your favourite playlist, a quick workout session, or the smell of your favourite breakfast food or go to cup of joe, pick something that will always make you smile.

Adjusting to an early sleeping schedule won’t be easy. A new morning routine could take several weeks to develop. But trust me, waking up early will get easier day by day, and I’m confident that you will gradually master the art of rising early. When the time comes to face the cold morning walks to campus again, you’ll be ready.

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