Let’s be honest: some days, it takes more than a couple cups of coffee to get going.
Mama said there’d be days like this! Maybe you stayed up to finish that project, or maybe the late-night monologues were just too funny to switch off. Whatever the case, it isn’t rare for a hardworking intern’s day to run well past sunset…
…Or to kick-start as the sun comes up! No matter what’s on the calendar, whether you’re headed off to work or to class, a great day starts with a great morning. Here are some tips to help you get up on the right side of the bed (and maybe even eliminate the need for some of that caffeine!):
1. Preparation is key
Before you head to bed, take a look at your calendar. What’s on tap for tomorrow? Double-check times, print out directions or jot down an address. Pick out your outfit, pack your lunch, and make sure to stash that assignment in your bag. The less you have to think about (and potentially forget) as you rub your eyes in the AM, the better.
2. Pep in your step
Be your own best friend and leave yourself a little sticky note on the bedside table or bathroom mirror. “Go get ‘em with that presentation!” “What’s cooking, good-looking?” A little bit of motivation goes a long way.
3. Wake up call
No matter how motivated you may be, everyone has the temptation to hit snooze and crawl back under the covers. Eliminate that thought altogether by setting your alarm clock or phone across the room from where you sleep. Getting up to turn it off forces you up and at ‘em – the key is to keep moving, don’t let your pillow beckon you back to bed!
4. Lay low later
You’ve heard it before: too much television, computer or other “screen” action prevents you from drifting easily into that much-needed sleep. Suffice to say, too much of anything right before bed can’t be good – that includes food. Rather than munch out or watch that one last YouTube video, catch up on that book you’ve been meaning to read – wind down as much as you can so the transition to shut-eye is easier.
5. Early to bed, early to rise
Go to bed early, consistently. Obviously, there will be nights when work will keep you up or events will end late – don’t slack simply for the sake of making “bedtime.” But on the nights when you can stick to a sleep schedule, do. Your body – and your boss – will thank you!
This blog was written by Rachel Morello, our Campus Ambassador at Northwestern University. She is a Journalism major with an emphasis in Broadcast. You can follow her on Twitter: @morellomedia.