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Making the most of your study mornings

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Making the most of your study mornings

Early mornings are home to some of your most creative moments of the day. This is because the morning brings with it a fresh mind and a fresh mind is exactly what you need for those 5am study missions. But you also can’t wake up and expect to hit the books just like that. Follow these steps and reap the success.

 

Shower

Showering in the morning before a study session will help wake you up and wash that sleep out of your eyes. You will feel relaxed, refreshed and ready to tackle those books. Use the warmth of the shower to warm your muscles for the next step in your morning routine.

 

Stretch

While your muscles are still warm, stretch them out. Start with your neck then move to your shoulders, arms, fingers, back, torso, hips, hamstrings, quads, calves, ankles and toes. Workout any tension in your body from the previous day or from your sleeping position. This will increase blood flow and help to energise your body and prepare your body for what’s to come.

 

Get out of your room

Now it’s time to get out of your room. If you stay in your room, you’re likely to climb back into bed and fall asleep. Don’t tell yourself you can study in your bed, it’s five ‘o'clock in the morning and you normally only get up at seven… your body will put you back to sleep.

Find an area in the house, or flat, where it’s quiet – well it should be quiet in any case because it’s so early – and where there are no distractions. Make sure there is enough light, a comfortable chair that will support your back and promote good posture (don’t let that stretch go to waste). Open the curtains and spoil your early morning efforts with a view of the sunrise, it’s just that extra bit of motivation to get up early and do what you need to do.

 

Focus the mind

Before you start reading or making your notes, you need to focus your mind. This isn’t an excuse to close your eyes and doze off for a few minutes more, but it’s to get yourself mentally prepared. Your body is ready, you have your study space prepared and now you need to tell yourself that you’ve got this.

These marketing courses aren’t going to study themselves but you also can’t expect to focus on them completely when your mind is currently occupied. Grab a journal or a sheet of paper and just write it all out. Anything that comes to mind, even if it’s “I can’t think of anything right now and feel a little silly”. Get it out of your mind and clear your mind to focus on your work.  

 

Stick to the plan

Technically, this plan should be prepared a few days or the night before, but this step is only followed after your body and mind are ready to work.

Create a study plan of what exactly you want to get through in this morning session and how you want to do it. You need to be realistic about the amount of material you’ll be able to work through before needing to get your things together to leave and start your work or student day. Set it up as a checklist plan that you can interact with between chapters and that will also motivate you to keep going and make it to the end.

You can include your morning’s routine in this plan and make it a morning plan as opposed to only a study plan and that will also keep you on time with what needs to be done by when so that you don’t end up rushing in the morning.

 

Water

Look after your mind and body while you’re hard at work and keep a jug of water and a glass close by your side. Drinking water on an empty stomach is super healthy for your body and it will keep your skin clear during this possibly stressful period.

 

Breakfast

Lastly, end your session, or take a break in between, and eat some breakfast. Yes, you’ll hear it again: it’s the most important meal of the day. This will give you the energy you need to take your day further after your morning study session and will keep your brain functioning as it should.

 

It may seem a daunting task to get out of your cosy bed after your alarm goes off at some unholy hour to study. But you can do it. Follow these steps and create a routine and habit out of it. The extra hours you are putting in will pay off in the end and you’ll soon come to appreciate your moments in the morning.

 

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