Set Yourself Up for Success: 5 Great Habits to Start Your Day
Successful study habits are the key to academic success, and how your morning goes often dictates how well the rest of your day goes. The following morning rituals help ensure that you start the day out on the right academic foot.
1. Avoid Checking Emails Upon Waking
Jumping right in and checking your email doesn’t give you a chance to center and prepare yourself for the day. If you’ve set this first-thing-in-the-morning time aside for studying, checking email will also interrupt this quiet time and send you off and running with the day. You may not finish your studying if you allow yourself to get sidetracked in this way. Instead, avoid checking your email for the first hour or so after waking.
2. Eat a Nutritious Breakfast
Brain power comes from a good-for-you breakfast that is nutritious and filling. Rather than opting for a quick cup of coffee, which will leave you feeling tired and foggy by late morning, choose a healthful meal that will make you alert, better able to concentrate and as a result, ready to learn.
Energizing breakfast ingredients suggested by the Mayo Clinic include whole grain products like bagels and cereal, lean proteins, like peanut butter and hard-boiled eggs, low-fat dairy products, and fruits and vegetables. By combining these food groups, you will consume the complex carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals that your body requires to study well and retain information.
Exercise clears the mind and gives you an energy boost for tackling the day. The more fit you are, the better able you are to study. Morning workouts also help ensure that you sandwich exercise into your schedule. You may have plans to work out later in the day, but with a hectic student lifestyle it’s likely that staying active will be the first to fall by the wayside. Exercise for at least 20 to 30 minutes in the morning by going for a walk or jog, riding a stationary bicycle, or participating in any workout that you find enjoyable.
4. Plan Your Day
The best way to ensure that you have a good day full of learning is to map out your schedule. Prioritize your schoolwork so that you make sure to fit into the day the required amount of studying. When you do this planning in the morning, you are able to visualize success for the day and plan accordingly.
5. Get the Worst Out of the Way
Chances are you have some academic tasks that you’re not looking forward to completing. Rather than have those responsibilities weighing on you for the rest of the day and potentially negatively affecting your studying, get the task done, or if it is a big project, at least complete one step. Accomplishing this task will give you the energy and positive attitude to tackle the rest of the day’s academic work.
Good academic habits start with setting yourself up for success every morning. Wake up to these five habits of successful people, and you’ll soon find that studying has gotten easier and more productive.
Written by Ashford University staff.