Article by: Gisele F.
Graphic by: Gabby F.
High school life can become strenuous and unmanageable. Teenagers always have homework to do, an exam to stay up late to study for, extracurricular activities to participate in, and an active social life to maintain. The worst part about this daily grind is having to wake up every morning to get ready within a reasonable amount of time. Reasonable, meaning Q-U-I-C-K-L-Y. If you struggle to prepare yourself in the morning, here are some effective ways to get ready speedily and get to school on time.
1. Drinking water
The first tip for getting yourself together in the morning is drinking water – yes, a glass or two of pure H2O. Though this may seem like a very odd piece of advice, it really does help wake you up and get your body going. According to alifeofproductivity.com, drinking water in the morning “fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins, and gives your brain fuel.”
2. Setting an alarm
If you’re one of those people who has a hard time getting up, here’s another tip: set an alarm. Set two alarms, if you have to. But don’t just leave the clock right next to your bed on your night table, where you can simply reach out and continue pressing the snooze button. Instead, place it somewhere away from your bed, like on your study desk, where it may still be close enough to hear the alarm ring or buzz tone. This forces you to get out of bed on time, which will give you more time to get ready.
Let’s say you forgot to set your alarm and are running late. What could you do to get ready more speedily to make up for lost time? One thing you could do is brush your teeth while taking a shower. It saves a lot of time rather than doing each activity separately.
4. Eating on the go
Lastly, if you are on a severe time crunch, grab your breakfast – buttered toast, fruit slices, or a granola bar – and eat it in the car. Keep your morning intake down to a nice simple snack in the car on the way to school; don’t eat anything complex or heavy as food jostling around in your stomach may cause indigestion.
Many of our Bearcats use these tricks on a daily basis. “Set two alarms, the first one is to wake you up, the second one is to make sure you actually get out of bed,” recommends Sophomore Chloe R. She adds, “If you’re one of those people that struggles to be on time, set multiple other alarms so you know when to do certain things and when you need to finish getting ready by.” Junior Carolina E. agrees with this statement, saying “I like to set an alarm every 5 minutes. I also do eat breakfast in the car, which seems to have sped up my morning routine process.”
These efficiency strategies can help all high school students get a leg up on getting up in the morning. But if you still keep on getting tardy slips, it may be time for a visit to your friendly doctor, who may offer some help in improving your sleep habits.
Bailey, Chris. “Killer Morning Habit: Drink 16oz of Water, Right after You Wake Up”. A Life of Productivity, 27 Apr. 2018, alifeofproductivity.com/killer-morning-habit-drink-water-right-after-you-wake -up/.