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3 Ways High Schoolers Can Infuse Positivity and Productivity Into Their Morning Routines

Your morning routine sets the tone for the entire day. An effective morning routine is key to a productive and successful day. And if you string together a bunch of productive and successful days, you’ll find yourself living a productive and successful life.

Does your current morning routine consist of waking up at the last possible minute, skipping breakfast, and sprinting out the door? If so, you probably arrive at school grumpy, stressed, and feeling like you’re playing catch-up for the rest of the day.

If you want to show up to school as your best self, it’s time to give your morning routine a makeover. You probably already know the basics: make sure you’ve packed your homework, eat a balanced breakfast, and don’t forget to brush your teeth. 

To really give your morning routine a boost, here are a few other ideas you may not have considered. 

Extra Credit: The Night Before

A great morning routine begins the night before. Make your mornings smooth and easy by putting everything you’ll need for the next day in your backpack, then placing your backpack by the door. 

Set out your clothes, socks, and shoes. If you bring a lunch to school, go ahead and pack it. If you bring an extra bag to school with your athletic gear, pack that too. Do you play an instrument that you take to school each day? Put that by the door as well.

When you’re already prepared for the day, your mornings will feel much less frantic. You won’t have to search for that shirt you really wanted to wear, locate your shin guards, or wonder where in the world you put your homework. That alone significantly improves the start of your day.

1. Wake up early.

We all know that it’s hard to stop hitting “Snooze” on your alarm. Still, you have to break that habit if you want to implement a good morning routine. 

Give yourself at least an hour or an hour and a half to get ready in the morning. You want to work through your routine at a leisurely pace instead of having to rush. Plus, you need more time to fully wake up before you head out the door and start your day.

Going to bed at a reasonable time is one way to make waking up easier. You may also want to place your phone across the room before falling asleep, so you’ll have to get out of bed to shut it off. 

2. Meditate.

Meditation may sound weird to you, but it’s really just a way to clear your mind and focus on the present. It offers benefits like improved mood, less stress, and better sleep. It helps you get calm and focused so you’re ready for the day ahead.

Plus, there are plenty of helpful meditation apps for beginners. Try Insight Timer or Headspace, which offer short, guided meditations. Even a three-minute or five-minute meditation session at the start of the day is a helpful addition to your morning routine.

Of course, new habits can be difficult to create. One strategy is “habit stacking.” Link a new habit that you’re trying to create to a habit that you already have. For example, before brushing your teeth (current habit), meditate for five minutes (new habit). Don’t brush your teeth until you’ve completed your five minutes of meditation.

If you decide meditation just isn’t for you, other ways to relax and focus your mind include deep breathing, stretching, and listing your top three goals for the day. Some people even like to read or journal for 20 minutes to start the day. Experiment with a few different ideas until you find what works for you.

3. Make mornings fun. 

Create some positive energy in the morning to set the tone for a positive day. Eat a food you really like, spend a few minutes playing with your dog, or set aside time to grab a coffee with one of your best friends. 

Make a morning playlist with fun, upbeat songs that you enjoy, then sing along or dance around the house as you get ready. Watch a few minutes of your favorite stand-up comedian or another funny video. Anything that involves movement, laughter, or connection with others will get the positivity flowing. 

Final Thoughts: 3 Ways High Schoolers Can Infuse Positivity and Productivity Into Their Morning Routines

An effective morning routine for a high school student might look like this:

  • Wake up 
  • Eat a balanced breakfast at the table
  • Meditate for five minutes
  • Brush teeth
  • Get dressed and ready while singing along to a morning playlist
  • List your three most important goals for the day (“I will _____________”)
  • Grab everything you need for school
  • Head out

Of course, you can personalize your routine based on what works for you. Whatever you do, it’s important to prepare as much as possible the night before, then give yourself 1-1.5 hours to get ready in the morning. 

Do an activity that encourages focus and relaxation (like meditation), plus an activity that makes your morning fun. If you have enough time, two of each activity is even better. 

If you’re skeptical about the importance of a morning routine, try it out for a few days. As your morning routine improves, you’ll probably notice that your mood, focus, and performance improve too. You might never want to hit that “Snooze” button again!

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Author: Jason Patel

Jason Patel is the founder of Transizion, a college counseling and career services company that provides mentorship and consulting on college applications, college essays, resumes, cover letters, interviews, and finding jobs and internships. Jason’s work has been cited in The Washington Post, BBC, NBC News, Forbes, Fast Company, Bustle, Inc., Fox Business, and other great outlets. Transizion donates a portion of profits to underserved students and veterans in of college prep and career development assistance.