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As a student who has at least 10 meetings a week, the day can feel short and like there isn’t much time for myself. However, there have been some very helpful practices that have helped get rid of that feeling. It all starts in the morning. Here are five tips to start a day full of meetings off right.

Don’t use your phone for at least 30 minutes when you wake up.

This one is hard because most students use their phones as alarm clocks. That’s understandable but after you turn off your alarm clock and sit up, put your phone back down. For these first 30 minutes, try to get your day started before scrolling through social media, replying to texts, or checking your email. Consider making breakfast, meditating, or doing your skincare routine to start your day.

Have a glass of water.

    Starting your day off with a glass of water as soon as you wake up helps to kick off your hydration for the day. It also helps to clear toxins out of the body and get your system up and running after 8, wishful thinking, hours of sleep. 

 

Write your goals for the day. 
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By identifying what you want to accomplish for the day, you have a sense of direction. This can also help prevent you from procrastinating throughout the day. This list can be homework assignments or little things like walking your dog, cleaning up, or even calling your grandma.

Make your bed.

When you make your bed first thing in the morning, not only is your room more orderly, but you accomplish a goal! This is helpful in times when it seems like so much is out of control because you are starting off your day by achieving a task, no matter how miniscule it is. This can help serve as a little motivation to keep working hard all day. Also, do you want your classmates to see a messy bed during your Zoom call?

Say your affirmations.

Affirmations are really helpful in maintaining your confidence because they remind you who you are and what you are capable of. Start off your morning by telling yourself what you love about you, something you accomplished, or a goal you reached. Remind yourself what you are thankful for. When you start your day off like this, these thoughts will remain in your mind if you get overwhelmed with the activities of the day.

Naiima Miller is a sophomore marketing major at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Her love for fashion and beauty helps her to study trends in her culture and on her campus that she hopes to write about for the HerCampus community. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Naiima loves street style, pizza, and Starbucks.
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