College Morning Routine + How to Create Your Own!

Hi everyone! How is your January going?

I am now into my second semester of junior year at university. By now, I have a pretty consistent morning routine that gets me through the day and, essentially, the week. With the new semester starting up, it might be time to refresh your morning routine and make some changes to give you more energy during the day! When we have more energy, we can think better, be more active, and be more productive. Our moods also tend to be lighter when we are feeling energized as opposed to drained.

When people think of college students, they seem to think of students waking up groggy and never recovering from it, throwing on whatever frumpy outfit with a lazy, messy bun (not the cute kind), begging for naps and eating garbage, and depending on 8 cups of coffee a day to get them through. Basically, college students are tired. That is the main assumption.

If you’re feeling like you might be the stereotypical suffering college student, you may want to rethink how you go to bed and wake up in the morning. This might be the key to getting you prepared for the day, feeling less stressed, less dependent on caffeine, and much more motivated.

Here is a peek at my morning routine that has been essentially the same all through my years at college (modified slightly here and there due to schedule changes)! I still occasionally take naps and drink a lot of coffee, but I’m not falling apart throughout the day and completely dependent on anything outside of my own mind and body. Being halfway through my junior year of college, here is how my morning routine is looking now!

First, a crucial tip!

Having a truly successful morning routine in any setting of life requires that you get a decent amount of sleep. This doesn’t mean you have to get 8-9 hours every single night. If you are in college, make weekends a free-for-all if you like! But try to get on a consistent sleep routine most nights of the week. A healthy night routine is a healthy morning routine.

My junior year morning routine:

8:00 AM

This is when my alarm goes off. Sometimes I hit snooze once or twice, but I try really hard not to. If I slept well enough, normally I can get straight out of bed and have a nice quick stretch.

After getting myself to feel about 75% awake, I force myself to get dressed and put a teensy bit of makeup on. Usually for class, I put on foundation and power to cover up my acne and slap on some mascara. I usually don’t do my hair; but if I do, my usual is a half-updo braid.

ALSO! While all of this is going on, I am chugging my giant water bottle that I filled the night before. I try to finish almost the entire thing while I’m waking up and getting ready.

8:30 AM

Now, I reward myself for drinking all that water by heading for the Keurig. I love a good medium roast coffee, which is pretty much what all of my K-cups are, whatever the brand. I usually add almond milk or a coconut cream to this.

Once my coffee is brewed and perfect, I open all of the blinds in my tiny living room and open my laptop. I spend the next half hour or so browsing Pinterest and Twitter and looking at other blog posts. This puts me in a good mood and fuels my creativity, motivating me to wake up a little more.

9:00 AM

Since I’m now all inspired and hyped up on coffee, I begin working on my blog. I choose to do this in the morning because I’m wide awake and fresh for the day at this point. It’s not my required school work or part-time job, so spending my morning on something more leisurely and creative gets me energized for a productive day. Usually, I am uploading/promoting a blog post (my schedule right now is Mondays and Wednesdays!) or working on my next post, commenting on other blogs and talking to you guys on Twitter.

10:30 AM

Time to step away from the blogging world and get ready to head to class. My first class most days of the week is at 11:15, which I think is a perfect time because it’s not so early that I have to wake up and rush straight there, but it’s also not so late that it tempts me to sleep in!

I spend the next 15 minutes making sure my backpack is prepared with the right materials, getting my shoes on, and (since it’s currently January), layering myself with hats and scarves and gloves. I’m usually out the door around 10:45 and force myself to walk to class rather than take the bus.

So, this concludes my morning routine, and it works quite well for me! It sets me up for a productive day, puts me in a decent mood and has me fueled on coffee, the liquid of the gods. Every semester, I try really hard to schedule my classes so that I have a little bit of time for myself in the mornings before I’m out the door. Mornings are my favorite part of the day so I try to enjoy them as much as I can!

How to create your own energizing morning routine:

  • Start your morning off with water. We get very dehydrated while we are sleeping, which is why we feel so sluggish and gross when we wake up! Water will get our bodies nice and prepped for the day, energizing us and hydrating us. Do this first thing!
  • Have a morning treat! For me, this is coffee. I look forward to my coffee when I wake up, and the added plus is that it’s caffeinated, which is obviously a pick-me-up. Find something that suits you, whether that be coffee, a morning tea, a bowl of fruit, etc. Try not to go for something too hardy or unhealthy, obviously; but find a treat that gets you out of bed and helps you wake up in the morning.
  • Don’t be in a rush. If possible, wake up early enough that you won’t be rushed to get ready and out the door. This becomes stressful and tiring for us, setting us up for a bad mood and exhaustion throughout the day. Try to give yourself at least 15 minutes in the morning to relax and enjoy waking up. This will allow your body to wake up and your mood to lighten up.
  • Spend time on something you enjoy. This is why I choose to browse other blogs in the morning. This not only improves my mood, but also inspires my creativity, waking me up and motivating me for the rest of the day. Maybe spend 10 minutes on a hobby of yours or indulge in a magazine that inspires you! Anything that you find fun and relaxing that doesn’t drain your energy or your mood.
  • Do something productive. I have the luxury of being able to work for an extended period of time on my blog in the mornings, but I know many of us don’t have that much time when we wake up. If you can do so much as make your bed in the morning, it will make you feel accomplished and therefore energized! Accomplishing something small or finishing a small task is enough to make us feel pleased to have done something productive already in the day, setting us up for a positive rest of the day.

Hopefully with these tips, you might be able to arrange something in the morning that wakes you up a bit more and sets you up for a good rest of your day. Of course, you are welcome to use my routine as an example! Even if you’re not a morning person, mornings are our first impressions of the day, so it’s important to make a good impression!

Let me know what you do in the morning that sets you up for a good day, or puts you in a happy mood.

See you soon everyone!



  1. January 9, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    Awesome tips dear and very well written. I love woke up early too and make me feel great because i can manage all my plans in the right way and my day is more productive.

    Kintan XO,

  2. January 9, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    Oh, you reminded me of college years, they seem so far away now….
    I can see you’re very organized girl and very well grounded. I wasn’t that way back in college, neither I could benefit from so many good advises I find now on internet.

    I agree that drinking water in the morning must be the first thing to do, I kind of forgot that lately, thanks for reminding me. My morning routine includes also watching news on TV, I like to be aware of what’s happening in the world. And I guess I like to hear some noise while taking shower and get dressed.

  3. January 9, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful morning routine! When I used to wake up at 4:00AM to get to work, I had two cups of strong black coffee & washed my face with cold water haha 😀 It was horrendeous.

    • Anthropolojay
      January 9, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      Ugh. Sounds fun!!! Hahah but at least you got to have coffee ;P

  4. January 9, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    I was at college a long time ago but this was super fun to read!

  5. January 10, 2017 / 8:55 am

    I get up at 545am most mornings for work which is nearly 2 hours before I leave as I hate feeling rushed first thing. The water is a very good tip as I don’t drink nearly enough water as I should do I think I will start off with this one. Really good tips, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Anthropolojay
      January 10, 2017 / 2:51 pm

      Thank you!! 🙂 Yes, drinking water first thing is super important and I don’t think I realized that until I tried it! I’ve definitely noticed a difference!

  6. January 10, 2017 / 9:37 am

    Sounds like a perfect and super productive morning! Waking up with no rush is the best. Have a great junior year! 🙂

    Nora /

    • Anthropolojay
      January 10, 2017 / 2:53 pm

      Thank you Nora!! 🙂

  7. January 10, 2017 / 2:49 pm

    These are great tips – I’m useless in the morning before standing in the shower half asleep for 20 minutes and having a really strong coffee. And you’re right, drinking water in the morning (and all day) is super important.
    Katja xxx

    • Anthropolojay
      January 10, 2017 / 2:54 pm

      Hahaha, I totally understand. I can’t shower in the mornings though, that is pushing the effort for me haha!

  8. January 10, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    I always drink water in the morning. That’s so important! Next to that I like to sleep a minimum of 8 hours but I won’t make it every night. Then again in the weekend it can be 9 or 10 hours 🙂

  9. January 10, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    I definitely had no morning routine during my studies. I would wakeup just in time to quickly shower, dress decently and pass by the cafeteria for a coffee and then head to class. not the most relaxed routine haha

    • Anthropolojay
      January 10, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      Haha I totally get it!! That was me my first semester but I get stressed so easily that I had to fix it haha.

  10. January 11, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    Hi Jaycee! It looks like you are much better at creating a morning routine in college than I was! Haha. I definitely need to start my mornings with more water. 🙂 Great post!

    • Anthropolojay
      January 11, 2017 / 7:18 pm

      Thanks Abby! 🙂 Yes! Lately I’ve been drinking hot lemon water in the morning – definitely not to everyone’s taste, but I love it! Haha.

  11. January 13, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    This is so inspiring and I’ve definitely taken something away from this, so thank you! Also, I’m impressed that you only snooze your alarm twice, I do about six times looool.

    Christie | x

    • Anthropolojay
      January 14, 2017 / 3:13 am

      Thank you, Christie!! No I totally understand haha it’s taken many many months of practice! 😛

  12. January 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

    Hmm drinking water in the morning!! I need to start doing that while getting ready. I really enjoyed this post, also the part of doing something productive & fun before class seems like a great idea as well! I never thought of that! 🙂 Lovely post Jaycee ?

    • Anthropolojay
      January 14, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      Thank you so much Nikki!! I’m glad I could help! 🙂

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