6 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Get Out of Bed

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by rmortonbsc on February 4, 2011

Sometimes waking up early for class is not easy.  Whether it is the dreaded 8am or even a 10am class, sometimes you just want to hit the snooze button and fall back asleep.  I don’t know what it is about us college students but we just cannot find any motivation to drag ourselves out of bed.  Well here are 6 ways to motivate so you don’t fall behind in class, sleep through work, or just get out of bed!

Get to bed

I know, as a college student, we have no set curfews!  This sounds like a great excuse to stay up all night and watch TV, play video games, and just hang out.  Maybe you have waited until the last minute to study for a test.  Well that’s a whole different problem (read: procrastination), but if you are up all night studying you are probably going to sleep through your alarm and miss your test.  Try keeping a sleep schedule and stick to it!  It may sound silly, but doctors say you need 7-9 hours of sleep each night to stay healthy and at tip top shape.  You’ll feel refreshed, and when your alarm goes off you’ll be ready to start the day.

Make plans with a friend

If you have plans with your friend to get breakfast before class, or even just to meet them in front of you building you won’t want to leave them waiting.  This gives you an excellent reason to get up.  If you leave your friend waiting, he or she will be mad at you.  You guys can help each other by having a routine, and before you know it, every day you will be up and ready for class and you won’t even think of sleeping in as an option.

Set a good alarm

What I mean by set a good alarm is actually set a terrible alarm. Confused? Good, after you follow these instructions every morning your alarm will send you into a state of shock and force you out of bed.  First, think about what you least favorite genre of music is.  Next set you alarm clock to a station with that genre and turn up the volume.  Last, move your alarm clock out of reach from your bed.  The next day you will hear terrible music and be forced to jump out of bed to shut it off.   Even though this will not be fun in the morning you will be thankful when you are out of bed and ready for the day.

Mind Tricks

A simple trick I have been doing since I was in high school is turning my clock five minutes fast.  This helps in the mornings because you feel like you are a little late, but you are really on time.  The downfall with this being– after a while you get used to it and start to calculate the time difference so you can sleep in a little bit later.

Think Ahead

Think about how great it will feel at the end of a semester to say you went to every class.  Even on those cold winter days you left your warm bed to attend your second year seminar.  As a student, your job is to do well in school and not going to class will negatively affect your grades.  Keep this in mind every time your hand slowly creeps over and hits the snooze button.

Think positive

Tell yourself it’s going to be a good day. Get up, have a cup of coffee and get ready for the day.  Have something planned for yourself every day that you can look forward to; whether it is a meeting for a club you’re in, or even an lunch date with some friends.  There are so many things to do on campus to ensure a good day.

I hope these ways of motivating you to get up work.  If you have any ideas of you own please let us know!

Do you sleep through classes?  Do you find it hard to wake up in the morning?  How do you motivate yourself?

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