Hi, my loves!
Having been a college student for more than two and a half years now, I have definitely experienced every single struggle along the way- a major one being that I almost never get a full night’s sleep.
There are 24 usable hours in each day, and I really do try to get as much done as I can. Unfortunately, that, coupled with my workload and daily commitments, leaves a very tiny, little window for sleep. And as a perpetually exhausted student, waking up at 7:30 am instead of 7 am makes a world of a difference for me.
Well, I’ve definitely learnt to work around this and have come up with a multitude of ways to maximise my time. Maybe you’re a college student like me and you’re a complete mess- this is your guide to become a slightly more rested mess. Maybe you’re a parent, at a high-pressure job, or just have a lot of shit to get done- I get it. So, here are some of my tips and tricks so that you can also be a lazy-ass like me and sleep in:
- Lay out your clothes the night before. If you feel like shit, have a go-to chill outfit to wear. For me, that’s always my Vans, jeans/leggings, and a band shirt/hoodie. Seriously- they take hardly two minutes to put on and are super comfortable. Plus, if you’re someone who prefers to shower at night, just sleep in your leggings-no one will know, trust me.
- If you straighten/curl your hair, do it the night before. Basically, get done with whatever you can before going to sleep for the night. It’s way faster to simply touch up your hair in the morning with the straightener/curler rather than going through the whole process at 7 am.
- Brush your hair before bed and make a plait. This saves you major minutes when it comes to brushing your hair and getting rid of any knots in the morning. Plus, I guarantee you that your hair will fall way less, simply because it won’t be getting knotted up all night. If you’re in a hurry, simply open your hair, run your comb through it once, make a bun or a pony-tail, and it’ll sit perfectly-trust me.
- If you plan on using dry shampoo, do it the night before. It’ll absorb way more oil and you just have to brush it and go in the morning.
- If you wear makeup, have all your basics in one easy to reach area. Get your everyday makeup look down to a specific routine, and take out your products and tools every night and lay them out on your vanity. This will truly save you so much hassle in the morning because you won’t spend an hour looking for your favourite tube of mascara. Want an extra ten minutes? If you travel in a bus or have a long commute, just do your makeup there. Oh, and carry your Beauty Blender. It’s the greatest multi-tasking tool ever and can be used for touchups too.
If you’re like me and end up doing the easy parts of your makeup in the car, I’d recommend that you do your base and eyes at home. Leave the mascara, highlighter, lipliner, lipstick, and brow gel for the red lights on the way to work.
- Carry mini-perfumes/body mist in your bag or car so that you don’t have to waste time putting it on.
- Have your bag ready the night before. Honestly, I don’t understand how some humans out there still don’t do this. Keep everything ready, so that you can literally just grab your bag and run out the door. Have all your essentials in there, and double-check the night before. If you need to carry something important the next day, keep it in your bag or next to it. Otherwise, you will forget it. Do not place your trust in your groggy self the next morning.
- If you know what shoes you’re going to wear, put them in front of the door. I feel rather ashamed saying that I’ve hurriedly walked out of my house on more than one occasion in my house slippers. So yes, definitely keep this point in mind.
- Putting on a coat or jacket is faster if it’s hung on a chair than if it’s hung on a hanger. Again, apply these kinds of tips to every item- it’s all about shaving off precious minutes that could’ve been spent getting stuff done.
- Breakfast is essential, but you may not be able to make time for it. Please don’t think that this tip gives you a free pass to skip it. I recommend making your breakfast the night before and putting it in the fridge if it’s temperature sensitive. If you can’t do that, keep a box of protein bars in your kitchen, and keep one in your bag the night before. While it may not be sufficient, it should be enough to get you through until lunchtime. Again, you can eat on your commute too, or even in class. Yes, I’ve been there- I was so hungry once that I excused myself from class, chomped down a protein bar in two minutes flat, and ran back in. Not my finest moment and some heads did turn when I was eating like a madwoman, but hey, at least I got through until lunchtime!
- If you haven’t already understood from the points above, I’ll say it again. Make use of your commute! You can do so much: work, eat, study, put make-up, fix your hair, go through your agenda, plan your day out, etc. Basically, make use of every free minute you have. All these extra minutes do add up, trust me. For example, working on your commute can leave you with a free hour in the evening to relax and catch up on your current favourite TV series.
- I highly recommend downloading a few apps to help you out. The ones that I use every day are:
- Remember The Milk. This one gives me an overview of everything I have to check off my list for the day. I also put recurring events in it, like exercising and reading the news, so it keeps my daily habits in check too. It really does help with remembering appointments and to-do’s, and you can make multiple lists as well.
- Egenda. This app is a literal lifesaver for any college student (or even if you have a job). You simply feed in your assignments by class and add in notes if there are any important points and guidelines. This app stores all of that for you, and reminds you which assignments are due the following day. It also gives you a complete overview of your upcoming assignments and sorts them by their due dates. I can go on and on about this app, it really is that amazing. I’ve convinced all my friends to use it, and they’re obsessed with it too. This helped me stay on track for my college work so well, my overall GPA last semester was a 9.9 out of 10! (my brain and hard work might have had something to do with that too, hmm…)
- Clue. This isn’t really a planning app, but it does help you stay on track with your menstrual cycle. It predicts your next period based on the information you enter, and it just helps you with figuring out your dates so you can be well prepared. This is my favourite period-tracking app ever! And the best part is, it isn’t pink and full of flowers like all other period apps. Oh, and it’s pretty accurate too.
- Alarmy. If you’re a super-heavy sleeper and find it way too hard to get up in the morning even though you set (and snooze) multiple alarms, this app is the answer for you. You set the time for the alarm and choose a mission to complete each morning- it can range from math equations to taking a picture of your bathroom sink- so you have to get up, no matter what. You can’t dismiss it, and the alarm tone volume keeps increasing the longer it rings. It might seem like a pain in the ass the first few days, but trust me, it’s a lifesaver for those early morning classes/meetings/appointments.
And that concludes my tips on how to maximise your time. I realize that this is not for everyone, and some bad habits are pretty hard to break, but hey, desperate times call for desperate measures.
Do you have any tips that you employ to sleep in, or just get stuff done? Let me know in the comments below!
See you all very soon.