Have you ever wondered what the best daily routine for students is?
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Well, you’re about to find out in this ultimate guide to a daily routine for college students.
Before I share what I believe to be the best daily routine for students, here is why you need one in the first place.
Why do you need a daily routine as a student?
Whether you’re still in high school or college, you need a daily routine.
Having a daily routine especially as a college student is what will help you to stay productive, more organized, and less stressed. When you have a daily routine in place, you know everything you need to do beforehand, and that allows you to plan ahead. As a student, your time management skills are very limited but with a great daily routine, you can make the most of your time.
Daily routines don’t have to be very complex as others say. What matters the most is that it should be working for you and you’re happy with it.
In this post, I will be sharing steps on how to create a routine and stick to it, a daily routine for successful students and my current daily routine as well. So make sure you stick till the end. Without any further delay, let’s get into it.
How to create a college daily routine and stick to it.
The following are a few steps you can take to help you come up with a new routine:
Make a list of everything you do daily.
No matter how small it is, write it down. This will allow you to know where you want to fix it in your planner.
What do you want to achieve with this new routine? Do you want it to help you study more? Help you to start waking up earlier? Write down your goals so that you will have a reason to follow them.
Layout a plan
Get a monthly planner or a weekly planner and start fixing all the tasks you want to do daily and the time you want to carry out each and the duration each task will take you.
If you want your new routine to work, you need to be prepared to be consistent. It takes at least 30 days for new habits to form so if you want your new routine to stick with you, you need to be consistent with it for at least one month.
Make it fun
Don’t let it be All school-related tasks. Add things you enjoy to your list as well.
Track your progress
Remember the goals you set in the second step? You need to track your progress. It will allow you to see if this new routine is actually getting you closer to your goals or if you need to make some changes.
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Daily routine for students
Here is a simple daily routine any student can follow that actually works. It’s not complicated and it’s just 10 steps
Wake up early
I know you’ve probably heard this a million times already but waking up early is very important. When you start your day early, you have so much more time to do any other thing that matters than those that don’t. I’m not saying you should start your day by 4 am. No, start your day when your body tells you to. That’s why it’s important to sleep early because when you do, you’re more likely to wake up early in the morning.
Do some physical movement
Fully wake your body up by doing some sort of physical movement. This can be as simple as stretching. I would recommend you work out because that’s the best form of physical movement and you will remain fit as well. This isn’t something I have perfected but I am trying my best to. I actually prefer to stretch in the morning and then do some workout routine in the evening. It’s really up to you and your preferences. If you love to work out in the morning, go for it. If you prefer it to be in the evening just like me, that’s totally fine as well.
If you’ve read my post about a healthy morning routine for students, then you would’ve known how important breakfast is to our bodies. I used to be that person that never had breakfast only lunch and dinner but ever since I started, a lot has changed for me. I noticed I am more focused in class, less tired in the morning, and happier too. Never underestimate the power of a good healthy breakfast!
Always make your bed
That should be the first thing you do every morning after you wake up. Making your bed instantly will give you this sense of accomplishment because your day just started and you’ve completed a task already. It will also stop you from getting back into bed because who wants to destroy a perfectly laid bed that you spent 5 minutes making. When you get back from classes, it’s always a great feeling to come back to a clean space.
Attend all classes
Both the ones in-person and online. Think about all the money your parents are investing in you. If you sponsor yourself, think about all the student loans that will be waiting for you. Make it worth it At least. Pay attention, make notes, and ask questions.
You’re not a robot. Rest when you need to. Take a nap if needed. You can’t study when you’re tired so it’s best to just rest.
Study for at least 2 hours every day
If you want to become a better student this year, you need to stop procrastinating and start studying on time. Don’t wait till your tests and exams are around the corner before you start studying. Start studying now and your future self will thank you.
Studying for 2 hours shouldn’t be difficult. You can decide to split that into 2 study sessions which is fine. All you need to do is to be more focused while studying and have a great study schedule that you’re following. This will allow you to cover all your courses on time.
For my senior year, this will be the student planner I am going to use. I designed it myself and I think it has everything a student will want in a planner. I wrote a detailed post about it and you can read here why I think it’s the best planner for college students. If you’re a digital kind of person and you can check out these all-in-one student planner notion templates. They are seriously amazing!
Finish homework on time.
You need to stop delaying your homework till it’s bedtime. If you have time in the evening to do it, just do it and get it out of the way. Stop letting your homework stress you.
Taking care of your mental health and physical health is important. Make time for your skincare routine, go out once in a while with friends, spend some time on social media if you want to, play your favorite games and watch something new on Netflix. At the end of the day, these things are equally important but you need to find a balance. Too much of something is not good.
When it comes to watching Netflix or scrolling on social media, I have turned those into a reward for myself when I do something great. When I manage to study for an hour, I watch one or two episodes of the show I’m currently watching as a reward for studying for an hour. This will not only motivate me to study more in order to watch more episodes but it actually makes me feel less guilty. I know I did something to deserve it. Whatever it is that you enjoy doing during your free time, make it a reward for when you do something great, like studying.
My current daily routine as a college student
This is the routine I am following currently based on my courses and the things I have to do. Our schedules are all different but you can use mine as an inspiration.
5:30 am – 6:00 am: morning prayers (fajr prayer)
6:00 am – 6:15 am: make my bed and scroll on social media
6:15 am – 6:45 am: stretch and make breakfast
6:45am – 7:00am: shower and get ready
7:00am – 7:30am: Get to campus
7:30 am – 8:00 am: catch up with coursemates and get ready for the first class of the day.
Depending on the day, my classes end anywhere between 2-4 pm
4:30pm: get back home/dorm room
5:30 pm: start preparing dinner while listening to a podcast
6:30 pm: eat dinner and pray (maghrib prayers)
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: finish assignments and pray again (we pray 5 times a day soo yeah) if I don’t have any assignments that day, I use this time to write on my blog and work on my Etsy shop.
7:30pm – 9:30pm: study
9:30 pm – 10:30 pm: skincare, more blog work, and social media
11 pm: sleep
As you can see, my routine isn’t perfect at all but it works great for me. My weekend routine is different because no classes so I use that time for socializing, work, and just resetting. I will make a post about that as well so keep an eye for that.
Final thoughts on the best daily routine for students
That brings us to the end of this post, I hope enjoyed it as much as I did while writing it. What’s your daily routine like? Do you have any productivity tips you want to share with me? Leave a comment below and let me know. make sure you check out these posts about healthy morning routines you can try out, how to create a study schedule to make studying easier, and also my skincare routine as a college student.
To conclude all I can say is…
A good daily routine for students is a must.
whether you’re in high school or college, you need one.