My Early Lecture Morning Routine

All of my lectures during first-year started at 9 AM, so naturally, I had to wake up early to make it to them. This week my blog is going to break down my usual morning routine during semester one and two with semi-specific timings. In an ideal world, I’d have a plethora of photos to share of my morning process, but given I’m writing this out of term time and sadly did not think far enough ahead, this will be a mostly written experience. Let your imagination guide you on what the routine may look like, it’s more exciting that way.

When I woke up is the part of my routine that would tend to shock my friends, so prepare yourself. On days I had a lecture, I would wake up between 6 and 6:30 AM. I am aware that’s ridiculously early, but every morning I would shower, put on full makeup, do my hair, and so on. I needed the time.

Following the shower, I’d do anything else I had to in the bathroom such as clean my teeth, then let my shower room dry out. If you’re living in on-campus accommodation this coming academic year, you’ll understand what I’m saying. I’d put on some music (I frequented between Grimes, Clairo, and 100 Gecs for anyone interested), dry my hair, and put on my outfit for that day.

By this point it was usually 7 AM, or maybe just a tad beyond that. I wore makeup to almost every lecture, a full face, so the following hour was always dedicated to putting that on. My makeup took between forty minutes to an hour depending on the look I was doing that day, usually it took forty minutes since my makeup style is effectively a blueprint I could carry out in my sleep at this point.

With makeup on, clothes on, hair done, and myself dowsed in perfume, I’d emerge into the kitchen to make a coffee and sometimes have breakfast. I usually had thirty minutes or so then of drinking my coffee, watching something in my room, getting my bag ready, and anything else before I went to go meet my friends at the Catalyst before we headed to the lecture.

I think my morning routine is probably a bit extra compared to that of an average university student, but that’s why I found it worth sharing! If you’re planning to attend Edge Hill in the next academic year, I hope my blog today might inspire you on how your routine may look.


Creating a Routine for University!

Hey everyone! I have just completed my first week back at Edge Hill University from my three month summer holidays and I thought I would do a post on how to get back to routine after a long break.

I know that Christmas and Easter holidays can be long and returning back to the grind of university can be somewhat daunting but I have found that these tips help me get myself back to routine.

Get Up Early!

I’m not saying that you have to get up at the crack of dawn but, setting your alarm slightly earlier than you normally would and getting your day started earlier can really help to begin your day right. I like getting up earlier because it means I don’t have to rush around in the morning but rather I can take my time and make sure that I have everything prepared for the day ahead.

Make Yourself and Timetable!

Alongside the timetable that I had for university lectures and seminars, I also had my own timetable for everything that I needed to do outside of classes such as; the gym, assignment reading, me time and homework that needs to be completed. This allows me to see when I have free time and what deadlines I have coming up so that I can stick to a regular study routine.

Schedule in Your Breaks

Take this piece of advice from a person who did not schedule in breaks and burnt herself out immediately. Believe me, taking breaks when trying to get back into routine is just as important as scheduling in your working time. If you don’t take time to give yourself a break you will lose the motivation to start any work and continue with the same routine.

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Those are my three quick tips to getting back into routine after coming back from a long break! Also, check out the uniskills website through Edge Hill Student page to get some extra help and support to get you back to routine. I have been to one of the ‘one to one’ appointments at the catalyst which I booked through Uniskills and it really helped get my head around a new routine to help me meet my deadlines for assignments.

Hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading!

My routine is there to serve as the building blocks for a successful day. It’s a tool. I try not to get bogged down if I can’t do it all.” 

Carly Stein