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How To Wake Up Early And Get The Most Out Of Your Practices

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It’s official: winter has set in. While for us Chicagoans, and others in similar climates, this means ice cold temps and snow flurries, even those living in warm-weather states experience this same stretch of time with holiday madness, school midterms, and either a new sport season starting or are well into a monster practice or conditioning regime.

With short amounts of daylight and less-than-superb weather conditions, it can be seriously hard to stay motivated, which can be so important for athletes to do, whether they’re beginning post-season training or their sport is just getting started. For someone who enjoys – and counts on – an early morning workout to kick off the day, attempting to get up before the sun has been brutal these past few weeks.

And it’s not like athletes can skip waking up early for school and practice.

So how do we combat these seasonal shifts and stay on course with school, sport, and personal goals? Research proves that across the board, no matter what your end game, getting an early start to your day could be a major key to success, and life-changing practice.

It sounds easy enough – heck, it sounds borderline enjoyable. Waking up with time to make your bed, do some chores, blow dry your hair, cook a healthy breakfast, savor a cup of coffee, have time to stop and smell the roses before school or work.

However, I think most of us know this is way easier said than done.

So how do we do it? Time management expert Julie Morgenstern offers six steps to help all of us start our day at Business Insider. They’re definitely worth a read, and I’m committing to giving it a go this week to start winning my early-morning workouts back from the evil ways of winter. The key factor: the way you prepare the night before. And it’s not just going to bed earlier.

Waking up for hockey practice doesn’t seem quite as bad now, eh?

And, hey, if you have other questions or concerns about how you’re balancing your schedule between sport and school, we’re always here to help.

About the author
Laura Chmiel

Laura Chmiel is a marketing coordinator and a lead writer for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. As someone with a passion for athletics and education, she graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After school, she gained first-hand experience helping student-athletes and their families get to college.