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Back to School Habits You Should Take Up Even If You’re Not in School Anymore

If there’s one thing that I’m very happy (and grateful for) about, that would be that I will. never. have. to. go. to. school. ever. again. Only if I want to collect a stack of useless diplomas. Which I don’t.

You see, I hated going to school (any kind of it: middle, college, uni… you call it). And my main reason for hating school was the waking up super early routine. I love sleeping. As a kid is horrible to wake up early. I think some (British) researchers concluded that young brains can’t work properly at early hours.

Also going into the back to school habits like doing homework are not fun. But as we grow older, we get less fun and we start missing the back to school feeling. Here are some back to school habits you should take up even you’re not in school anymore.

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1. Wake up early(er)

If you are a lark already, please accept my appreciation. I ended up a morning person because of my lifestyle, but I can’t lie by saying I don’t enjoy oversleeping every now and then.

Related: Why Becoming a Morning Person is the Best Thing Ever

Waking up early will give you plenty of time to do more or just enjoy a quiet hour by yourself. Which is always welcomed.

2. Have breakfast

If there’s something I’m missing from my school life, that would be my Mum’s breakfasts. When I was a kid,  she always made sure I had a warm and full breakfast.

Having a nice breakfast will give your body the energy it needs throughout the day and it will not screw up your digestive system (been there, never doing it again).

3. Have some snacks

The great thing about school is that you get a break every hour (or a couple of). What better time to have a snack? Fruits, nuts a quick sandwich, you name it; just have it. As adults, we have very chaotic lifestyles (especially in the beginning of adulthood) and having regular, healthy and nutritious meals is our last concerns.

4. Do your homework (aka get things done on a schedule)

School was easy. You had a list full of things you had to submit until a certain date; not doing so would cost you a bad mark. Nowadays it will probably cost you a part of your salary or even your job. Ouch. See, told you school was easier.

Anyway, setting goals to achieve until a certain due date is difficult if you are your own boss. So take some of those back to school habits of doing your homework in deadline. You can also set rewards or punishments. It’s school life all over again!

5. Go to sleep at the same hour

“Then what’s the purpose of growing if I can’t go to sleep whenever I want?!” you would say. True. But as much as I loved to stay up late when I was a child, the better I enjoy a good nap in the middle of the day now. This also includes going to bed quite early.

Related: How To Wake Up Full of Energy

Pointless to mention that if you want to wake up early, you have to go to sleep early.

Developing the habit is going to sleep and waking up at the (almost) same hour is very beneficial for our bodies and metabolism. You probably already noticed that you wake up naturally at the same hour. That’s because our bodies are that smart that they have their own sleeping cycles. So keep that routine going.

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  • Lool I never want to go back to school as well. but this tips are quiet useful. I have been struggling to balance my busy schedule.

    • It’s ironic how the back to school habits we hated so much as kids can help us when we grow up bringing balance into our lives., isn’t it?

  • Patricia A. Go

    I liked school, minus the politics and bullying, but I am glad that I am not in school. Unfortunately, I cannot go to bed earlier than 11:30-12 am because I don’t even get out of work until 10 pm! I still try to wake up at around 6:30-7am though.

  • Dieter Hovorka

    Yes same here, I also did not like school at all

  • Rafi Nandi

    School is… just too terrifying to me. Even college. But these tips look so helpful. In fact, I am doing my best to wake up earlier and have a healthy breakfast.

  • Ha, I love this! I actually kind of liked some elements of school but you couldn’t pay me to go back now!

    I am NOT a morning person but sadly, having an office job means I need to get up early(-ish) anyway. However, I really need to follow the advice in Tip #4 as I am rubbish at going to sleep at a reasonable time!

    Also, totally irrelevant but I have that same stapler in blue. :D

    • LOL, really?! I never thought anyone has a twin, I have it for ages.

  • Great tips! I love being in school, and I try my best to follow all of these habits! I think for me, I have a hard time remembering to eat regularly and go to bed at a decent time, even though I get up early every morning.

  • YummyLilThings

    These are excellent reminders. As they say, everything thing you need to know, you learn in kindergarten.

  • Priyadarshini Rajendran

    Eve I hated the getting up super early part. The #4 is spot on.. We need to do that homework for everything to run smoothly

  • Great reminders! I always wake up early and have breakfast. I’m starting a job next week, so that will be a good time to start re-prioritizing things and working on a schedule.


  • Laura Romberger

    These are good habits to keep. It’s funny, so many times I find myself working with my son to have healthy habits and yet I’m over here staying up too late and skipping breakfast!

    • I guess that’s why I never understood parents, haha

  • Totally agree with you when it comes to waking up early and going to bed at the same time every night. It’s so important to have a sleep schedule.


  • I’ve been trying to get up at 7ish instead of 8ish recently and it’s been amazing to see what all I can get done in that one hour!

    • I’m starting to find it more difficult cu wake up before 7 or 6:30. The day is already shorter and it’s more difficult to wake up when there is less natural light.

  • Those are all wonderful habits, I was so bad when I was in school. I never woke up on time, always ran out the door without breakfast and left homework to the last minute.

    • Oh, yeah… I was bad at those things too. But I still got to graduate among the first of my class so I guess it’s alright.

  • Great points. We all need some organization in our lives.

  • Alicia Trautwein

    Great advice! We can all benefit from a great routine!

    Alicia Trautwein | https://themomkind.com

  • This is such a good idea! I never really thought to apply “back-to-school” techniques to adult life, but you’re right! It would make life easier. I’ve made having breakfast every morning a “must”, but I’d definitely like to start waking up earlier – I could get so much more done!

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

  • YES! Having a solid time for bed and getting up at the same time is always huge for me to stick with my morning and night routines. I also agree with having breakfast–so important and overlooked!

  • Rob Jackson

    Great reminders for all of us! I’ve always wanted to be one of those mega-productive morning people, but it’s just never come together for me. Practice makes perfect, I suppose!

  • Vanessa M. Umanan

    I need to take these tips seriously, especially waking up early and having breakfast. Now that I finished school, I never get to do those things anymore. Great post babe!


  • Great tips! Sometimes a little routine and getting back to the basics it just what you need to feel right again.

  • Christina

    I think some of these were much harder to keep up with when I was in school but as an adult these are definitely all things I strive for. But it’s not always easy!

    • Agree! It’s not easy and it’s almost funny how things actually turn out; striving for what we used to hate.

  • I’m still a college student, but I can totally relate to all of these! Having some snacks throughout the day definitely helps me get by

  • I really love these. I’m not in school, but my kids are so I do all of these so I can keep my sanity.

  • Sheri Kaye Hoff

    I laughed, but these are so true. Our daily habits impact everything. I especially liked the wake up early and have some snacks tips.

  • Tatyanna Picou-Baptiste

    These are definitely some good habits especially for a WAHM like me. I’m still working on going to sleep early and staying on schedule. Wish me luck!

    xx Tatyanna

    • Well… I just stayed up until 2 am to read a book. #guilty I guess some reasons will excuse the late bedtime sometimes.

  • Tami

    These are all some really great habits. :) Especially waking up early and eating breakfast!

  • Jordyn Upchurch

    Great tips! Although I’m a teacher so still technically having to go to school every day, I find it so hard to wake up early and go to sleep early!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  • Luci Cook

    I’ve been out of school for quite a bit and I try to go to bed around the same time and get up as well.

  • ohmummymia

    Go to sleep at the same hour? that is my big problem:D

  • Lol totally agree that I never ever ever want to go back to school but adapting some back to school habits are definitely great! I try to wake up early. I always find I’m more productive when I wake up early.