What I Wish I Knew in College: Time Scheduling 2 of 3

What I Wish I Knew in College: Time Scheduling 2 of 3

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Early to Bed Early to Rise

Consider what is made possible if you went to bed forty-minutes later, woke up 1 hour earlier, or woke up earlier on the weekend. That 40 minutes at night would be perfect for meditation. That hour in the morning adds up to 5 additional hours per week. That weekend routine signals a reclamation of time that was previously unaccounted for.


The proposition appears to be a choice to lose time sleeping in order to gain time. If you’re honest, what’s really happening is two-fold. First, you are committing to a sleep time. Most people don’t have a set bedtime after age 13 and prior to age 30-something. They get sleepy, maybe go to bed, or  drift wherever they are watching television or nodding while looking at a computer screen. Creating a bedtime has the potential to sync your internal clock and make sleep more profitable.

Second, going to bed 40 minutes later makes space for a bedtime routine. You may go for tea or a warm bath or a run. You may meditate, prep for the next day, or tidy up. Whatever you choose, it makes the next day less stressful. This, again, promotes an environment for better sleep.


A more rested feeling upon waking comes with better sleep. You already process shower, dress, and makeup before heading out of the house. This additional hour does not need to be concerned with those tasks. My favorite opportunity is to spend the hour in a project. Write or research or construct for that hour. Consider the value and sustainability of consistent hours, 5 per week, additionally applied to a project you are working on. The payoff can be tremendous.


Maybe there is a generation now that views the weekend as an opportunity to sleep late. But millennials and generation x-ers know that waking was rewarded. From 1960 to 1990, Saturday morning cartoons were a must-see event. In lower-middle-class homes, the weekend was also a time for cleaning and home care. I suggest to you that the weekend can be more.

Rather than seeing the weekend as a time to catch up, utilize the week to work and maintain. Employ the weekend to conceptualize ways to innovate what is your status quo. Consider the times you have thought about making things work more efficiently. Think through the ideas and technical options you have. Give yourself over to brainstorming and prototyping. Recapture time that most of us take for granted. Make the weekend more get ahead than catch up.

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