It’s spring semester and you’re probably excited about new possibilities  – a new workout routine, a new time management system, or a new morning ritual. Healthy routines help create positive habits, provide structure, prevent procrastination, and build momentum. They can even help us feel good about ourselves.

New routines work best when they start small. Here are some small routines to help you begin.

  • Lay out clothes for the next day before you go to bed. This helps especially if you go from class to work and will save you frustration and time in the morning.
  • Regarding clothes, take small steps to manage your closet. For every one clothing item you buy, remove one from your closet. This will help you avoid the overwhelming task of yearly closet purging.
  • Wake up earlier in the morning. There are many benefits to being an early riser, such as enjoying morning solitude and organizing your day.
  • Plan your meals. You’ll save time and money by Googling recipes for items you already have. This way, you’ll buy less groceries and save on food waste.
  • Cook on Sundays. Take advantage of the weekend by preparing for the busy week ahead. This saves time you would spend on cooking and money you would spend at restaurants.
  • Pack meals for the next day before or after you eat dinner – clumping similar activities tends to help me solidify habits
  • Get into the habit of exercising right after you finish school/work – this way your body begins to associate the end of school/work with exercise time. This also helps transition your day from work to fun.

Don’t forget to take advantage of free services that help students create healthy habits. Visit our website and blog for tips on staying well, or go to the Wellness Center bein the Marshall Student Center.