And as the early morning chill arrived, you rolled to one side of the bed, hugged your pillow tighter, put a smile on your face, drew your legs into the blanket, shut your eyelids closer and drifted deeper into the sleep.
Then they were calling your name. Oh! How you wished it was in your dream, of course, you pretended that you did not hear. Didn’t you? You did! And then they entered you room and tapped you on the shoulder. You groaned and moaned. ‘Wake up, you daisy head, it’s time for school.’
We all enjoy our sleep and don’t wish to wake up-I don’t mean death-again. But, we will be late for school if we don’t. Wont we?
Some are privileged, very, to have guardians, who wake them up, while some don’t and most times, run late to school.
Even those who have guardians still run late most times. But did you know that you can enjoy waking up early and making it to school on time? Of course you can just a little determination.
You know the dangers of running late, don’t you? I don’t mean to scare you but do you remember those strokes of the cane that cut through the air with such voracious speed and land on your body, their destination? Do you remember those eyes-so red-of that teacher who can’t wait to indulge you in some frog-jumps? Oh my gosh! Did you know you might miss your mid-session tests? The worse? I’ll tell you; you’ll end up with the tag: late-comer. I bet you don’t want any of this.
Alarms, they say works best, but I must tell you that even the loudest and most vibrating of alarms are not efficient enough when it comes to some individuals. Oh! Do you fall into this category? I didn’t think so!
Frankly, friendly alarms I should say, works best. Choose beautiful songs and tunes that put a smile on your face, makes you want to dance or sing along, not those ones that scream into your ear making you want to tear your hair.
Avoid sleeping in the dark. Sometimes, when we sleep in the dark, the brain tells us it’s still night, but when we sleep with the lights on, we feel its morning already.
Another way out, I must tell you, is preparing something enjoyable and exciting to do in the morning, like reading a chapter of your favorite novel, adding some touches to your project, trying on some new clothes, whatever gives you pleasure but you’re not addicted to, do it. Note: you must not be addicted to these activities as they may increase your chances of running late.
You know, you necessarily may not have conquered lateness because you woke up early. Overcoming the urge to keep on sleeping is just a step towards achieving your goal of getting to school early. Another step is getting prepared without wasting time. A little secret: get all your materials for school ready the previous night as this would eliminate haste.
One who is in a hurry to get prepared for school would keep forgetting things and would have to go back to them, wasting more time. Thus, in as much as you try to avoid wasting time, also try not to be in a haste, but with fluidity, go through your morning activities, probably by listening to good music.
Don’t enjoy the shower too much and definitely don’t use the bathtub during weekdays. Again I say, don’t get into activities that you’re addicted to, maybe like playing games, it’s not the right time for that.
Lastly, stop seeing school as punishment, but, remember the excitement and fun you encounter while there. Your friends, the football pitch, those pranks you play, those food you eat in the cafeteria, should be the things you remember when you wake up and not the assignment you have to submit, the teacher who is too frowny-if there’s a word like that- the bully called so and so, etc.
I admire those schools that recognize and reward the early-comers. Be in that category and see yourself being excellent at school!