I start an ADN program in January that has 6:30 am clinicals that can be up to about 1.5 hours away from me (I know this is pretty par for the course) and, as some current students have told me, and ENORMOUS amount of work.
Heres my issue-I've always been a night owl, so getting up at 5 am or earlier REALLY sounds like a disaster waiting to happen for me. Honestly, I used to struggle getting to a 9 am course, though I've gotten better with this. Right now, I'm on a consistent sleep schedule of either 12am-8am or 11pm-7am, depending on the day. Ideally, I'd like to be at 10pm-6am before the semester starts on January 14th. I know most people don't get a full 8 hours of sleep, but I just know I will sleep straight through my alarm if I don't. So does anyone have any advice on how to adjust your sleep schedule when you're not used to getting up early at all? I've been taking 10mgs of melatonin to fall asleep at 11pm, so I really don't know how I'll take to 10pm or even earlier once clinicals start.
My second question is: what strategies do you guys use to fight procrastination? I know there are a million articles online about this, but I want to know what has worked in practice for all of my hardcore procrastinators out there. And by hardcore, I mean that I once wrote a 10 page essay in 6 hours before it was due. And got an A on it--score!
Thanks all for any advice!