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2B<br />

Alex Jobin<br />

Staff Columnist<br />

Back in the 1700s, there<br />

was a strange man who<br />

used to plan his day out to<br />

the minute. His name was<br />

Benjamin Franklin.<br />

Franklin would follow his<br />

schedule to a tee, blocking<br />

out time for work, meals,<br />

sleep and even leisure. His<br />

emphasis on keeping a<br />

stringent routine has even<br />

been immortalized in one<br />

of his most famous quotes:<br />

“Early to bed and early to<br />

rise, makes a man healthy,<br />

wealthy, and wise.”<br />

Settling into a routine<br />

may be the best way to<br />

manage the transition back<br />

to academic life without<br />

setting yourself up for a<br />

fall of late nights, lastminute<br />

assignments, and<br />

all-around anxiety. All the<br />

better if you can begin<br />

to ease into that routine.<br />

before returning to the<br />

Capstone.<br />

Now, Franklin’s daily<br />

schedule may have<br />

blurred the line between<br />

organization and psychosis,<br />

but there is actual science<br />

which suggests that keeping<br />

some form of routine can<br />

reward you with significant<br />

benefits in your everyday life.<br />

As we transition back into<br />

the school year, we must<br />

keep routine in mind if we<br />

want to keep up our grades.<br />

Not to mention everything<br />

else the average UA student<br />

has going on.<br />

opinion<br />

Keeping a schedule makes college life easier<br />

Even with jobs,<br />

internships and various<br />

other commitments taking<br />

place, there may be no easier<br />

time for us students to fall<br />

out of behavioral patterns<br />

than over the course of<br />

summer break. Summer<br />

can mean everything from<br />

irregular sleep schedules<br />

to sporadic travel to<br />

meandering hours of honestto-goodness<br />

boredom — and<br />

it’s the best.<br />

However, it lies in stark<br />

relief against the regimen and<br />

responsibility of fall semester.<br />

Settling into a routine<br />

may be the best way to<br />

manage the transition back<br />

to academic life without<br />

setting yourself up for a<br />

fall of late nights,<br />

last-minute<br />

assignments, and<br />

all-around anxiety.<br />

All the better if you<br />

can begin to ease into<br />

that routine before<br />

returning to<br />

the Capstone.<br />

So here’s the science.<br />

When you create and<br />

follow a daily regimen, you<br />

in turn create a domino<br />

effect of health benefits for<br />

yourself. It becomes much<br />

easier to eat better and stay<br />

fit when you have set aside<br />

dedicated times for grocery<br />

shopping and exercise.<br />

It can be easy to find<br />

yourself lost in a sea of other<br />

responsibilities that distract<br />

from these basic healthy<br />

behaviors over the course<br />

of a semester, but keeping a<br />

routine can provide you with<br />

guide rails to ensure you<br />

continue to prioritize your<br />

physical health.<br />

Routine becomes even<br />

more powerful when<br />

considering one’s mental<br />

well-being. According to<br />

Northwestern Medicine,<br />

having a consistent<br />

schedule has been shown<br />

to reduce stress and anxiety<br />

while simultaneously<br />

providing you with more<br />

opportunities for relaxation.<br />

Maintaining a consistent<br />

routine allows you<br />

to tackle your<br />

responsibilities<br />

head-on and can<br />

provide more enjoyable<br />

downtime that won’t<br />

make you feel like you are<br />

procrastinating.<br />

Perhaps the most integral<br />

part of routine — and one<br />

which evades many college<br />

students, including myself<br />

— is forming a regular sleep<br />

schedule. Having consistent<br />

bedtime habits has been<br />

found to improve “mental<br />

sharpness, emotional well-<br />

CW / Shelby West<br />

being and energy” — all of<br />

which are indispensable<br />

when facing the rigors of<br />

academia. Establishing a<br />

routine for your waking<br />

hours will translate into more<br />

regular sleeping patterns,<br />

creating a positive feedback<br />

loop of health benefits.<br />

No matter what our<br />

ultimate ambitions are, we<br />

all share a common thread<br />

as students at <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama: we<br />

are all working to garner the<br />

skills and tools necessary for<br />

succeeding and achieving our<br />

future goals. <strong>The</strong> importance<br />

of having a strong, healthy<br />

foundation cannot be<br />

overstated when it comes to<br />

this endeavor, and routine<br />

is the perfect place to start<br />

building that foundation.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are few examples<br />

of someone who was able<br />

to realize their ambition as<br />

impressively as Benjamin<br />

Franklin. Of course, like<br />

any of America’s Founding<br />

Fathers, he was not a perfect<br />

man. However, flaws aside,<br />

Franklin was successful in<br />

achieving nearly everything<br />

he set his mind to — and he<br />

set his mind to a lot.<br />

He crafted a lofty legacy<br />

for himself in journalism,<br />

politics, philosophy and<br />

science, even establishing<br />

long-lasting institutions<br />

like fire departments<br />

and libraries. Franklin’s<br />

life was one marked by<br />

accomplishment. It does<br />

not appear coincidental<br />

that Franklin’s life was also<br />

marked by strict routine.<br />

But to be truthful, I care<br />

far more about the future<br />

Benjamin Franklins than<br />

Franklin himself. Our<br />

generation is on the cusp of<br />

inheriting the reins of the<br />

great American experiment,<br />

and we should strive to be<br />

great ourselves. We should all<br />

wish to succeed and to fulfill<br />

our academic, personal and<br />

professional potential. We<br />

can start with routine.<br />

Gradually transition into<br />

a more consistent sleep<br />

schedule. Set goals for<br />

yourself that will prioritize<br />

both your mental and<br />

physical health. Add these<br />

practices to your calendar so<br />

that you have a template you<br />

can follow on a daily basis.<br />

Creating and adhering to<br />

a routine can feel like a hefty<br />

task, but the science does<br />

not lie. If you are able to find<br />

a routine that works for you,<br />

then you will be empowered<br />

to live a happier, healthier<br />

and more successful life. I<br />

will certainly be trying to find<br />

a routine this semester, and<br />

I encourage you to do the<br />

same.<br />

Your grades, and your<br />

future, will thank you later.<br />

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