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Do you have a CISSP exam study routine? Or do you struggle to wake up early and start studying for the CISSP exam? Do you jump out of bed, excited that you have one day less to study for the CISSP Exam? What if I told you that there is a method that I used to pass my CISSP exam and still follow even today. How you start your day will have a direct effect on how you study. Stressed CISSP exam candidates that write to me asking for help have one thing in common; they do not follow a morning study routine.

They tell me that they start the day late hoping that they will “find” time to study. However, because they wake up late and have to help with the kids, they cannot study. I was in the same situation; I would sleep late at night because I had to prepare for the kid’s school the next day. Once all the work was done for the night, I was too tired to study. So I would set my alarm for the next day, and after snoozing it a couple of times, I was late for work.

Build your morning routine, wake up energized each day. Your being energized each day will transform every area of your life. As I created my morning routine, I felt as if I was in high school again because I and had to wake up early and it was though for a while (about two weeks). But then just like waking up early for school I got used to it and didn’t feel the pain for long. While there is no right or wrong morning routine, you will have to wake up early.

I did not have a plan, so I tried about everything. What I am sharing with you is not some secret formula revealed to me after years of meditation. I fine-tuned my morning routine by trying a lot of different things and failing at them, wasting time, and pressure that resulted from things not working out.

The below habits will ruin your CISSP exam study routine, lookout and eliminate them at the earliest.

Your morning routine starts the night before, and the following habits will ruin your morning routine:

Having caffeine close to bedtime

According to Carl E. Hunt, MD, director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Caffeine and nicotine stimulate wakefulness during the night. You may have a food or drink which may keep you up at night in addition to tea or coffee. Some medicines also have caffeine so read the labels carefully. If you cannot sleep during the night waking up early will obviously be a challenge.

Not winding down before your bedtime

Create a wind-down routine before your bedtime, wind-down routine will include putting away your cell phone, tablet, etc. (anything with a screen). My routine includes taking a bath, spending time with my kids and reading before going to sleep. Your wind down routine should be an hour before going to sleep.

Going to sleep late

No morning routine will work without a good night sleep. Your morning routine will start the night before. If you sleep late into the night and do not have a good night’s sleep. No matter what your grand plans for the next morning, they will probably not work. Have a fixed time to go to sleep and stick to it no matter what.

Checking emails / Facebook etc. during the night

When I used to wake up at night the first thing I would do was reach out for my phone to check my emails, and reply to them. Next, I would review my social media accounts and respond and comment on posts. I would have spent at least thirty minutes before putting away my phone. It took me another thirty minutes to go back to sleep. Once I recognized this habit, I put my phones away from my bed and did not touch them during the night. It took a few days to break the habit, but it is well worth it.

Share your morning CISSP exam study routine and let me know what works for you in the comments below.