Do you have a morning routine?
I normally put a pot of coffee on before I shower if I've got the extra time. Sometimes I'll even watch an episode of something if I really need to chill out.
wake up 20 minutes before I gotta go and yeet myself to class.
My morning routine lasts four hours.
It consists of everything I need to do before I leave my house.
The way I like to think of it is like grinding mobs until I level up.
Having a task related to your side project helps it feel like you are leveling up.