Snooze You Lose
Waking up in the morning is something we all despise, especially on those freezing cold mornings, when the bed feels so much warmer than any other location on earth.
We set our alarm clock in the evening ready for the next day and say to ourselves… Tomorrow we will get up on time and now snooze our alarm clock.
Who are we kidding? That was never going to end well. That horrible noise begins to blast the following morning whilst we struggle out of bed to switch it off and let it snooze for another 10 minutes or so.
The Big Problem
The big problem here that many don’t realise is that we are already setting ourselves to fail for the day.
Naturally I can see you reading this thinking, has he lost the plot? Well no, quite frankly you have.
Mentally our mind works on small wins as we reach our daily targets. One we don’t often think about is getting up in the morning when we are told to and then go from there. However if we cannot even do that, we are naturally setting ourselves up to fail.
So how do we fix this?
Perfect Alarm Positioning
The first thing to sort out is the positioning of your alarm clock. The reason for this is so that you physically need to move in order to switch it off.
A problem in modern day society is going to sleep with your mobile phone next to you and also using it as an alarm, means you can switch it off and snooze for as long as you like.
The best way to resolve this is set the alarm on the other side of the room or even better still if it is loud enough in a different room.
This alone ensures you have to get out of bed in order to switch the alarm off.
When To Set It For
Everyone is different with their routines and what they believe is the optimum amount of time for sleep, I myself get up at 5am each morning to ensure that I maximise each day.
This time is not ideal for most, so find a time that suits you for your morning and worst case try going to bed a bit earlier.
Make a routine of it so that it makes it a lot easier.
Make A Routine
Once you have a set time you need to be up, make this a routine every day. After about a month of getting up at the same time your body clock will begin to kick in.
People say it doesn’t get any easier, but I can promise you that it does. One thing to note though is that it gets harder before it gets easier.
With a time set make sure as soon as you hear your alarm you spring out of bed, switch it off.
From then on the world is your oyster. I do however recommend drinking a pint of water to hydrate the brain, followed by brushing your teeth, as the minty taste will help wake you up.
Stick To It
With a routine in place, you will find it hard to begin with and on days when you are super tired you will struggle, but keep fighting it and stick to the routine you made yourself.
As I suggested, after a month of carrying out the same routine it will become so naturally you will just raise, sometimes just before your alarm.
Now the routine is set and you are sticking to it, just ensure you do not snooze that dreaded alarm.
Yes we hate the noise, yes we don’t want to get up but snoozing your alarm is setting you up to fail!
No one likes a failure.
With a routine and the alarm clock moved you are already on the road to success.
The next thing to do is try and wake up that bit earlier, if you can manage the initial alarm how much harm would an extra 15 minutes do?
With those 15 minutes imagine what else you could achieve in the morning for yourself whilst everyone else is fast asleep.
For a sample of the type of routine I carry out check out the post below:
And remember… You Snooze You Lose