Dominating the Alarm Clock
Occasionally, I wonder how I ever managed to stay up late and then make it to my 8 o’clock college class—on time. Fast forward a few years later and I’ve already been at work for over an hour by time 8 o’clock rolls around. It seems that I can never get enough sleep, even when I’ve managed to get eight glorious hours of shut-eye; resulting in the revolving war with my alarm clock. And although, I manage to get to work on time, I always feel rushed, I would rather feel refreshed and prepared to tackle the day when I walk into my office, every morning.
It’s like the “tomorrow diet”, when I get in bed and I’m thinking about all of the things I should have done and the things I need to do, I tell myself, “Okay, I’m going to wake up early tomorrow, and get this, this and this done before leaving for work.” HA! By time my alarm goes off, all of the good intentions in the world couldn't pull me out of bed.
There are plenty of benefits to waking up early and all of the successful people are doing it, right? Unfortunately, for me, the sleepy creature hitting the snooze button isn’t the same conscientious individual that had set the alarm the night before.
How I’m dominating the alarm clock:
- Take a dip. For most, the hardest part of getting out of bed is taking the first few steps away from the warm and comfy side of the bed. However, I can get out of bed, walk out of my bedroom, turn around and get back in bed without an ounce of remorse. I have learned that the easiest way for me to “wake up” is to get in the shower!
- Set an alarm across the room. My alarm sits next to my bed on the night stand; this makes it easy to hit the snooze button and to keep on, well, snoozing. Set an alarm in the next room or somewhere that makes you get out of bed to turn it off.
- Change your attitude. Change the way you think and watch your world change; start intentionally using the language of privilege rather than duty. Exchanging the words, “I have to” with “I get to” can improve not only your mornings but your entire outlook on life. How lucky I am to have a job in this economy that I get to go to work today! I don’t have to work out this morning; I get to work out. What a blessing to be healthy and able to care for my body.
- Get excited!Make plans that you’re excited for first thing in the morning and jump out of bed like a maniac. Try a new workout routine, meditation, a new tea/coffee, or if you’re like me, the idea of having new makeup is exciting enough to throw me out of bed, even on the chilliest of winter mornings. Make waking up early a reward that you look forward too.
- Inverted Snooze.The first reaction to a sounding alarm is to snooze it and gain a few more minutes of rest. Instead of hitting the snooze and going back to sleep, hit the snooze and get up and do something productive—but only for 10 minutes (or however long the snooze is set for.) Instead of forcing yourself to get up right away, bargain with yourself, “Stick it out for 10 minutes.” Do whatever you want for those 10 minutes, get some fresh air, make a pot of coffee, go for a walk or a quick HIIT routine! The next time your alarm goes off, you’ll likely be fully awake and ready to start your day!
Are you an early riser? If so, what helps you get out of bed? What’s the first thing you do every morning to get your day started on the right track?