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Day 1; Why Your Alarm Clock Can Make or Break Your Day
It’s 7am. Your alarm clock has been blaring for 30 minutes. Does this sound familiar?
I am one of the lucky ones in that waking early is one of my favourite things. I feel it can give you an hour or two of extra time for focus, creativity and exercise. While you could do those things later in the day, most people don’t (with exceptions of course).
When it comes right down to it, a lot of people have a really hard time obeying the alarm clock and end up pressing snooze one too many times so instead of you running the day, the day runs you!
The best method for changing the time you wake up is to do it gradually — 10-15 minutes earlier for 2-4 days, until you feel used to it, and then repeat. If you get up at 8 a.m. normally, don’t suddenly change it to 6 a.m. Try 7:45 a.m. first.
Sudden changes of an hour earlier or more in your waking time are difficult, and not likely to last. If you get up 1-2 hours earlier, on Day 1, then you’ll have a tough time, and not enjoy it. The next day, you’ll have a big sleep deficit, and it’ll be even tougher (assuming you’re able to do it 2 days in a row). Day 3 is even harder. Eventually you either make it through the tough times (it’ll take at least a week of suffering), or you crash and sleep in late and have to start over or you give up.
Sleeping patterns are difficult to change, and so this gradual method works much better.
The days where I get up when the blaring first starts are the days my life runs smoothly. I have time to myself in the morning before my kids get up. I can get my exercising in and feel good about my health. I can catch up on emails before the day starts rolling. My plans fall right into place, I don’t start my day feeling frazzled, and I’m not constantly playing “catch up.”
So let’s all try it. Let’s start a revolution of actually following through and getting up when we plan to instead of hitting snooze one more time. Let’s say no to one more day of frantic catch up and instead relax in the fact we are successful.
Want to join me?
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