There are three types of people in the world: those who can and those who cannot count. Those categories of people are subdivided based on how they wake up. We have the people who wake up with the birds chirping and calmly go about their day (optional substitution of children for birds, and high anxiety for calm). Another group is the strict single alarm people. Alarm goes off once, their coffee maker has already made their liquid breakfast and they are dressed as they remove the blanket from their bed and they rush out the door. The final category of people are the oppressively over alarmers (das me!). In school I would set alarms every 5 to 10 minutes for me to get up just to make it to that calc class I was going to fail anyway. This is a good tactic that people use a lot. It gives you the option of getting up if you’re ready or just another few minutes of sleep when needed. Recently I have changed the strategy of my alarm system. I still use 5 alarms, at 15 min intervals, but instead of telling myself “ sick i have like 4 more buzzers to go before I need to get my backside out of bed -_- zzzzzzzzzz” I’ve started treating them as check points. Buzz (well it’s not really a buzz it’s whatever little jingle the corporation that created my phone came up with. What was I saying? Oh yeah)
- Buzz! Ok, time to get out of bed. Find my watch, get dressed blah blah blah.
- BuzzBuzz! At this point in time I need to be dressed, teeth brushed, and be making my way down stairs to take the dog for a walk.
- Buzz Buzz Buzz! Ok Pup! Time to head back home, time to make my coffee and get the bag loaded into the car and get myself ready to set off for work (a.k.a. This lovely establishment where I get to see all you wonderful people)
- Buzz Buzz Buzz Buzz Fourth Alarm. If I’m not in the car at this point I won’t actually be late, but I will feel like I’m late, and that makes me nervous.
Anyway, BY NO MEANS should I be a “life coach” but this is one habit that I think has helped me be more efficient (or at least more routine) in the morning, and it’s just a new way to see your alarm in the morning. Seeing it as not an opportunity to get more sleep, but as a personal trainer to get your mornings up and running in a timely manner. Greg Morgan