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wakey wakey

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in honor of monday, i thought i’d blog about the art of waking up.

i’d say i’m pretty good at waking up.  maybe in the top 90th percentile.  in my 2 years of working the opening shift at starbucks, i was only late twice.  that’s getting to work at 5:30 pretty much 4 or 5 days a week.  i’m not really the one that people need to call or come in the room to wake up.  to put it bluntly, i’d say i’m one of the best at waking up.

now, i might be late for things that start in the morning, but it’s never because i didn’t wake up on time.  it’s always because i forgot to put on socks when i went to go put on my shoes, or i left something back in my apartment after i already started the car or i can’t find which green shirt i want to wear with my jeans (i think i own 2 or 3 green shirts).

so being the great waker-upper that i am, i figured i would share some tips for waking up success.  (note: this may not work for everyone, especially if you’re my roommate who sets 7 alarms in the morning and still doesn’t get up sometimes):

set your alarm a couple snooze cycles early – depending on your waking-up ability, you’ll have to set your alarm accordingly.  for me, 1 snooze cycle is usually enough so i set my alarm 9 minutes earlier than i want to get up so i have the satisfaction of hitting the snooze button one time.  for you double-digit snooze mashers, i don’t know what to say to you.  my old roommate in college use to snooze for 3 hours!!  (no joke!)  i would get up at 5 to study in the living room and i’d hear his alarm go off, and it would still be going on when i left for class at 8!!

it’s all in your mindset – to me, the secret to waking up on time is all in your mindset.  you have to force yourself to physically get out of bed when your alarm goes off.  once you get out of bed, i’d say it’s 75% easier to get on with your day than if you just sit there in bed and wait til you’re not tired anymore.  when you’re alarm goes off, just start inching your way to the edge of your bed.

open your eyes!! – i think the trap that most people fall into is the “i’m awake, i’m just going to close my eyes for a little bit” and then BAM!  you’re 45 minutes late for work/class.  don’t fall for it!  when you’re trying to wake up, open your eyes and keep them open!  it’s hard, and it’s definitely a test of willpower, but once you get past this, you’re pretty much set for success.

so if you’re having problems waking up, try these tips and let me know if they worked for you.

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Written by enoch

October 20, 2008 at 12:17 am

Posted in from my mind

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  1. and then.. BAM.
    hahaha.

    dk

    October 20, 2008 at 12:34 am

  2. i usually do two snooze cycles. but i did 4 this morning and was late to church 😦

    hg

    October 20, 2008 at 1:28 am

  3. LOL @ “my old roommate in college use to snooze for 3 hours!! (no joke!)”

    I’ve done 5 hours before, was supposed to wake at 8 but woke up at 2. It’s hard to tell when the sun is up especially if you have the shades down, and door closed. Mondays are probably the worst but i managed to get up at 9. great post btw.

    jk

    October 20, 2008 at 12:21 pm

  4. hm.. my roommate did that this morning. her alarm went off loudly and for a strange reason, i picked up that noise and opened my eyes. 5:30!!!!!!! i easily fell back asleep, but yeah.. she went into the bathroom right when i clenched my phone in my hand, a second away from getting up (7:30).. maybe it’s time to get my own bathroom.. but thanks to her, i had a 5-min snooze to myself 🙂

    heej

    October 20, 2008 at 12:54 pm

  5. i don’t snooze. i just let the music go. then i end up in bed for another 30 minutes listening to the radio. ha.

    kt

    October 20, 2008 at 5:18 pm

  6. and i guess it doesn’t help that i have no where to be in the morning. work starts at 1pm. so i’m basically waking up to go workout (which hasn’t happened yet) or study (mainly just for midterms). but yeah i never wake up when i want to.

    you don’t mention anything about going to bed early.

    kt

    October 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm

  7. i didn’t include going to bed early because, although helpful, you can definitely wake up pretty consistently at the appropriate time without sleeping early as i did while working at starbucks. it is healthier and probably better for you in the long=run to sleep earlier if you want to wake up on time though =)

    enoch

    October 20, 2008 at 5:26 pm

  8. how did you know?

    dtongkas

    October 20, 2008 at 6:15 pm

  9. ok ok….i have problem waking up…..i hate it that you say it’s all in my mind.

    dtongkas

    October 21, 2008 at 12:32 am


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