There is a stereotypical “morning person” that I’ve always envied:
The person who bounces out of bed at 5am to hit the gym;
The person who has time to make a healthy breakfast complete with a green smoothie before work every day;
The person who doesn’t need to guzzle coffee to feel human before 8am.
As you can probably tell, I am not and have never been that person. And chances are if you’re reading this post, you aren’t either.
This post is NOT about becoming one of those people though.
At this point in life, I’ve pretty much accepted that I will never be THAT person, but that’s ok because that person is the extreme. There is still high value in being able to wake up when you intend to and not snooze your alarm 15 million times before finally dragging yourself out of bed.
THAT is what this post is about and how I was able to get there with one simple change.
First, let me give you a tiny bit of background on my own past struggles with mornings:
I have ALWAYS been a late sleeper, ask my parents. I was their child who would sleep in, while my younger sister was up at the crack of dawn ready to party.
I was the teenager who had to be prodded out of bed every morning to get to school on time. I have vivid memories of my parents coming into my room MULTIPLE times each morning to wake me up and every time I would whimper “5 more minutesss!”
Fast forward 10-15 years, and I was still the same. I would set my alarm for 7am and snooze until 8:30, which is tricky when you have a 9-5 office job.
I had always wanted to solve this ‘snoozer’ problem but hadn’t been able to, until now.
A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across this TED Talk and literally one single line in it changed “morning-me” forever.
The talk was given by Mel Robbins and it was titled “How to stop screwing yourself over”. It was generally about how people tend to get in their own ways when it comes to achieving the things they want in life.
The part that called to me was right at the end:
Her advice was, tomorrow morning when your alarm goes off, throw the blankets aside and sit up before you can even hit the snooze button. The first 3 seconds of waking up sucks but if you can make it past that, you’ll be ok.
And she was right. That night, right before sleeping, I thought about her advice and made a plan in my head to do that action in the morning instead of snoozing, and it worked. I was able to wake up (and stay up) at 7am. I had a glorious morning before work, complete with breakfast in bed and watching my favorite tv show.
It all comes down to a mental game, changing your mindset the night before. If you tell yourself the night before that when you hear your alarm in the morning you’re going to sit right up and throw the blankets off, you are much more likely to do it in the morning than if not. In the past, when I was heading to sleep, deep down I knew I would snooze my alarm in the morning because that was the norm for me. Now, I set my alarm for the actual time I want to wake up (instead of accounting for an hour of hitting snooze) and I set my intention the night before.
This method works because eventually you get conditioned to do it once you hear your alarm. Before, I would hear my alarm and my conditioned reaction would be to throw my arm out and hit snooze. Now when I hear that first second of a ring, I immediately throw my blankets off and sit up.
I do this every day now, with the exception of the occasional hungover sleepy weekend morning of course. Hey, no one’s perfect.
If your story sounds like mine, I highly recommend trying this and checking out that TED talk. It’s 21 minutes of your life that could change your habits forever.
Go for it!