The Submarine Expert
My husband tells this awesome story:
Something’s gone wrong on a nuclear
submarine and they call in “the expert” to
help figure it out and fix it. So he comes
aboard and spends about an hour walking
up and down the entire submarine, finally
bends down and takes out a small hammer
and puts one nice, strong “tap” on one small
piece of the engine. Suddenly, everything
is working again. He says, “That’ll be
$100,000.” The submarine captain is
indignant and says “How can one little
tap of your hammer be worth $100,000?!”
The expert replies, “It’s not. The hammer tap
is worth $1.00. It costs you $99,999 for
my knowing where to do it.”
A Hammer Tap for Your Day
Life is complicated.
There are more problems than solutions
on some days, and tons of stress to go around.
But there is one simple thing you can do that,
like that little hammer tap, will make all the
difference in how your day goes.
The secret? (Don’t get all indignant!)
Don’t hit the snooze button.
I know you need your sleep!
I’m all about you getting your 7-8 hours
of shut-eye every night. But not by hitting
a snooze button anywhere from 3-99 times
in the morning, trying to wake up.
You waste an incredible amount of time
trying to wake up this way…and you
give your mind too many opportunities
while you are in this “twilight zone” of
trying to sleep/trying to wake to convince
yourself that you don’t REALLY need
to get up right now. You don’t REALLY
need to make it to class on time…or at all.
You don’t REALLY need to get all those
things done you wanted to do this morning…
what you REALLY need is just 9 more
minutes of crappy semi-sleep. Or 18. Or 45.
Hit the floor, not the button
You have to actually do 3 things to get
your day started off right…yeah, I know I
said it would be 1, but now it’s 3.
I said life was complicated!
1. You have to pick a realistic wake-up
time. Not some pie-in-the-sky-you-wish-
Figure out what you want to get done
tomorrow, or what time you realistically
need to get ready for work/school/whatever
and then set the alarm clock for THAT time.
2. You have to disable your SNOOZE button,
or get an alarm clock that doesn’t have one,
or put your alarm clock across the room
or way, way underneath your bed.
Or have amazing self-control and just
hit the OFF button instead of SNOOZE.
I said amazing self-control, right?
3. When your alarm goes off, your feet need
to hit the floor and you start moving. In slow
motion. Like a zombie with no brains…maybe
like a zombie looking for brains, I don’t know.
But you gotta get moving.
Head to the kitchen for coffee.
Walk to the shower, turn it on and get in.
Start making the bed.
No, you can’t lay back down on top of it!
Sit yourself down on your exercise bike
and start pedaling. (My personal favorite!)
It doesn’t matter, as long as you
are moving and your brain isn’t.
Whatever You Do…Don’t Think!
What you don’t want to do is allow yourself
to start thinking and talking to yourself.
You’ll start with “Oh man, it’s too early,
I’m exhausted, I need more sleep, I’ll
just hit the snooze button once.
I don’t REALLY have to get up this early
…what was I thinking yesterday, anyway?
I swear I’ll get up earlier tomorrow!”
A better way to wake up…
Sleep experts say that if you’re getting
enough sleep, you don’t even need an alarm
clock…you will wake up on your own.
I don’t know that I’ve ever personally had
the luxury of getting that much sleep!
So until that magical day happens,
here are 2 effective ways to do it:
The more expensive way is to buy a fancy
alarm clock that gradually lightens the room
15-45 minutes before a sound alarm goes off,
mimicking what it’s like to wake up to the sun
rising, so that you’re already partially awake
before the alarm goes off.
This is like the one I have : sun clock.
The less expensive way involves going down
to your local hardware store and getting a
lamp timer for about $8, and set it to turn
your light on your bedside table about 15
to 45 minutes before your alarm clock is
set to go off in the morning.
Either way, you’ll wake up more gradually,
so when you hear your alarm, you can
“hit the ground running” and get going
with your day!
That’ll be $99,999, please. 🙂