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Don’t Hit the SNOOZE Button!

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-

you-could-get-up-at-that-time time.

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?

And…

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.  🙂

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