It’s sad, but true.
My normal morning routine includes the following:
- Alarms #1 and #2 go off. Snooze both.
- Alarm #3, which is supposed to be my final alarm, goes off. Snooze.
- Alarms #1 and #2 go off again. Snooze.
- Alarm #3 goes off again. Squint one eye open, look at the time, justify giving myself 5 more minutes, and reset the alarm for five minutes later.
- Alarm #4 (adjusted time!) goes off……………………. Snooze.
- Either Alarm #1, #2, #3, or all of the above go off next. Realize I needed to get up 30 minutes ago, and run around the house like a chicken with its head cut off, trying to get ready for the day in 10 minutes or less.
I feel as though I ought to include the fact that my poor husband, by the time I get up, has already been awake for 30 minutes, made coffee, fed the dog, had a bowl of cereal, and walked the dog. Whoops.
Unfortunately, I need to start waking up early again, because my last year of undergraduate study (FINALLY!!!!!!!) is about to begin exactly one week from now, and I have classes that start at 8:00. I completely understand that 8 am is not a particularly early morning for the majority of the adult population, but it’s definitely early for me.
In the past, I have used 5 alarms at one time, tried putting them far away from me, relied on my husband or roommates to wake me up, etc. I have also failed multiple months and years at getting up and getting ready for the day without scrambling around in a crazy frenzy.
- Go to bed with the set intention/goal in mind of getting up on time!
- Plan what I am going to wear the next day the night before. (this takes me forever, especially when dealing with groggy, morning-time Christine)
- Pack bags and purses with necessary supplies for the next day
- Calculate how early I need to get up based on the things I would like to get accomplished before I leave:
- 5 minutes for brushing teeth, washing face, and getting dressed (with last night’s clothing preparation…)
- 5 minutes to cuddle with / play with / love on my dog [okay, maybe 10]
- 5 – 10 minutes for breakfast and morning tea, morning stretches
- 20-30 minutes to shower, do hair & makeup
- 15-20 minutes to get to school & class on time
- Set an alarm for when I want to be in bed, ideally 8-9 hours before I need to get up and moving around. (This is definitely going to be the roughest part for me…)
- When my alarm goes off, I am going to just get. out. of. bed. Maybe I’ll go in my zombie-like state and wash my face. With cold water. That ought to do it
- Put $1/$2 in a jar for every day that I wake up early, free to use on whatever I want after each month of (hopefully) successful mornings!
— INCENTIVE! $$$ haha
I’m going to start initiating this “plan-of-action” by waking up 30 minutes earlier every day for the next week, since I get up at around 10am in the summertime (I know…. seriously??).
I, Christine, promise you, the readers (or 3 people), to do my very best and succeed in the plan I have set forward to “rise and shine” like the real, gen-u-ine, hopefully-won’t-need-the-snooze-button-anymore, adult that I am.
What crazy or logical schemes do you do to successfully/semi-successfully get out of bed in the mornings, fellow non-morning people (aka night owls) ?