My cousin had problems waking up early in the morning and was always looking ways to reduce absence. He is always late for work. For some reason, every time the alarm rings, his arms automatically stretches out to reach for the snooze button. It’s a reflex most of use can identify with.
Habits are things that are formed by repetition. For many years, his arms and hands were programmed to stretch out and press that snooze button – even if he is still half asleep. (or half awake?)
When you press snooze, you instantly get another 10 minutes to sleep. The question is this – how many times will you press the snooze button? Once, twice or thrice?
A better question would be – what if you hit the wrong button? You hit “stop” instead! You can always tell your boss that it was traffic or an accident slowed you down. (or you can just tell him that you accidentally pressed the snooze button)
I gave my cousin a few tips that I thought would only work for me.
1.) Set an annoying alarm. The type that will wake you up, not the cute sounding tones.
2.) Place your alarm at least five steps away from you. Make sure it’s not within your reach. This will force you to get up!
3.) Never go back to bed!
After several days, he thanked me and said it worked for him. He came early for work. But I’m not sure though how long it lasted!