If any of you have ever traveled with me or lived with me, you’ll know I am a royal crab in the morning when I first wake up. I don’t think I’ve ever been a true morning person. I think this some deep rooted shit from my childhood, because Lois has ALWAYS been a morning person. She wakes up at 4am willingly and seizes the day, everyday. I remember as a kid I would cry, scream, and nap all morning because I was sweepy! But, honestly I can’t pretend this was when I was a small kid – all through high school I wasn’t trusted to wake up alone so she would have to call the house to make sure I got my ass up. Lois also turned to insane tactics to wake me up – my least favorite was her singing Dean Martin’s ‘Volare’ at the top of her lungs. I still can’t even listen to that song without getting sickening chills down my spin. In Chicago, I had some progress in getting up, I would start my work shift at 7:30am BUT only so I could leave at 4pm. At my current job we don’t have clockin/out so the motivation to go in early is low since I’ll get stuck there until 5/6 anyways. Anyways back to the story, I hate waking up early, but over the past year and half I have developed the worst SNOOZE issue.
What is a SNOOZE issue? Well for me it’s acute and it involves hitting the snooze button for up to TWO HOURS…. I know it’s insane. I have to set my alarm for 5:30am to even dream of getting up at 7:30am…
I had picked up a ‘retro’ (read 1980s) alarm clock a few months ago that was literally just for show over the summer. It sat right next to my head (like my phone) so whenever my phone alarm sounded I would just naturally hit SNOOZE and go back to ‘sleep’ for the 9 minutes I was allowed.
Well over the weekend I turned 29 and decided I needed to make a few changes to my daily schedule. SNOOZE issue was top of the list.
So here’s what I did:
I moved that 1980s alarm to the other side of the room on our new dresser. I set it for a realistic time (6:15am). Now that’s all good and well, in the past with the my phone I would do the same thing and then still find the time to SNOOZE for hours. So I had to make a promise to myself to not lay back down, not to hit SNOOZE. I literally had to tell myself, SNOOZE does not exist. I also had to have a ‘chore’ or something I wanted to do in the morning (i.e. harvest tomatoes in the garden, crochet for 30 minutes, journal, answer work emails). Notice I don’t have ‘go for a run’ etc becauce those ‘chores’ although make you feel great are not the motivator for me anymore. I hate running in the morning and know myself well enough to know I’m not getting up for that shit. SNOOZE.
Now it’s been 5 days of actually waking up on time (6:15am) and I love it! I’ve been able to do a lot of things that I would normally not get to do until later in the day. I get to show some extra love to the tribe, play in my garden, clean, do laundry, type this blog post, and plan for world domination. It’s funny how a seemingly small change can have such an impact on your day and attitude. I haven’t felt grouchy, frazzled, or foggy walking into work. It’s really been enjoyable.
I may not be a morning person, but I’m sure enjoying pretending I am! 🙂