“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” ~Aristotle
Your morning will set the tone for the rest of your day and avoiding that snooze button should get you started on the right foot.
There are so many tips online for breaking the snooze habit, and I think I’ve tried just about every one. Different tools work for different people. But, adding three positive habits to my daily routine helped me break this bad habit.
I was already cutting back quite a bit on beer and wine due to my health goals. But, I think it’s important to note the negative impact alcohol can have on quality of sleep.
Once I replaced my evening glass of wine with a mug of herbal tea on weeknights, I found I was still able to unwind and relax at night. As an added bonus, sleep came faster and easier.
Going to Bed Earlier
While it may seem like a no-brainer, it took me a while to put two and two together that an earlier bed time makes for an easier morning.
I like to wake up early because it gives me more time to work toward my goals. When I first started rising earlier, I didn’t adjust my bed-time at all. So, it became extremely difficult to wake up early.
I’d go to bed late (probably between 10 and 11 p.m.). But, I was trying to wake up between 4:30 and 5:00. This was hard because I was accustomed to waking up closer to 6:30.
At first, I was worried that going to bed earlier would wipe out the effectiveness waking up earlier had on my productivity. Instead, what I found was that the extra time I was staying up in the evenings wasn’t productive time.
When I started aiming for a bed-time between 8:30 and 9:00, waking up earlier in the morning became easier. It also turned out, all I was cutting from my day was a little TV and screen time.
Tracking Days the Snooze Button Isn’t Used
I’ve said before that I’m a huge fan of habit trackers!
When I really want to commit to something as a daily habit, or a part of my daily routine, I’ll add it to my monthly habit tracker. This extra step really helps me to hold myself accountable.
Something about an empty box in the middle of a perfectly filled in row just drives me crazy. So, if for nothing else, I’ll jump out of bed in the morning at the first alarm just so I can fill in that box.
Waking up a little earlier is a great way to add some extra time into your day for work on your most important goals. You may also find that waking up with ease sets the path for accomplishing goals with ease.
I used to be the ultimate “snoozer.”
My alarm always had to be set an hour or more before I truly planned to get up (just to allow time for snoozing). I even had to set two or three extra alarms just in case I accidentally canceled the first one, instead of snoozing it.
Kicking the Habit
When I decided to break the habit once and for all, avoiding alcohol, going to bed earlier, and tracking “non-snooze” mornings on a habit tracker helped me do it.
If you’re thinking of committing to an early-morning routine, but your snooze habit is getting in your way, these three tips should help. They’ll be especially beneficial if you implement them one at a time.
Start with avoiding alcohol on weeknights. Replace your evening drink of choice with water or tea for a week or two and you’ll likely start to notice more quality sleep at night.
Once you’re settled into that routine, try going to bed a little earlier. You’ll start feeling like the snooze habit is just about history.
Then, add “no snooze” to your habit tracker and watch the magic happen!
Already kicked the habit? Was there something outside of these tips that really helped you? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for the Link-Up, Jen!