“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 single one. Different tools work for different people, but adding three positive habits to my daily routine helped me break this one bad habit.
While I was already cutting back quite a bit on beer and wine due to my health goals, I think it is 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 that I was still able to unwind and relax at night, but 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.
I like to wake up early because it gives me more time to work toward my goals. When I first started rising at an earlier hour, 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 when 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, but 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 that all I was cutting from my day was some of my 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 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.” I had to set my alarm 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 accidentaly canceled the first one instead of snoozing it.
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 are 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 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 and once you 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!