Tell me if you’ve ever had a morning like this…
Groggy, I opened my eyes and stared at the ceiling.
A feeling of dread blossomed in my stomach. I turned over, reaching for my phone. Dead.
Shit, shit, shit…
I threw off my covers and raced to look at the microwave clock: 7:12am.
Shit! Shit! Shit!
I had exactly 18 minutes to make it to school and start teaching…
I ran to the shower and barely got wet before I jumped out again. Throwing on my clothes, I fumbled with the tie. “Ah, forget it!” I yelled in frustration, stuffing it into my pocket.
I grab my bag and start walking out the door. I stop.
Looking over to the kitchen, I think to myself, “Breakfast or no breakfast?”
“No. It’s 7:21am. At least I still have 9 minutes to get to school…”
Then’s when I remembered… I had a bike not a car.
I still remember the panic I felt when this happened back in Teach for America.
The purpose of this article is to help you avoid mornings like that, so you don’t have to make the “Breakfast Decision” about your morning habits. By the time you finish this article you’ll have 7 concrete ways to wake up more reliably.
Please note: I don’t make the recommendation of going to sleep earlier because that’s a much bigger habit and far harder to maintain then the suggestions I make here. If you wish to start making bigger habits in your life, check out the Keystone Habit Course. Enjoy!
1) No Snooze Button
“If you snooze, you lose” is a real thing. Snoozing doesn’t actually give you any beneficial sleep and can throw off your body chemistry, setting you up to have a groggy day.
Luckily, you have some awesome options for alarm clocks without snooze buttons.
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