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15 Creative And Effective Ways To Wake Yourself (And Your Loved Ones) Up In The Morning

15 Creative And Effective Ways To Wake Yourself (And Your Loved Ones) Up In The Morning
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So you’re not a morning person. Let’s be honest, who is? Whatever time of day you’re most awake and productive, you still have no choice but to wake up in the morning for school or work.

Choosing your method of waking up, now that’s an entirely different story. Check out these creative wake up ideas to wake yourself (and your loved ones) up in the morning so that you have enough time to prepare for the day ahead.

1. Preset Your Coffee Maker

Unless you’re okay with cold coffee in the morning, a warm cup of coffee waiting for you nearby is often enough to get up any regular coffee drinker. Purchase a coffee maker that you can load up the night before and set on a timer to be ready when you wake up.

2. Make it a Contest

Who can resist kicking butt no matter what time of day it is? Use incentives to get your family up in the morning. Compete against your partner and see who can get ready first – while still looking presentable – or pit your children against one another. Offer a reward to whoever wins, whether it’s allowing the winner to make the decision on the next date night or letting the winning child choose which cartoon to watch after school.

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3. Wake Your Kids Up to a Dance Party

A jolt of excitement in the morning is an easy way to wake your body up. When your kids only dive beneath the covers when you try to wake them for school, give them a surprise. Start up some music (not so loud that it pushes them farther under the covers) and break out in a dance number, encouraging your kids to join you.

4. Wake Up to a Workout

You may have a daily personal training session or scheduled time at the gym, but that’s no guarantee that you’ll get up. Start your day off with 30 bicep curls. If you have this alarm clock, you have no choice. It won’t shut off until you’ve finished the set. It has an internal motion sensor, you can’t cheat!

5. Wake to a Chase

Are you one to constantly press the snooze button time after time? Clocky doesn’t allow you to do that. After one snooze, the clock will jump off your nightstand and hide from you until you get up to turn it off. The best part? It’s only a $10 investment to get you up on time every morning.

6. Enjoy the Sunshine

Maybe you can’t wake up at the same time the sun rises, leaving that natural light fairly useless as an alarm system. But you can simulate a sunrise in your room with a clock like this. It works by gradually lighting up to help you wake naturally -only you get to control the sunrise. With a clock like this, you’ll enjoy a more pleasant morning routine.

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7. Schedule an Appointment

There’s nothing worse than being late for something important. Force yourself to wake up earlier by scheduling important things in the morning like personal training sessions, meetings, or breakfast dates with friends.

8. Use SnūzNLūz

The SnūzNLūz alarm clock is perhaps one of the best ways to wake you up in the morning by using money as an incentive. No, you don’t get paid when you get up on time, but it will cost you if you choose to sleep in. The clock connects to your bank account and will donate money to your charity of choice (preferably one you don’t want to donate to!) if you press the snooze button.

9. 3…2…1…Blastoff!

Wake each morning to a rocket launch. This nifty alarm clock shoots a toy rocket in the air and doesn’t turn off until you return the rocket to the base, forcing you to get up and find the rocket before you can enjoy peace and quiet again.

10. Throw Away the Key

The night before you go to bed, lock your alarm clock or phone in a box next to your bed. Hide the key outside of your bedroom before you go to bed so that you’re forced to get up before you can turn off your annoying alarm and reunite with your phone once more!

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11. Send the Dog In

If your kids are having a tough time waking up, send Fido in to do the dirty work. His kisses are sure to wake the kids up, and they can’t even be mad about it. Seriously, who could get mad at the family dog?

12. Wake Up to a Carpet Alarm

Have a tough time getting out of bed? This carpet alarm won’t shut off until you do. It’s a cozy item that doubles as a genius way to get you up in the morning. It doesn’t shut off until your feet hit the floor.

13. Go to War

If every morning seems like war in your house, play along. Use this sonic grenade to get your kids up in the morning. Simply pull the pin, throw it in your child’s room, and get out of the way!

14. Wake to Silence

If you want a quiet, peaceful means of getting up in the morning, try this silent alarm clock. It’s a bracelet that wakes you up by sending vibrations through your arm.

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15. Wake to Sweet Vibrations

If nothing else seems to work, wake to your vibrator with a Wake-Up Vibe alarm clock (for women).

Featured photo credit: lauren rushing via flickr.com

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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