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Not Sure Whether You Can Wake Up in the Morning Every Day? Read This

Not Sure Whether You Can Wake Up in the Morning Every Day? Read This

Waking up early is a habit many of us dream of mastering one day. Problem is, we’re never willing to make that habit a reality when our alarm clock sounds like a banshee’s cry. There are many methods to waking up early, but many of them aren’t reliable—for instance, trusting your friends/family to wake you, or setting alarm after alarm. So what more can you do if you don’t want to rely on others to wake you? If you’re going to win the battle against the snooze button, it’s time to try some more unconventional ways of waking up:

1. Place your alarm on the opposite side of the room

This is by far the best method of waking up early. When you hear your alarm sound on the other side of the room, you’re forced to get up and turn it off. From that point on, it requires willpower to stay awake. Once you shut off your alarm, make it a habit to not rationalize heading back under the covers. Instead, head to the kitchen and drink a full glass of water. The water will hopefully snap you back into reality.

2. Buy an app for your phone

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    Still can’t wake up early? Well, fortunately for you, there’s an app for that! There are many apps that require interactivity to shut off the alarm. For instance, there’s FreakyAlarm, which won’t shut off the alarm unless you solve complex math problems. There’s also SpinMe, an app that requires you to get up, hold the phone flat, and spin around in order to turn off.

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    3. Get the SnūzNLūz alarm clock

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      This special alarm clock adds a whole new dimension to the phrase, “you snooze, you lose.” It operates on the basis of pure hatred by donating your real money to a non-profit you hate each time you press the snooze button. It’s also simple and safe to use. Just enter in a specified donation amount for each time you hit the button, connect it to your bank via wi-fi, and find your most hated organization to profit from your defeat.

      4. Put money in a communal jar

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        Live with roommates? Make waking up early a game with them by putting a specific amount of money in a communal jar each time you wake up late. Then make sure your roommates don’t do anything fun with the money, or it could reinforce the behavior. Instead, put it toward the utilities bill, or have it benefit everyone else but you.

        5. Shine a light on the problem

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          Light is your best friend when it comes to waking up early. Most of us struggle with waking up because we can’t keep our eyes open in the dark. So find a way to turn on the lights as fast as possible as your alarm rings. Either have the light switch right by your bed, or get an alarm clock that gradually wakes you up with light.

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          6. Actually jump out of bed

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            A quick physical action can jolt your senses awake. So train yourself to jump out of bed with enthusiasm each time you hear the alarm. It’ll be hard at first, but make a habit of it by practicing the action during the day. Set an alarm during the day, and jump out of bed (or your chair, or wherever you might be at that time) when you hear it. Practicing the action will help you be prepared when you actually need to wake up.

            7. Make your morning goals visible as you wake up

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              When your brain is foggy and trying to lure you back to sleep, it helps to be reminded why you’re going through this pain in the first place. Either stick Post-It notes by your bedside, or have a large poster with your morning goals written on it to remind you. You can also create clever visible reminders of your achievements in waking early. For instance, you can track your days of waking early with an “8 days without incident” sort of sign. Having visual reminders helps with motivation in the morning.

              Waking early is a challenge. But fortunately, after enough small wins, the action will become a habit. Hold onto that silver lining as you battle your alarm clock with these unconventional yet helpful methods.

              Featured photo credit: our assignment was to show how we are in the morning…/Jess J via flickr.com

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              Last Updated on August 19, 2019

              How to Succeed in Life on Your Own Terms: 7 Essential Steps

              How to Succeed in Life on Your Own Terms: 7 Essential Steps

              There is a great deal of advice in the world telling us how to succeed in life, but often we are given advice that isn’t tailored to our needs, desires and priorities. Success means different things to each of us, and living a life that feels genuinely successful to me might be very different to your idea of a successful life.

              Naturally, when we follow the advice of someone else, which is tailored to their life goals and personality, we can end up with something that doesn’t deliver on the promise. We don’t get rewarded with our vision of success: we get theirs.

              This is why I’m a proponent of self-discovery, introspection and personal sovereignty. So how to succeed on your own terms?

              These 7 essential steps are not going to tell you exactly what to do, but they will provide you with the tools and the questions to ask so that you can discover your own path, so you know how to succeed in life on your own terms.

              1. Know Thyself

              One of Socrates’ most well-known quotes is,

              An unexamined life is not worth living.

              I argue that an unexamined life is not a successful one. Self-knowledge is something we could dedicate our lives to, but I’m not suggesting you sit around and navel-gaze in order to find happiness and meaning.

              Thankfully, there are people who have created techniques and systems that less us fast-forward through a lot of personal philosophizing, and quickly identify some key aspects of what makes us, us.

              You might want to find out what your ideal daily schedule is,[1] and you can take tests that reveal just that. Or you might want to figure out what you need to get things done – and yes, there’s a quiz for that too.

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              None of these tests are infallible, and some are more scientific than others, but the process of asking yourself questions about your behaviors and traits is invaluable when it comes to determining your path to succeed in life.

              For example, if you know you are an introvert and are unhappy in your current workplace, it might be worth considering why that is (an open plan office space perhaps) and what you would prefer.

              It’s these little questions that will provoke answers in you that can guide the decisions that truly improve your life now and in the future.

              2. Figure out What Matters to You

              What lights you up? This is a question that often gets forgotten as we age. A fortunate child will be given the stimulation they desire in the form of bright toys, affection and entertainment. Little by little, the things that bring a child joy get replaced by what society demands on their behalf.

              When we return to that question, and ask ourselves what really matters and what brings us joy, we can move closer towards a successful life. It can help to think back to your childhood, and the times in your life when you were in what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls a flow state.[2]

              In a state of flow, time slows and our focus is directed like a laser. We are fully present.

              Whilst not everything in life that matters to you will conjure up a flow state, it’s a good indication of the kind of activities and experiences you can try to incorporate into your life on a regular basis.

              A successful life is made up of moments like this, and when you know what matters to you and brings you a sense of joy and purpose, you can go about creating more of that.

              3. Play to Your Strengths

              Why spend your time only on mitigating your weaknesses, only to feel average? Instead, playing to your strengths and amplifying those skills and qualities you already have will help you go from average to extraordinary.

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              If you’re great at big picture thinking and love dreaming up new ideas, but often lack attention to detail, acknowledge that. Then instead of trying to improve your analytical skills, focus instead on developing your existing skills of imagination and insight. When you need someone with a keen eye for detail, you can collaborate with those people.

              Jackson Pollock was an extreme introvert, with no real desire to get his artwork in front of people. Fortunately, he had Clement Greenberg, who was much further towards the extrovert end of the spectrum, to popularize his work and get Pollock the publicity he needed.[3]

              Start by identifying your strengths and what comes naturally to you. Then work on developing those and becoming known for those strengths. You can always find someone who will help you in fill in the gaps.

              4. Listen to Yourself

              It isn’t always clear to us that we’re on a path that leads us to failure or to success. People can spends decades in a job that is unfulfilling and slowly breaking their spirit, without even realizing it – until it’s too late. This is usually because they haven’t learned how to truly listen to themselves.

              The challenge we face is that we’re listening to so many other sources of information; whether it’s the news, television, social media, family, friends or colleagues. Many may want to help, but that doesn’t mean they know what’s best for us. Only you know what success means for you, and working this out begins with listening to yourself.

              Listening to yourself requires practice. It’s a daily effort, which over time, does get easier. That inner voice of wisdom will get clearer, and the decisions you make will feel more convincing.

              To start, you could try to set aside 10 to 15 minutes when you first wake up, in silence. Rather than look at your phone, checking emails or social media, simply sit in silence, listening.

              Ask yourself a simple question like, what am I feeling right now, in this moment? Notice the answer that bubbles up, without getting lost in the story. Starting an inner dialogue, without judgment is one of the key tools you can use to start making better decisions in your life.

              Learn more about listening to your true self in this guide: How to Listen to Your Inner Voice for Greater Fulfillment

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              5. Listen to Others (But Not Everyone)

              Listening to yourself is one thing, but listening to others is crucial in order to learn, empathize and be of benefit to your community.

              Truly listening to others is not just waiting patiently until it’s your turn to speak. Active listening requires focused attention, and the intention to understand where the other person is coming from.

              When you do this, you can ask better questions and discover more about the world and everyone in it, as well as learn how to interact with others in order to succeed in life on your own terms.

              However, this doesn’t mean you have to listen to everyone you come across. Trolls on the internet may come into the category of people not to listen to. Some people’s opinions will do more harm than good, as not everyone has your best interest in mind.

              It’s worth identifying a shortlist of people whose opinions you will listen to. Brené Brown, author of the New York Times best-seller Daring Greatly, recommends taking a 1-inch x 1-inch square of paper and make a list of people whose opinions matter to you. These are the people who love you and will genuinely support and help you. According to Brown,

              “If you need more paper, you need to edit.”

              6. Make Time for Reflection

              It’s easy to go through life without taking inventory of what you’re actually accomplishing. Missing this crucial step means we end up jumping from one goal to the next, without feeling like we’re getting anywhere.

              Make time, ideally each day to reflect. You might keep a paper journal, or an online document. Either way, jot down:

              • What went well today
              • Something you’re grateful for
              • What would make tomorrow even better

              Doing this can have measurable benefits to our overall sense of well-being, as well as keeping us focused for more success in the future.[4]

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              It also helps combat feelings of lack and doubt, that arise when we compare ourselves to others. When we look at someone who appears to be more successful than us in an area of life, we can forget how far we’ve come and how much we have to be grateful for.

              Making time to reflect on what you have accomplished is critical to keep you on track, and just not looking at what others are doing.

              7. Don’t Be Afraid to Change Your Mind

              Arguably the most important step of all:

              Remember that there’s nothing wrong in changing your mind and correcting course.

              The path to a successful life is not straight and narrow. It meanders and there’s no harm in going back and picking a different (and better) route.

              “I think our life is a journey, and we make mistakes, and it’s how we learn from those mistakes and rebound from those mistakes that sets us on the path that we’re meant to be on.” — Jay Ellis

              Be willing to make mistakes, learn from them and change your mind. Ultimately, there’s no better way to succeed in life on your own terms.

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