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
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.
3. Get the SnūzNLūz alarm clock
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
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
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.
6. Actually jump out of bed
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
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