Why You Must Never Hit The Snooze Button

For most people the process of waking up and getting out of bed is the hardest workout they’ve ever undertaken.

The challenge of completing a heavy regimen of 7 repetitions (days) over 4 sets (weeks) of jumping out of bed when the alarm sounds, which they know is necessary to build the momentum on that dream they have, is just like getting a new-born baby to complete a one-arm pull up.

It seems impossible.

This daily struggle has led to many sleeping away their lives. They realise the struggle transferring over to their lives when awake: behind on projects, crises popping up right, left and centre etc.

As a result, we tell ourselves that we’ll wake up on time tomorrow, when we’re finally on our feet at 11 am, meanwhile, the alarm was set for a 6 am rise and shine.

*Next day come*… same thing happens, just a different day. The same old story told so many times that it may put some of us of from setting an alarm in the first place – why bother with the guilt?

We prefer to do a 12-hour shift in bed rather than doing one at work. To be fair, I don’t blame you if you feel this way; after all, many of us work in toxic environments which we then use as justification for a ‘fat lie-in’ on a Saturday morning.

But, guess what’s happening here?

That relationship with your bed is kind of like an inverse symbiotic relationship.

Your larger bed benefits by you keeping it warm for as long as you still lay in your bed, and you who thinks is benefiting, by sleeping more than you should, is getting energy and time sucked away from yourself.

You’re limiting the time and energy needed to develop yourself and improve your life. These limitations are the source of unearned entitlement, complaining, overdue bills and other kinds of disordered and destructive thinking and situations in many people’s lives.

This introduction should be enough to convince you never ever hit that snooze button again, but I know most of you may need more convincing.

You set that alarm so be accountable for it

Waking up on time and keeping to your decision to set your alarm to wake up at particular time, is the beginning of the process of taking responsibility for your day.

You had a reason to set that alarm so as a person of your word you should honour it.

Be one of the few people out there who wants and acts to take responsibility for their lives by understanding that time is of the essence and that URGENCY AND ACTION TRUMPS EVERYTHING (make this your creed).

We are all self-made, but only the successful will admit it. – Earl Nightingale

When you take responsibility for your own life then you can progress.

A small but powerful act of responsibility is rolling out of bed when the alarm sounds just like you would when a fire alarm goes off when you’re aware there’s a real fire.

Here, you don’t stop to delay and wait before making a move because you might get caught up in the fire.

In your daily life, if you don’t get out of bed on time you might find yourself caught up in the fire of stress and unnecessary pressure when you find out your day is about to run out.

If caught up, you may end up with the third-degree burns of regret for failure to do what you know you were supposed to do. These burns lead to permanent damage to a potentially meaningful life.

This may seem extreme but if you keep getting caught in these fires, by not waking up on time consistently, a time will come when it’s too late to heal and regret consumes you on your deathbed.

NONE OF US WANT THIS.

See waking up on time as the difference between making or breaking your life.

Hitting the snooze button means you’re delaying long-term satisfaction

Yeah, it may feel good getting those extra minutes of shut-eye or *cough* *cough* or extra few hours, but if you keep missing your workout, meal preparation, morning routines or pushing tasks you should have completed to the next day, then you’ll invite for yourself all whole load of problems.

If you have deadlines you’re unlikely to produce your best quality work; if you don’t exercise you’ll set yourself up for health problems that will negatively affect your quality of life; if you don’t get started on that business, you’ll end up in debt forever etc.

All of this will just mean you’ll be stressed, worried and will probably just continue choose to stay in dream land to escape the compounding problems which came about all because you hit that easy-to-reach and convenient snooze button the other day.

Oftentimes, present convenience leads to future inconvenience and hitting the snooze button is a perfect example. Choosing to hit that snooze button could mean letting yourself down big time.

DON’T LET THIS BE YOU.

Save time in the long run for things which are important to you

If you keep snoozing your alarm by 15 minutes, you’re losing a lot of time in the long-run. 15 minutes may feel like a short time in the moment, especially in sleep terms (it feels like 1 second), but over year it translates to 4 days – I’m sure many of you wanted four extra days for your holidays.

Every minute of your time is precious so make sure you get up on time and go for that run, go to the gym and pump that iron, write those ideas down, work on that project immediately.

Think of how much you can achieve in those 15 minutes compounded over time, you can’t afford to waste any time you don’t need to waste.

Life is too short so make sure that you stick to your plans and focus your energy and desire as much as possible on your plans instead of sleep.

The worst thing about the snooze button is that hitting it can make you even more tired, which will decrease your motivation to achieve anything throughout the day (this certainly has been the case for me). This saying certainly ring true: too much of anything is bad for you – even sleep.

Personally, I wish I didn’t have to sleep because during sleep you’re practising death, and we have plenty of time in future to be dead. Therefore, see wakefulness as a precious gift and make the most of it while your brain decides not to shut you down like a faulty computer. Being awake is not something to take for granted.

See sleep only for what it’s intended for: a time to recharge to prepare for the next day and not a time to ‘enjoy’ an escape from reality and your obligations – you can’t enjoy sleep, you’re unconscious.

Getting out of bed on time is exercising self-discipline

By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character. – Grenville Kleiser

If you can control your urges to fall back to sleep, that’s an achievement my friend since not hitting that snooze button is a perpetual challenge for most people.

If you can refrain from hitting the button, you’re developing a very strong form of self-discipline.

This is even more so when you can wake up on-time when you don’t have to answer to a boss as incentive to get out of bed. Getting out of bed on time is the HARD part – once you’re out your planned schedule is intact and you can build the momentum to complete your daily goals.

If anything, just don’t hit that snooze button to demonstrate to yourself you have the capability to be disciplined and this thought will carry you through your day.

Conclusion

I’m sure you’ve figured out the lesson here: SNOOZE, YOU LOSE.

Take your alarm clock seriously and that will be a great start for taking your life and your passions seriously. Only those who demonstrate self-discipline consistently find long-term fulfilment in life…

…so DON’T HIT that snooze button – it could be the beginning of holding yourself back for days, month, years or forever.

Get out of bed and do what you know you have to do to leave a legacy.

What are your snoozing habits? Comment below.

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