Some people call it the greatest invention in the world. The snooze button offers a few more minutes of comfort immediately, so it is no wonder we are so tempted to press it a few times each morning. But what does pressing it really costs? It is time to investigate from a different perspective. The goal of this article is to present the thought process behind the decision of never pressing the snooze button ever again. Welcome to the no-snooze-zone.
I enjoy sleeping and I’m not afraid to admit it. I wake up to an alarm on my phone every morning. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean I get up as well. For months I was pressing the snooze button an average 5-10 times each morning. Sounds familiar? Recently this started to trouble me. I read a lot of articles on the benefits of getting up earlier, not to mention many content creators swear, that the morning is the most efficient time of the day to do your writing. This quote gave me the final push:
“Push that snooze button and you’ll end up working for someone who didn’t.” – Eric Thomas
I wanted to know how much time I wasted. I did some calculations and realised, that pressing the snooze button cost me 4-6 hours a week. Wow, knowing how much I already wasted just made my commitment even more serious. I knew I had to change this habit, so I decided to adjust my perspective. Here are two ideas that will help you look at the snooze button differently:
- The snooze button is not there to make your life better. It’s there to shove you deeper into your comfort zone.
- Press Snooze and you automatically fail.
Thinking differently about it is a good start but it is not enough, so I looked elsewhere to further improve my morning routine.
In coaching, there’s this idea, that the client already has the solution to his or her problems in her, they just don’t realise it yet. That is where the coach comes in and helps the client rediscover the solution. This made me think about previous occasions.
I remembered I have no trouble waking up when I had to go to work early for some special assignments. I slept well and during the day I had no problem staying focused or awake. Why did these special assignments work? Mainly for two reasons:
- These were special, one-time occasions. I only had to wake up only early once or twice and my system was fine with that. I got back to my lazy morning routine asap.
- A promise was made to my coworkers, that I’ll not be late, not to mention they were not able to start without me. I was held accountable for showing up on time.
From special to regular occasions
Since the human body loves routine so much, we can’t really rely on the one-time occasion to help us build a new habit. To build a habit or change a bad one, first, we have to understand how it works. I’m using the model presented in the excellent book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Here’s how a snoozer’s morning looked like:
Duhigg also discusses that you can’t really get rid of a bad habit. The next best thing is to replace the routine and the reward to more productive or healthier options. Here’s an example of how to adjust the previous habits to be more beneficial.
The hardest thing about this change is finding a routine that comes with a reward that is similar or better than the previous one. Find a good one and the habit will stick better. I can only recommend being creative with this. The reward doesn’t have to come naturally, for example having a cookie for getting up. Just make sure you go to sleep with this new routine in your head. Prepare your mind and body to get up according to the new routine.
The power of accountability
Both keeping or breaking a promise can have an impact on our lives. We often keep our promises so we gain or keep our social acceptance. A serious promise creates social pressure, but it is a good kind of pressure.
The situation is often different when we are making promises to ourselves. I often find myself breaking the promises I made for myself because I don’t feel the weight of the consequences. This is a flaw that I’m currently working on. Personal accountability is not for everyone but getting an accountability partner is a possible solution.
A person who we make the promise to and who holds us to our fulfilling it is called an accountability partner. Statistics show that people who have an accountability partner who they regularly report to have a mush higher chance of success. Find someone, who’ll hold you accountable for your new habit.
You may find accountability partners among your friends or relatives, who will check on you regularly. Use social media to look for volunteers. If you have trouble with this, you can always found accountability partners from all around the world. Reddit, forums, Facebook or LinkedIn groups are all good places to start with. I recommend using the mobile app called Wakie. It is a worldwide chat program and has accountability features where you can find people who will hold you to your promise.
Press the snooze button and you fail automatically. Form a new habit around this idea with replacing your routine and the power of accountability. Stop losing so much time each morning and spend whose extra hours living a happy and fulfilling life.
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About the authorGabor Hosszu is the founder and head article writer of Goals Infinite. Being passionate about personal development and helping others were the main reasons he launched this site. By trade Gabor is a mechanical engineer. His hobbies include being a chilli farmer, a video game nerd and a wannabe beer expert.