No Snooze Challenge – Update 1 + Infographic
We are 2 weeks through the No Snooze Challenge, the first attempt to acquire new good habits. Here is the first update.
This challenge was as difficult as I expected it – that’s why I am holding it, right? If that was easy, well I wouldn’t have shared anything here. As anticipated in my blog post on The Lifestyle facts blog, the pattern is usually the same: I’m very motivated in the evenings when I set up my alarm clock, thinking that this time I’m gonna wake up on time; but when the alarm rings, that’s a very different story and I completely forget about how waking up early can make my day better and happier.
Out of 15 mornings, I woke up on the first attempt 10 times (which is much better than my usual rate). The 5 other times, I either hit the snooze button and postponed the alarm or decided to sleep in. Saturdays and Sundays have been the most unsuccessful days so far – it’s the weekend and I had no reasons whatsoever to wake up. Even though I would put my alarm late enough (7 hours after going to sleep), it seems I really needed to get some sleeping time back.
The lessons learned so far are the following:
- I need to jump in the shower straight after waking up – otherwise I’ll just be a zombie having cereals for breakfast, or even worse, I’ll go back to bed after 5 minutes.
- In the weekends it really gets much more difficult to wake up at a fixed time – even when I allow myself enough sleep time (7 hours). Maybe it’s time to experiment larger sleep times for the weekends (8 or 9 hours).
- I definitely need more sleep – yesterday night I went to bed at 1am and when the alarm rang this morning at 7am, I had such a hard time waking up… I finally did it, thinking about the challenge and my chain on http://chains.cc, but that was hard. Having enough sleep is definitely the best way to wake up early and fresh in the morning.
- Being accountable helps: I am sharing this challenge with Lifeologist from The Lifestyle Facts blog, some of my friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook are as motivated as I am to avoid hitting the Snooze button and finally, I made my No Snooze chain publicly available on https://chains.cc/chains/FTXUfCUQ7lcmNbLGUbJw/share.
What about you? Which tricks worked and which didn’t ? How long was your largest chain? If you know anybody that would find interest in such a challenge, please share this post with them.
And stay tuned for the next update on this challenge or for the next good habits I am going to build.