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seakiss 11 months ago

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redbackpack 12 months ago


I have to remember every day how much I love getting up and finding everything ready and wating for me, especially breakfast on the table. I never do this because I’m lazy. 11 months ago

redbackpackI can do it

I failed just for one day in the past three weeks. I had to get up very early and came back to my back without even realising it. I almost missed the train. Today I immediately got up and i needed just ten minutes to feel completaly awake. I’m changing my habits, I’m changing my life. 11 months ago

redbackpacksecond week

today I completed my first two successful weeks. I got up as soon as I heard the alarm clock, even though I was pretty tired because I went to bed very late. I usually feel tired in the afternoon, sometimes I fall asleep while I’m trying to study. I have to go to bed erlier. 11 months ago


I succeeded today only to find that my card key wouldn’t open the gym door. GRRRRRR oh well that is what workout dvd’s are for. 15 months ago

Richard 7 years ago


I have completely fell off the bandwagon with this goal. It is BAD! I am going to start fresh tomorrow. I have 47 days left until I move and I would like to have a routine down before then. 17 months ago


So far I have been successful with this 4/6 times. I think if I keep it up I will finally have a regular wake up routine and time.

It works best if I am genuinely excited for my morning workout. So my nightly goal is to amp myself up to master something during my morning workout. 18 months ago

christie_90 19 months ago

christie_90Not much difference

All last week I put this into action and found that I could quite easily get up as soon as my alarm went off, just like I used to.

As getting up either on time or 10 minutes later doesnt affect my day at all as I get up way earlier than I need to to leae for work, I think I will just see how I feel on the day as to wheteher I get up instantly or stay in bed a bit longer. However its good to know that I still have the ability to jump out of bed within 10 seconds of my alarm going off. 19 months ago

christie_90How things have changed

I always without fail used to jump straight out of bed as soon as my alarm went off. I was the person who mocked those that had to hit snooze a hundred times. Since Ive graduated university and joined the world of the working, things have changed.

The time on my clock is like 30 minutes ahead and I tend to always wake up just before my alarm goes off because I panic about overlaying, due to the fact I am still tired and don’t want to get up in like 3 minutes, I set it 10 minutes ahead and get up then. This has developed into a bad habit even though it doesnt make me late or anything.

So I either need to get up when my alarm goes off, or bring my alarm time forward so I do end up getting up the original alarm time. We shall see which method works best. 19 months ago

Heart BeatOh dear

It’s worse than ever.

It’s like my body just REFUSES.

Oh to live in a world without clocks! To awaken when it is natural and not in line with an arbitrary schedule. Life would be so grand! :P 19 months ago

anaisjanelourdes 19 months ago

makeyourself23 20 months ago

mkhmw 23 months ago

daisy_butterflyWhy is this so hard?!

This morning I snoozed my alarm for 55 minutes… it did not matter to me that I had work, or wouldn’t have time for breakfast or had a list of things that I needed to get done… each 5 minute snooze seemed more important than anything else I had to do today.

So… obviously this needs to change! Ideally I need to be up at 6am Mon-Sat and sometimes also on Sunday depending on shifts.

Maybe if I had a bedside light that I could turn on when my alarm goes off it would help me wake up? Well that can be attempt number 1.

Tomorrow I will buy a bedside light! 2 years ago

daisy_butterfly 2 years ago

smileystarletthis will not be a struggle by the end of the year, life's too short

still struggling to do this. but i find it helps when i really want to do the things planned that day – say go to work or a planned meeting i can do it. maybe the trick is to always pre-plan what you’ll do the following morning, and make it good. I hope i’m right!

(3 years on and the word ‘struggle’ is still the first that comes to mind…) 2 years ago

amania 3 years ago

Heart BeatI am seriously doing better with this,

but am not 100%.

It really helps when I STOP worrying about being late. It’s like I can relax and just BE. Then I can wake up & not feel PRESSURE.

I’m also trying to focus on the positives of the day, to feel a motivation to get out bed. 2 years ago

Jenni Elsmore 2 years ago

amygeorge92 2 years ago

Chococyn 2 years ago

natasjalavini've got a new system that works pretty well...

when my mom gets ready to leave for work (around 7-7:30) she lets bear in my room and leaves the door open. i have no choice but to get up because he will jump on me and run and steal my socks and that sort of thing… then i take him for a walk (bonus! bear gets his daily walk), get ready and go to work. it’s so easy to wake up when you have super cute doggie that’s really excited to see you, especially cuz if you leave him alone he’ll run off with your underwear and tear them up… 2 years ago

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