I used to be a morning person. It wasn’t just that I could stand the morning, but that I’d voluntarily get up early and go be productive. Sometimes that meant being at work by 7:30am for an eight hour shift. (So, yes, I had to.) But sometimes that meant getting up before my classes in college just to go to the gym or go for a run. I loved being up and awake and productive while the campus was still mostly quiet. And I really loved the feel of getting a jump on the day.
Even up until about six months ago, I was always in the office about a half an hour early, no problem.
But lately, I just can’t get out of bed.
It’s not a depression thing where I don’t want to get out of bed. And I don’t think it’s a pure exhaustion thing either. (At least, nothing more than the normal sleepiness.) I’m not going to bed too much later than I used to.
Just the other day I read an article that suggests that setting your alarm for later, and not hitting snooze is (not too surprisingly) more effective than setting it for earlier and snoozing for another half hour (or so). So that’s the next thing I’m trying. Today was the first test, with moderate to good results. But we’ll see how long it lasts.
Do you have any tried and true techniques for getting out of bed in the morning? A mantra? An incentive? Or just a sense of duty and will power stronger than mine that keeps you from hitting snooze?