I’m a true believer that doing the little things extremely well over and over again is what leads to huge success. A great quote by Jacob Riis sums up what it takes to be successful “Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” Never underestimate the power of consistent, intentional effort.
I’m always looking for ways to do things better inside and outside of the gym. Studying the habits and personality traits of highly successful people is one of my favorite hobbies. I’ve learned a lot about what makes successful people tick and there is always one trait that continues to stand out in my mind – waking up early and starting your day with productive tasks. That means, getting up and focusing on tasks that will improve your life and move you closer towards your goals. I’m talking about things as simple as getting up early enough so you have enough time to make a healthy breakfast or get in a quick workout. This can be challenging for a lot of people since we have so many distractions in our lives like social media, television, and just day to day chores that tire us out. However, I’m a firm believer that there are two paths in life – one that is filled with excuses and one that paves the way to results and kicking ass in life! I, for one, am all about results and getting shit done so I’m game for anything that points me in that direction.
If you want to increase your productivity and take control of your life there are many things you can do but if you want to get the ball rolling you can start by dropping this one bad habit:
STOP HITTING THE SNOOZE BUTTON!!
If you thought you were doing yourself a favor by trying to catch a few extra z’s, you’re dead wrong. Literally, it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee!
There are 2 key reasons why the snooze button is killing your mojo and zest to get shit done. The first reason is physiological and the second is psychological. Let’s take a look at the physiological first.
Physiologial reasons not to hit the snooze button: When you’re sleeping, your body alternates between light sleep and deep (REM) sleep during the sleep cycle. As your body is preparing to wake up it enters a light cycle which is usually interrupted by your alarm clock. It’s this interruption that can lead to grogginess, grumpiness, or a completely bitchy attitude that some of you wake up with. Hitting snooze to get a few more minutes sleep won’t actually help you feel better because the extra sleep is taking place during your light sleep cycle which is less restful than REM sleep. In a nutshell, you will feel equally if not more tired if you hit snooze due to the low quality sleep that occurs during that time.
Psychological reason why we hit the snooze button: Now I’m going to be speaking from personal experiences and observations I’ve made over the years that explain why people are so quick to snooze.
Procrastination – many of us live lives that are unhappy and unfulfilling for various reasons. Maybe you hate your job, you never get to see your family, or you simply never get a chance to go out and have any fun. Whatever the case may be, you hit snooze to delay starting your dreaded day ahead.
If you find yourself procrastinating you need to start asking yourself some hard questions and find out what YOU can do to make your life better. That’s right, it’s up to you get in the driver’s seat and go where you want.
- Do I like my career?
- Where do I see myself in 5 years? 10 years?
- I am happy with my state of health/fitness?
- 20 years from now when I look back at my life, will I be satisfied with everything I achieved or will I have regrets?
These are just a few questions you should ask yourself and BE HONEST! You’re not doing anyone any favors by lying to yourself. Once you’ve answered these questions, you need to set some goals and make an action plan to start taking steps toward living the life that you want.
After you’ve set your goals and made your action plan you need to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. You can either go to bed a little earlier or set your alarm to go off a little later so you can increase the quantity and QUALITY of your sleep. Either way, no more snoozing. Consider this the first strike against the stone. Every successful day that follows will eventually lead to splitting that stone in half. Remember, you’re in the driver’s seat, it’s up to you where you want to go.
Do you hit the snooze button and if so, what do you think is the source of your procrastination? Drop a comment below!