Shut it off, and immediately get up? Hit snooze once, twice, maybe more?
If you feel like hitting snooze, I can relate. This entry is prompted by a compelling desire I had this morning to hit the snooze. But I’m flying to Portland today to deliver a two-day seminar on “Habits of Highly Successful People.”
First, how ironic would it be if I hit snooze, given my topic?
Second, I promised myself a long time ago, I wouldn’t have the first act of a business day be procrastinating something (like getting up.)
Now let’s look into some surprising insights that hitting the snooze button may tell you about yourself.
1. Commitment phobic
You may have had grand visions for your morning. You’re going to get up early, go for a quick run, jot a card to a friend, or write down your goals.
But the alarm rings, and well, it’s so early, and you really are tired, so maybe just sleep a bit more, and that will make all the difference.
Do you get really excited about a goal only to abandon it quickly the minute it becomes a bit tough?
Exercising, nurturing relationships, and planning and carrying out success actions all take commitment.
There’s a Sanskrit word for someone who is eager to start a new venture, habit or goal, and then when it starts to get even a bit hard, they slink out the back door, abandoning the goal.
That Sanskrit word is “Arambhasura.” It means “hero in the beginning.” You imagine the benefits, glory, fanfare of accomplishing your goal, thinking of only the result, not the journey.
Ask yourself, is your goal important enough to you that you’d do the hard work? Even waking up a bit early to do one small action that would move you even just one step further?
2. Lack of internal motivation
I recently learned of a Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet that puts the roast duck in the back, near the kitchen, and right by the chef.
They do this because duck costs three times more than chicken. Apparently, some people hog the duck if it’s in the front of the buffet and the chef isn’t right there, and this greatly cuts into their profits.
The duck hoggers have no internal motivation to take a reasonable amount, and won’t do so unless they have external motivation like the chef’s watchful eye.
No one knows if you hit snooze, unless, you reset to the point where you’re late for work.
If you hit snooze, it will be your own little secret. No force outside of you is likely to chastise or punish you in any way because you didn’t follow through.
Ask yourself, when you’re planning what time you’ll get up, “WHY do I want to get up at that time? What’s MY OWN reason for doing so?”
As I mentioned before, I finally stopped hitting snooze when I realized “I don’t want to be the person who’s first act of the day is procrastination.”
Find your WHY. Commit.
3. No plan
Your snooze habit could be based on the fact that you don’t have a plan.
What are you going to do with that extra time, anyway?
I always say, time is like money in two ways:
First: If you don’t use it well now, having more won’t help you.
Second: No amount is enough if you don’t know how you’ll spend it.
What’s your plan?
Is it so inspiring you cannot NOT get out of bed at the first alarm? If not, could you change your plan so it does reflect values so compelling that you are drawn to them?
Stop the internal debate: to snooze or not to snooze. Pick a goal that moves you, and have a clear plan for how you start your day.
4. Macro-view of time
You’d think a big picture view of time is good. And it certainly can be.
In fact, in support of the big picture perspective, Dr. Edward Banfield, who studied what distinguishes people who become financially successful, found that long-time perspective was the single most important factor in whether people become upwardly mobile.
People who consider how their choices today impact their distant future selves and act in harmony with their goals are much more likely to achieve financial success.
The distinction is, while you want to think into the future, your actions need to happen right now. In the next eight to 10 minutes, will you be snoozing, or getting up and getting a small action done that supports your long-term goals?
Think macro, act micro.
Have a big, long-term goal in mind and use those windows of opportunity, no matter how small, to move yourself forward.
5. Too flexible
Flexibility is good, yes?
Yes. Until it’s not.
Sure, there are people who are so rigid in planning their time that even the unexpected opportunity will be overlooked or dismissed.
Flexibility is vital to being successful while living in the real world that doesn’t always go the way you planned.
I’d never suggest you NEVER hit snooze. I’m sure you have some genuinely good reasons when those few extra moments really do make a difference in how the quality of your day will unfold.
The key is to be true to your own integrity. Are you being too flexible? Hitting snooze too often, with no real reason other than you’re not doing what you need to do to get to bed in time to get a good night sleep?
Don’t hog the duck
Are you hogging the duck because no one’s looking? Or is your choice legit and in keeping with your own integrity?
Only you know, and you’re the only one you have to answer to in this moment.
Make a choice you’ll be proud of in the light of day.
My snooze gives me nine extra minutes. Just nine.
How about yours? Is it seven, or eight or 10? What could you do with those minutes?