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The Journey Of Jesse - I am who I am and that doesn't change! –...

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Punctually awake without an alarm clock

The alarm clock is ringing. I am startled. If the alarm clock wasn't on the other side of the room, and if it weren't so incredibly annoying, I would just go back to sleep. I torture myself out of bed, turn off the alarm clock and go back to bed. I grab my phone to keep myself awake.

I've tried a lot to optimize my sleep so that I'm in top shape and full of energy in the morning. I have bought apps that track my sleep phases and wake me up in a waking sleep phase within a set time window. I tried to go to bed very early. I've tried power naps. I put my alarm clock on the other side of the room so that I had to start moving when the doorbell rings. Nothing really worked.

Then, two weeks ago, I chopped with my cousin. My cousin is a very balanced guy who doesn't let anything stress and disturb him. When we talked about sleep at one point, he told me that he just lives the way he feels and goes to bed when he feels like it and gets up when he wakes up. Sounds great. Sounds stress-free. Sounds free. Sounds like a weekend or like a vacation. For people who have to work or have to study, it is only then possible. I'm lucky that I don't have to start work until 10 a.m. and therefore have to be up by 9 a.m. at the latest. Nevertheless, I decided to implement this concept once. First of all, I have to say that I got up between 5 and 6 between March 2018 and June 2019 in order to have time to 'hustle'. I always put pressure on myself to be in bed as early as possible, around 9 or 10 p.m., so that I could get 7-8 hours of sleep. Every time the alarm went off, it was exactly as described at the beginning. I work a lot on the computer and was quickly unable to concentrate because of the bad sleep and my thoughts are switched from A to B all the time. (Even taking a cold shower did not help much in the long term. It wakes you up, but as soon as you sit down for a long time, tiredness predominates.)

Well, two weeks ago I decided not to set an alarm clock anymore. I have set my alarm clock for the latest time I have to get up (9:00 am). Instead of going to bed at 9 p.m., I chilled with my roommates until midnight. I fell asleep around 0:30. The first time I woke up at 6:30 am. A sleep phase lasts around 1.5 hours. So I had 4 phases of sleep behind me (and 5 are recommended per night). I knew I had 2.5 hours left and decided to go back to sleep. At 8 o'clock I woke up the next time. So I slept for exactly 1.5 hours (a sleep phase). I got up and was in top shape. All day long I felt absolutely no stress and worked at a super high level.

This is exactly the 'phenomenon' that I noticed for the rest of the week. Most of the time I go to bed at 0. At 6 am I woke up for the first time and at 7:30 am for the second time. Once I got up at 6 and 6 times at 7:30. In the second week I was able to find this repeatedly. It only happened once that I was woken up by the alarm clock and also in the night I woke up twice before, but didn't feel like getting up.

No more whole numbers: Since I started getting up without an alarm clock, my productivity, mood, motivation and energy level have skyrocketed. I am also much less stressful. I can recommend it to everyone to simply set the alarm clock to the latest time when you have to wake up in order to manage everything in the morning. Of course, you also have to go to bed in such a way that you have enough time to sleep (not 5 hours beforehand). I have no idea when you have to get up and what your day looks like and such, but if you have the opportunity and the desire to do this experiment, then I would highly recommend it to you

Your perfect morning

How about if you started the day full of energy and in a good mood every morning?

You wake up looking forward to the new day. You get out of bed wonderfully well rested and thanks to some habits you start to rock this day. You are full of energy and in a good mood. Come what may! Today is your day!

1. Make your bed

2. Drink 0.5l water!

3. Meditate for 10 minutes!

4. Write in your 5 minute journal!

5. Shower cold for at least 1 minute!

1. Make your bed

This gives you a sense of achievement as your first job!

2. Drink 0.5l of water!

Your body loses water (dehydrated) while you sleep. To get in top shape in the morning, you can drink half a liter of water to rehydrate.

3. Meditate for 10 minutes!

Before you let yourself be stressed by the day ahead, give yourself the opportunity to come down again and start the day calmly and balanced.

4. Write in your 5 minute journal!

What three things are you grateful for?

What three things would make your day great today?

Write down three affirmations.

5. Shower cold!

Cold showers have several positive effects on your body! In the morning it helps you to wake up enormously and to be in a good mood, as norepinephrine and beta-endorphins are released!

Every day you have the chance to make the most of your day! These 5 activities can help you win the morning!

Your decision

The alarm clock is ringing. Like every morning you wake up at the loud sound and switch it off. A new day has just started. Do you allow yourself another ten minutes of sleep or do you start it now? Do you check social media first, see what happened in the world while you slept, or do you open a window for fresh air and drink a large glass of water to keep you hydrated? You go to the bathroom and take a shower. Do you shower warm or do you shower cold to get an energy kick? What do you eat for breakfast? Do you eat frosties flakes, nougat bits, or do you mash a bowl of oatmeal with fruit and vegetables? Do you drink coffee or water Do you watch TV or do you listen to an audio book while having breakfast? You grab your bag for work and get on the bus, the car, the subway or something. How do you react to delays? Are you annoyed and complaining about the situation? Or are you happy that you can still hear your audio book a little longer? That you can still educate yourself a little? Are you annoyed or do you realize that you can't change anything and try to use the time productively? What do you do at work Are you surfing in the internet? Are you on Facebook? Or are you trying to work as effectively as possible? What do you do when you come home First chill or go to the gym? First Netflix or working on your goals? And what do you do when your friends call you? Do you stay strong and use the allotted time to work and then go to them? Or do you go? You can still work on your goals tomorrow, right? What do you do? Do you drink with them and have an evening with them? Or do you keep it within limits so that you are in top shape the next day? Do you go to bed while the TV is on or do you fall asleep thinking about a wonderful day? Every second you have 1000 possibilities to decide. All options are always open to you. Which do you choose?

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