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Sleeper Hit

I overslept today. Really overslept. So much so that I missed an 11 o'clock meeting -- and a colleague called me at home to make sure I was OK. And I have no excuse. When setting my alarm last night, I set it on AM radio instead of the CD player, so I woke up "naturally" to gentle static rather than my Buddy Holly CD. Had it not been overcast, I would have woken with the sun, but as it is, I've been running late all day.

Our daily morning rituals are a major part of our work experience -- and life. Do you wake up at the same time every day? Do you eat the same thing for breakfast? Do you read the paper? Brew coffee? Pack your lunch the night before?

And what do you do on those rare occasions on which you oversleep? Do you try to come up with an excuse?

I've been poking around for better alarm clock and wake-up options. For $4.50 a month, you can sign up for WakeUpCalls, an automated service that will call you at home or on your cell phone. Alarm Clocks Online has been selling classic alarm clocks online since 1996. The Soleil Sun Alarm Clock features a light that gets brighter and brighter to wake you up gradually. And Howstuffworks explains how a wind-up alarm clock works.

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  • Levi Figueira

    I agree with all comments above! The morning definetly defines how smoothly the rest of your day will go! But here resides my biggest personal dilemma: I love to wake up in the morning, eat a calm breakfast while watching morning news on tv or reading a newspaper or even listening to one of those funny A.M. radio shows! But I have also noticed that it is at night (and I mean around 12am-4am) that all my creativity really gets productive!!

    Another thing with is that I can't recall anybody EVEN trying to wake me up (i.e. college)! I'm said to speak stating that I'm perfectly awake and everything, but I'm sound asleep! :S

    So... besides having to buy several alarm clocks (it's on my shopping list - haven't bought more (than my current 1) yet... don't know if I ever will!) I think I'll try to get one of those "alarm call" services: I always manage to be/stay awake if I (accidently) hear the phone ring and HAVE to answer it... - I'm able to stay awake after that!

    PS: sorry my english: i'm portuguese and it's 5:13am at this time - yes, one of those creativity-is-needed-before-tomorrow-mornign kind of nights! ;p

    cheers

  • Phil Reichert

    The issue of 'mornings' is always high on the list for personal coaching. If you can get your morning's starting smoothly then the rest of your day should run pretty efficiently. As Nick (above) said, it is very easy to throw your whole day out.

    The only way I can consistently get my morning routine sorted is to organise everything the night before and get a good nights sleep. Otherwise I am always fire-fighting.

  • Angelica

    How you start your day really impacts how you feel for the remainder of the day. I used always get up at 6:45am to be at work by 7:30am. I use to get up (without an alarm, I have a built-in alarm :) and rush to work. Recently, I changed my routine to add to my quality of life. I now get up at 7:00am feed my kids (4 cats), workout, shower, make breakfast for me & hubby and then calmly get ready for work. I am usually at work by 9:15am. This is so much better and I feel so energetic and in a very good mood throughout the day. If you can have any flexibility at all in your schedule, I encourage you to reconsider your morning routine (and priorities!).

  • nick

    Get yourself a 5 month old. lol
    Generally my 5 month old wakes up about 40 minutes before my alarm is set to go off. It generally gets me moving out of bed pretty quick.

    morning routines are interesting things, aren't they? Something you do every day can get thrown completely out of whack by the smallest things sometimes.