Tools I Use: Alarms

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Many people have the challenge of waking up in the morning. They often only have one alarm. With a single alarm noise. Many of us get used to our alarm and eventually ignore the sound it makes.

Some alarms have a snooze button.

Don’t use just one alarm. You can have unlimited alarms at any time using your mobile phone.

Here is how to do this:

  1. Sleep enough hours for the next day: 3 to 9 hours at a time. Don’t stay up for the sake of staying up. That is useless.
  2. Leave your mobile phone in the room you sleep in. Set the phone on airplane mode. Not necessarily at arms reach. You know why. Hint: Don’t use the snooze button.
  3. Add ALL the times you need to awaken on your alarm and leave all of them on the phone for as long as you own the phone. So add an alarm for 5:00AM, 5:15AM, 5:30AM , 5:45AM, 6:00AM, 6:15AM, etc. Keep adding times all the way from the earliest to the latest you need to awaken. Even if you take naps in the afternoon or early evening. Some people much older than I use naps strategically during the day to stay on top of things, often after meals or in the late afternoon.
  4. Add a different sound or chime that will awaken you. Not all noises will be invigorating enough, but alternating the sound for every alarm within the hour is key. Use a different noise for 6 AM, 6:15 AM, 6:30 AM and 6:45 AM, but you could recycle those same sounds for 7 AM, 7:15 AM, 7:30 AM and 7:45 AM.
  5. Leave the alarm volume at the highest level before you go to sleep. The only time I don’t is when I am on a plane while traveling.
  6.  Plug in your phone to charge overnight whenever possible.
  7. Turn on only the times you need the day before. Usually 2 to 4 times ahead of the time I need to be up.
  8. If you have a morning routine, and you know what time you want to awaken on weekdays, just program those alarm times for those days.


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