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Posted on 8th Aug 2012 at 10:46 PM from Warwick

I have never been a morning person. Even when I was at primary school I was aware that school work was much more difficult before lunch than it was in the afternoon. Plus I was always sent to bed with a feeling that there really should be more of the day still to come.

Throughout my working life I have always struggled with mornings and taken all sorts of steps to help me cope. For example putting a coffee maker on a timer so a cuppa is waiting as soon as I get up. But the morning commute was always a major hassle for me - avoiding this stressful experience was one of my main motivations for becoming self employed.

Recently I've been looking at all aspects of my life and trying to identify things that are stopping me or slowing me down in realising my goals and my dreams. And mornings top this list!

Not having an alarm clock is important to me and I certainly don't want to go back to getting up artificially early. But my problem is different to that - all too often I wake up naturally and stay in bed thinking I'll get up in 10 minutes, then another 10 minutes and so on. Sometimes the result is me still being in bed into the afternoon and I get up frustrated and annoyed with myself for wasting so much time achieving nothing......now if I had been sleeping because my body needed it that would be different but just laying there is not acceptable to me.

So I am now on a mission to change my behaviour. I've started by making getting up on time my number one short term goal and will make sure I do something, no matter how small, to take me closer to that goal every day. I've started by being very clear what I want to achieve.

I want to wake up naturally without an alarm. Within reason the time doesn't matter but once awake I want to be out of bed within 15 minutes or so and then get on with my Daily Routine. I never want to be starting my day after 10am so have set a 9:30am alarm in case I haven't naturally woken by then.

No doubt further posts will happen with details of what I've learned, what I'm trying and how I am getting on.......

The Magic of 3 Weeks.

Most people have a few bad habits that don't always serve them or help them achieve and everyone knows how difficult it is to change.

Ian has outlined a simple and effective way to replace bad habits with good success habits which will help those that follow it achieve their goals.

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