Friday, January 29, 2016

A Quick Hack to Start the Day… and the New Year!

So here’s the thing… I could provide a long scripted intro to a great life hack I discovered, or I could get right to it. I’m getting right to it.

I use my cell phone as my alarm clock. It works great except that I realized I was getting annoyed by the ringtone. I changed it, but realized it had nothing to do with the ringtone. The problem was that I wanted to start my day in a positive way as soon as I was aware enough to realize that I’d been gifted with another day on this planet. I didn’t want to wake up to an “alarm”. I wanted to wake up motivated and inspired to get up and get going. Then my brain flashed and I remembered that my cell phone can record audio. I checked, and sure enough, I could record audio and use it as a ringtone. Yippee!

I immediately recorded the positive statements I try to remember to repeat to myself every morning when I wake up, and set it as my ringtone. Now when I wake up in the morning, it’s my own voice speaking the thoughts I want to start the day with. When it goes off, I can’t help but smile to myself while my inner voice joins right in, speaking the words in harmony with the alarm. It’s amazing.

There are some great advantages to using a cell phone like this. You can:
  • Set multiple alarms with different scripts.
  • Use the snooze to keep repeating those precious inspirations that will bring your day to life. 
  • Change them when you’re dreams or immediate priorities shift. 
  • Wake up from your dreams hearing about how you are accomplishing your dreams. 

      If you share your cell phone alarm clock with a significant other, or you each have your own, is it so strange to think that your significant other would be bothered by hearing those statements too? Wouldn’t this be an easy reminder that the people we love and care about have their dreams too?

If you’re the parent of a child who has a cell phone, you could create a message for your child to wake up to—one that allows them to start the day hearing that they are loved and cherished, or that you’re proud of them, or whatever. They’d also have it on their phone so they could listen to it privately anytime they need to hear something reassuring or good about themselves. A lot of potential here. 

And while this can’t be considered a New Year’s resolution, it’s definitely a hack/habit I will be employing for the rest of my life. I’ve only been doing it for two weeks and already can’t imagine my life without it.

P.S. I hope you’ll share this post with your friends, co-workers, and followers. It’s easy and simple, and a truly empowering and inspiring action to take.