Stop Doing This One Thing to be More Successful

There is one thing many people do on a daily basis that slows or stops them from being successful. This seeming small action makes room for huge setbacks and failures. It also gives a false sense of hope that only disappoints in the end. Lastly, it has been a huge part of my life, and I’m finally saying goodbye because it’s holding me back in many areas. So what is this success killer I speak of? SNOOZE!

Stop Hitting Snooze!

Have you ever hit snooze so many times you sleep hours longer than you should? I have and the snooze button has been a huge part of my procrastination and contributed some failures. It should probably be called the procrastination button because you literally put everything on hold to get a few more minutes of sleep. Studies from leading sleep experts have proven the snooze button actually does more harm than it does good. Check out this small excerpt from an article I found:

"Why this can feel so good: Your body has several mechanisms to prepare you to wake up and get moving. One of these is turning up your core temperature, which makes you feel more alert and less sleepy. This starts about two hours before the body feels ready to wake up, says Rafael Pelayo, MD, a sleep specialist at the Stanford University Sleep Medicine Center. If you’re not getting enough sleep, your alarm clock is going off while your temp is still in the deep-sleep range. The air in your bedroom feels punishingly cold; your bed feels cozier than ever.” (Click here for full article)

Do yourself a favor and immediately stop hitting the snooze button. Here are some things you can do to help break the addiction of the “procrastination” button:

  • Go to bed 15 to 30 minutes earlier
  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
  • Get an alarm clock that does not have a snooze button
  • Set one alarm and get up right away
  • Place your alarm clock so you have to walk to turn it off

Be More Successful!

Think of the things you can do with an additional 5 to 30 minutes every day (Over 30 hours a year). You could:

  • Pray
  • Read God’s Word
  • Meditate
  • Eat a real breakfast
  • Not rush to get out of the door
  • Not speed to work
  • Do a family devotional
  • Have a meaningful conversation with your spouse

And the list can go on and on.

Practical Application

Don’t allow the so-called convenience of hitting a button have precious time stolen from you. Use the time you have now wisely, so when the day comes and your time on this earth is halted you can say, “I was a great steward with the time God alotted!”

"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17