I have an awful habit of hitting the snooze button. I usually snooze my alarm three or four times before I actually get out of bed. No matter how determined I am the night before to wake up on time, I lack any willpower to do so the next morning. Instead, I sleep in whenever I have the chance. While sleep is certainly important and always been a priority of mine, it probably isn’t the most productive for me to be watching YouTube videos and scrolling social media until 1am and rolling out of bed at 10:30 for class.
However, while I have never considered myself a morning person, I decided I wanted to become a morning workout person. Obviously, these two contradict, but I think I will be a much more healthier and productive person if I get in a routine of waking up “early” (as in 8 am lol) everyday to go to the gym before class. So Monday morning came, and my alarm went off at 8am. Boom. Immediate snooze. Then again at 8:10. Boom. Immediate snooze. Then at 8:20. Boom. I subconsciously turned off my alarm and before I knew it it was 9:30. Classic me.
Later that day, frustrated at my lack of motivation to get up in the morning, I did what any smart person would do: watch motivational videos on YouTube. They never really do anything, but it was worth a shot. And that is when I came across the 5-second rule by Mel Robbins. Did you know if you pick up your food from the floor in five seconds, not only is it safe to eat, but you can do ANYTHING!!! Just kidding, that is not what it is.
As a matter of fact, it is much stupider than that. Mel calls it stupid like twenty times herself. Basically, when you wake up to your alarm in the morning, you count DOWN in your head (or out loud I guess if you like talking to yourself like a crazy person like me) “5, 4, 3, 2, 1” and you GET THE FRICK UP! Ridiculous, right. What a sham of another video. But, hey, I’ve got nothing to lose. So I tried it the next morning.
And it worked. It really did. My alarm went off at 8am and I probably swore under my breath a couple times. My eyes were heavy. My body was limp. I forgot my amazing dream. But, I remembered Mel Robbins talking about how stupid her rule was and literally said to myself in a grumbly unpleasant tone “5..4..3..2..1”, stood up, walked to my bathroom, and started brushing my teeth staring at myself in the mirror wondering how the heck I was not in bed anymore. Then I got changed, worked out, and conquered the freaking world (or at least felt like it). Just like that.
Now, I’m not going to put on a 100% satisfaction guarantee on this rule. But, so far it has worked for me and now I pretty much have to keep it up since I am writing about it publicly. All I know for now is that it has really helped me and apparently millions of others according to good ol’ Mel. And it’s backed by science and psychology!!! My favorites!!! So, if you have trouble like me getting out of bed, or just doing things you know you should do but just can’t seem to, try it out! Let me know if it works for you or absolutely sucks and does nothing. I am super curious.