Tip #5: Set an Alarm for Bedtime

Without accountability, I go to bed way too late.

While I am certainly guilty of staying up late watching the premier of Downton Abbey (It was SO GOOD!), playing Ruzzle, or wasting time on Facebook, most of my late nights happen because I truly do not realize how late it is!

As a project-lover, I get engrossed in what I am working on and completely lose track of time.

I don’t even remember how or when this idea sparked, but one day I had an “aha!” moment. Why not set an alarm for bed time?!

(Yes, I have to set an alarm to pick up my daughter from preschool…I have time awareness issues!)

My evening alarm is a reminder for me to start wrapping up whatever I am working on, and start getting ready for bed. If I take its heed I can be in bed by 10:30PM, which gives me over 7 hours before my alarm goes off at 6AM.

Instead of waiting for the next HelloMornings challenge, go ahead and try this tip out now in preparation for getting up earlier. Keep your morning alarm the same if you like. Just start the habit of your new, earlier bedtime.

Go ahead and take a moment now and decide what time you want to go to bed tonight. Figure out how long it takes you to get ready for bed, and set your evening alarm accordingly. Once you’ve figured it out, share with us what time your alarm will go off and when you will say “goodnight” to the day.


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