The Snooze Button
“Hey Siri, can you set the alarm at 06:00 AM?” I ask. “The alarm is set at 06:00 AM,” Siri replies, her voice polite and reassuring. I know that I should be getting up at 06:30 AM, but I set my alarm for 06:00 AM instead. It gives me some time to wake up, stretch my hands, and reach for the alarm. Then, I hit snooze. It's 06:10 AM. And so it goes until I finally force myself to get up at 06:30 AM.
Let's face it: we've all fallen in love with the snooze button. It's so tempting to put off action until just a bit later. And then a little better. But the truth is, hitting snooze does nothing but give us a false sense of comfort. We don't really sleep in those 10-minute intervals, nor have we put our time into being productive. We've simply deferred our duties until the last possible moment.
But why do we keep hitting the snooze button? For many of us, it's a habit that we've developed over time. We're used to putting things off until the last minute, and hitting snooze is just another way of procrastinating. It's our brain's way of avoiding the discomfort of getting up and starting our day.
The truth is, procrastination can have negative consequences. When we put things off, we're more likely to feel stressed, overwhelmed, and anxious. We may miss deadlines or fail to complete tasks to the best of our ability. By hitting the snooze button, we're setting ourselves up for a day of procrastination and unproductivity.
But why do we procrastinate? There are many reasons, but one of the biggest is fear. We're afraid of failure, of not being good enough, of making mistakes. So we put off the task in order to avoid those negative emotions. Unfortunately, this only makes things worse in the end. So, how can we overcome procrastination and resist the temptation of the snooze button? The first step is to acknowledge that we're doing it. We need to be honest with ourselves about our habits and motivations. From there, we can start to work on developing better habits and routines that support our goals.
Remember, we're all human and we all struggle with procrastination from time to time. But by being kind to ourselves, acknowledging our challenges, and taking small steps toward our goals, we can break free from the cycle of procrastination and start achieving our dreams.