Mind Games

I will start this post by admitting to you that what I’m about to share is a little bit crazy… as in I’m a little bit crazy.  But, if you know me, this is not news to you.  Yes, I’m a little bit crazy – aren’t we all?

Today’s craziness is all about getting up in the morning – and the mind games we play with ourselves around the dreaded alarm clock.

Let me ask you a few questions:

  • Do you set your clock to the ACTUAL time, or do you set it just a little bit fast?
  • Do you set your alarm early so that you can hit the snooze button a few times?

Now, it is confession time.

I do both.

How crazy is that?

Seriously crazy, I think.

But I’ve already admitted to you I’m a little nuts.

SuperMan is nuts, too.

Both clocks in our bedroom are set fast. Mine is about 20-30 minutes fast. His? I have no idea. I haven’t figured it out.

And while this seems a little crazy – I mean, if I KNOW the clock is set fast, then all I have to do is do a little math and I know what time it really is, right? I’m not fooling anyone…

or am I?

You see, the monkeys use my clock as a check as to whether or not it is really bedtime.  So, I get a little head-start this way.

But, it is nuts. I admit it.

Especially when you add in the fact that I set my alarm early so I can hit the snooze button a few times. It makes me feel like I am getting more sleep.  It’s probably terrible for me, but I do it anyway.


20-30 minutes fast on the clock setting + 20-30 minutes early on the alarm setting = too much math to do at 5AM when the alarm goes off. (or at least I THINK it’s 5AM)

So what do I do? I get up when I have hit the snooze 3 times. I know that it is roughly the right time to get up.  Some days, I get up earlier; some days I hit that snooze button just one more time (and usually regret it because then I have to rush)

Why do I play these mind games with myself?

I have no clue.

I’ve been doing it for so long I can’t even remember why I started in the first place. 

And I wonder if I quit would it totally mess me up and make me late? Who knows.

But tell me this… am I the only one who does this?

Come on, admit it… tell me you do, too.

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2 thoughts on “Mind Games

  1. My 17 year old son has a tough time waking up as well. He has 2 alarm clocks in his room and it still doesn’t guarantee he’ll get up in time for school. Even the dog will jump up on his bed and lick his face and he’ll still snore away. On the one hand he’s lucky because he’s a sound sleeper but it’s going to be particularly hard when he’s older and has to get to work on time.
    I, on the other hand, don’t use an alarm clock because I seem to have a built in alarm clock that wakes me on time on week days but seems to realize that I don’t need to get up early on weekends. If only I could patent this feature, I’d be rich!
    I’m here from Bloggy Moms.


  2. Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by – It’s funny, since my surgery last fall, I seem to be waking more and more to an “internal clock” – maybe one day soon I will be losing my crazy forward-setting clock ways – but then again, maybe not. 🙂


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