The alarm clock, my old friend (or foe?)

Monday, November 09, 2009

I stopped using my alarm clock about 6 months ago. Before that I was working with a painter in the mornings and had a need for morning punctuality. Nowadays I'm working alone in my studio and have no reason to be there by a certain time. I'm not great in the mornings, but I'm no night owl either. I'm one of those 11am - 7pm types. (Apparently there is a clever name for it, but it escapes me just now.) So I figure, I'll work with my internal time clock and get up naturally, and simply stay later into the evening to finish my work. That works just fine, but it doesn't leave a lot of room in the evenings for schedule adjustments.

As part of my new routine, I decided to include a workout in the morning, partly as a motivational tool, and partly for the ease of scheduling convenience. Today was my first day getting up. The evil alarm went off at 7 and I dozed it until 7:30. It took a few times whispering to myself "you HAVE to get up now, you HAVE to!" but finally I did and wow I feel good. I had a yoga session around eight and had to dash for a follow up at the doctors.

I'm doing the SP bootcamp program and would have done a session after yoga if not for the doctor's appointment. However, since I got to work so early today, I have plenty of time to take care of it before kung fu tonight. After today's success with that demon alarm clock, I don't believe I will have a problem getting in the bootcamp workout after yoga.

Maybe there is a more gentle sound I could do? Right now I have it set to classical music, about the best I can do with a circa 1970's radio alarm clock. I think I'll look into rain sounds, or something soothing like that.

Does anyone know of any soothing alarm clock options?

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