Erik I


Or rather: adjusting the plan

Filed under #risingEarly

Yesterday I decided to sleep an hour extra tonight.

The result: I'm waking up tired and confused.

Hopefully I'll also be less tired during the day though.

BTW: Sleep as Android is how I get up. That alarm clock is amazing and I think it has followed me since shortly after I got my first or second Android phone. Itis customizable so I can decide for example how much I am allowed to snooze and more importantly it just doesn't give up. (Not affiliated in any way, just a happy user.)

Filed under #observations, #risingearly and #lifehacks

Another work day where I wake up early. But I've made a change to my early morning habits:

The plan is now:

  1. Get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes clock off
  2. Press snooze
  3. Get dressed
  4. Go downstairs
  5. Turn off the alarm
  6. Make coffe
  7. Press play on the podcast I am listening to
  8. Start browsing Instagram
  9. Stop browsing when podcast episode finishes

The second last item on that list might sound weird to almost everyone else but I can forget looking at or even thinking about Instagram for days or weeks.

That might sound great for someone who struggles with addiction to social media, and I guess it is less annoying and dangerous,but also means I miss out on a lot of what is happening.

So for now I'll try this to see if I can include a healthy dose of updates from friends and family.


  • it helps a lot that I have decided well in advance what the first 30 minutes of the day will look like
  • it works reasonably well, my brain turns on (possibly related to an interesting podcast)
  • generally my brain seems to respond well to spoken words while I'm doing something else
  • Instagram ads generally have a lot better targeting for me (it took 12 long years for Google to realize I was not looking for scammy-looking dating sites)
  • writing blog posts takes more than 5 minutes, I guess this took 30 minutes
  • it is now 0522

I've been trying this for less than a week, so add a pinch of salt, but I feel I'm into an habit that can work well for a few weeks.

I am an early riser. Most of the time this is easy. Some times it fails (I wake up two hours later and have to hurry to catch the first bus). Today was more interesting:



Rising early is something I find very rewarding. FWIW it is now 0508 local time as I'm finishing this post.

It used to be that I'd wake up at the last possible moment (to get as much sleep as possible) and stay up at night as far as possible (to get something done or be social). At some point I finally realized that I am no night owl, so I tried looking into if I could rather rise earlier.