Why Hitting Snooze Leaves You Catching Up on More than Sleep

For the past 4 months of my life, all I can remember is waking up to the deathly sound of my alarm clock. I wake up shrieking under my covers begging for 10 more minutes of unconsciousness. I would hit snooze until I forced myself to rush and catch up from the moment I wake up.

The past 4 days in a row, I’ve been able to debunk that habit… Finally. Now, I wake up ready to take on the day. Although the story I just told revolves specifically around waking up, this philosophy is transient throughout everyday’s workflow.

When you approach a to-do list, its similar to a snooze button. It’s a set of stuff yet to be done. You aren’t caught up until you get through it all. You are forced to scavenge through it all and feel as if you’re barely hanging on. Try switching it up for a second, and think about the power of focusing solely at the task at hand. You eliminate the mental clutter of everything you have to do, and are able to focus on what you are doing.

So I invite you, to take a second and not approach the task at hand with disdain for all that follows, but instead to focus solely on the task at hand. Don’t let anything else cloud the vision of doing that one thing well, for once that’s done, you can excel in what’s to follow.


  1. Kudos to you – hitting snooze is real addiction of mine. Tell me, is your goal to not hit snooze for a set period of days? or just continue for the foreseeable future?

    1. Thanks Georges – the goal is ultimately to become an early riser and get some productive solidarity in before the day begins… Get a head start instead of catching up. I’ve been doing weekly goal tracking with a friend so for now success = no snooze every weekday until it’s a habit.

      Definitely recommend these awesome posts by Steve Pavlina on How to Become an Early Riser.

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