3 Reasons Why I No Longer Hit the Snooze Button

Snooze ButtonThis is a guest post by Susan Brennan

I have come to realize that while there are plenty of opportunities to hit the snooze button, there are far more things that come to pass when hitting the snooze simply isn’t an option. Life happens. It happens whether or not you’re ready, regardless of if you’ve planned for it or not.

I believe that time is one of our most valuable assets, and I think it should be filled with things that we enjoy! There are, of course, just certain things that need to get done, and we can’t avoid them.

However, I’ve come up with a trick to keep my schedule in line and priorities in order.

  • I no longer hit the snooze button.
  • I don’t use the snooze on my alarm in the morning.
  • I don’t hit snooze on my calendar reminders when they pop-up.

This has multiple benefits:

1. I address things as they are scheduled to ensure that they get done.

2. It makes me very judicious in what things I actually schedule into my calendar. If I know that I am not going to hit snooze, I am much more likely to decide before putting something into my calendar whether or not it deserves my time.

3. I end up getting more out of my day because I’m not delaying its start by hitting snooze in the morning.

This has created a renewed sense of appreciation for all of the people/activities in my life that I choose to spend my time on. I encourage you to consider trying this method, or share with me other methods you’ve tried that have really worked. In order to enjoy your time more, you need to know when you have free time, and you need to know what your schedule looks like.

If you’re spontaneous, or not much of a scheduler, I would encourage you to still look at how you spend your time and decide if it really deserves your attention or not. If not, and you decide that it still needs to get done, there are so many options available to you. Let me know if you get stuck and we’ll come up with a solution together! May you have many years filled with precious time to use as you please!

Susan Brennan is a speaker, personal assistant and productivity enthusiast. You can learn more about her and how she helps people Be Productive Vicariously, by visiting her website at www.consideritdonepersonally.com

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About Timo Kiander

My name is Timo Kiander aka Productive Superdad.

I want to show you how to improve your productivity when working at home and find time for the fun stuff in your life!


  1. This is great advice! Getting up early seems to be the key to a lot of success. You can get a lot done in the wee hours of the morning before all the distractions begin. I’ve starting 1-2 hrs work before my families morning routine starts now, and plan to continue through 2014. Thanks Timo.

  2. Hi Susan; Thanks for sharing your techniques. I find the best thing i can do is to get out of bed as soon as i wake up. However, i usually start my day by checking my email. Here i have been making an effort to unsubscribe from emails that are unproductive. I find I get a lot of mail from companies that are 3rd party affiliates of things i actually signed up for. Thanks again and take care, max

    • Timo Kiander says:

      Hi Maxwell!

      Have you tried a service called UnRoll.me? You can mass-unsubscribe from multiple e-mail lists at once.


  3. Maxwell, I am pleased to hear that you\’re intentional about that. In my opinion, too many people stay on lists and clutter their inboxes with emails they aren\’t reading. In fact, Timo recently did a post about how to clear your inbox clutter (3 Ways to Combat the E-mail Inbox Clutter). Getting out of bed as soon as you wake is a great way to start your day! Keep it up!

  4. Hi Susan and Timo. I like this. I wanted to work on my blog before I went to my consulting job. But my kids were up and my boy is not always the most quiet. Instead of “fighting” the system, I decided to get up earlier.

    Oh my goodness. No more snooze: I love it. It’s dark outside and peaceful. It’s peaceful in the house. I can think and focus. So, I agree. I am a big fan of “no more snooze”.


    • Timo Kiander says:

      Hi Barb!

      Yes, I wake up early too, so that I can get a head start to my day.

      We have a two-year old in our family, so I try to get some work done before he wakes up :)


    • Barb,
      I also love it when it’s dark and peaceful in the morning. By the time it’s dark and peaceful at night, I’m ready to go to sleep, so for me the AM works best! I hope you continue to find peace and quiet in your mornings!

  5. Amazing advice super dad :D
    I really agree that we delay our day with hitting the snooze button, it really doesn’t have another use, I don’t even know why it exists in the first place. I have wrote about this exact topic on my website – Life Coach Code.com – you can read it here. It would be an honor.

    Keep up your great work!

  6. Me too. I now wake up whenever I want to.

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