A better way to wake up


I hate waking up in the mornings. The sound of an annoying buzzer is enough to make me want to throw my alarm clock out the window.

Earlier this year, I ditched my clock radio as my alarm clock. As my alarm was usually on the hour, I would wake up to the news. So the first thing I would hear upon waking up was news regarding murders, robberies, fires, natural disasters, etc. There is research out there which suggests that your brain is like a sponge first thing in the morning upon waking up, where it absorbs information in the morning and keeps it during the day. I realized that waking up and hearing shitty news was probably not the best way to start my day.

Recently, I’ve been wondering if instead of hearing negative shitty news upon waking up, you could set it up so that the first thing you hear upon waking up is something positive. After a bit of research, I stumbled upon the recording below. I loaded it onto my iPhone and this has been my “alarm” for the past two weeks.

I realize that this recording is kind of cheesy and corny, and probably recites every single motivational cliché out there. However, during the past few weeks, I’m finding that I’m in a better mood in the mornings after waking up to this recording. I’ll also take waking up to motivational clichés over waking up to news of murders and robberies any day.

Thanks for reading!

When in Rome…


Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend a work conference in Rome. I was pretty excited as it was my first time in Italy. My flight was fairly long as I had connections in Toronto and Munich. I picked up a Malcolm Gladwell book with the … [Continue reading]