How to Wake Up Feeling Enthusiastic

How to Wake Up (cartoon)

This morning I got out of bed at 5:30 to make that cartoon you see above. I am not a morning person.

Here’s how I did it.

(1) I went to bed early.

(2) I woke up naturally at 5.30 and, instead of going back to sleep, which I am very good at (thankfully), I thought, “YAY! I get to make a cartoon!” This was mostly a lie. I was not that excited to get up. But my fake enthusiasm actually worked. I got out of bed and went to the bathroom, and by then I was awake.

I’ve used this technique before. I usually work from home here in Philly, but about once a week I get up at 5am to go to the office in New York City. When the alarm goes off at 5, I think “YAY! I get to go to New York City today!” Again, the overblown enthusiasm helps.

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  • So glad to see this back and under a separate site, One of my friends was just asked me what happened to the site yesterday and was missing the cartoons. I love the ones you "reprised" Thank you, Pierre

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