I even managed to get into work generally around that time without the use of an alarm clock, except for on the occasional morning when I had been out real late the previous night. It was so freeing to not have my sleep interrupted by a clanging or a buzzing, or even an iPod/iPhone playlist of my choice.
But, as they say, all good things come to an end. I have been struggling with how to develop better habits, exercise, writing, meditating--and I've tried a lot of tricks and techniques over the years. Many of which worked for a short time, but nothing lasting.
So, back to the basics. I am now setting my alarm to get up early enough to spend some time writing and do some exercise in the morning before going to work. I am wary but cautiously optimistic. I am motivated today, and hope to develop some new habits.
In my session with Arda last night, he reminded me that there are only two possible actions at any point. The conscious action, and going unconscious. The conscious action is a response that furthers my goals and honors my true values. The unconscious action is one that repeats previous patterns in an effort to avoid a perceived threat; a fear, possible pain or loss, or simply an uncomfortable situation.
Setting an alarm, for me at this point, is a reminder to start my day with conscious action towards my goals of being more healthy, more productive and having more fun in my life by sharing creative experiences with others.