Sleep vs. Punctuality: Which will be the Victor?

Beeeeep, beeeeep, beeeeep, beeeeep – the sound of an alarm clock is never pleasant. In fact, I think a person can safely argue that it is one of the most annoying sounds on the planet earth. Although we may not enjoy the horrid noise that an alarm clock makes, I think every person would have to admit that it has helped them wake up early on a couple of occasions and as a result has saved them from being late. There is no better environment than college to work on punctuality. Whether it be classes, work responsibilities, or simply meeting up with friends for dinner, being on time is important for two reasons.

  1. Punctuality is a good character trait. I think promptness shows responsibility. You may have more opportunities to get involved in activities because teachers, employers, and friends realize you are reliable when you are consistently on time. This is why punctuality is emphasized so much here at PCC. Our administrators and teachers realize that it is a trait that will help us be successful in all aspects of our lives, especially our future careers.
  2. You may find that punctuality helps you operate better in your daily activities. During those times that I have felt rushed to arrive to a class or clinical on time, I have noticed that I do not do as well in my quizzes or note-taking. It seems to be a domino effect. If the day starts out rushed and stressed, I feel disorganized throughout the whole day.

Okay, we all realize that being punctual is a good thing, but sometimes it just never seems to work out for us, especially for that 8:00 morning class you may have signed up for. Every college student has times when their alarm has not been loud enough, annoying enough (I’m not sure how that is possible), or clear enough to wake them up in the morning. Here are some things that might help you get up in the morning and get to class on time.

  • Start your morning off with something you enjoy doing as a motivation to get out of bed. That motivator for me is food (most often in the form of ramen, rice, or SPAM...yeah, I know that's weird). When I hear my dreadful alarm give its wake-up call, I find it much easier to drag myself out of bed when I have food sitting across my room with my name written all over it. Food may not be what motivates you, which is why you need to find something that you like. Maybe it is reading a chapter from your favorite book or spending a few minutes on a piano in the practice room. Most importantly, reading your Bible would certainly be the best motivator and a great way to start off your day!
  • Set multiple alarms. I have three alarms that I set to go off approximately ten minutes apart. If I unconsciously turn one off, I have backup.
  • If all else fails, ask your roommate or a friend to make sure you wake up. This one has saved me many times.

As you can see, being punctual isn't really that difficult, but it is very important. The next time you are tempted to hit the “off” button on your alarm clock, just remember that it is there to help you wake up early and get to class on time.

5 Responses

  1. Randy

    Amen to the ramen and Spam in the morning! lol but yeah, I have had rushed mornings and the rest of the day did not go smoothly. And I agree, friends are your best last resort backup plans to wake you up, unless you both decide to back each other up and one day both of you forget to wake up haha.

  2. Chrystianna Day

    Haha… Alarm clocks. They are indeed annoying AND life savers. One other great way to get out of bed is to put your alarm clock across the room. I find that I’m more apt to actually get UP, if I literally must GET UP. Otherwise I tend to just keep reaching over to hit the snooze button. Bleh. 🙂

    In all seriousness though, it is true that being punctual is important and being a good steward of our time and morning hours is not overlooked by God. I’ve found, this semester especially, that even though I’m getting less sleep than I ever have, God has been rewarding the time that I’ve given to Him and to the work He’s called me to. He’s the One that will keep us going, we just need to keep giving Him what we have (no matter how pathetic what we have is). He calls the weak things and the despised things, the tired and pathetic things (my own interpretation, there)–all to make HIS strength and power evident, and undeniable through those deficiencies and weaknesses.

  3. Brian

    I came from a house where we didn’t even get out of bed until 10:00 A.M. Staying up till 11:00 and having to get up at 7:00 was a shock to me, I would have probably been kicked out of the school for being late had it not been for one hated hero. The alarm clock.

  4. Marissa Cameron

    I wake up to classical music or some kind of piano/strings song (no obnoxious beeping, hahahaha!!!!), but I know the feeling. Even when I nap, the alarm is my enemy; but it helps keep me going. 🙂

    Also, I survive on rice. Legit sticky rice. But ramen is also nice, too. And fruit snacks are good sugar boosters for those no-energy days. 🙂 I advise classical music, rice, and fruit snacks for motivation.

  5. Mrs Hansen

    For those that have health issues and sleep is always in need of coming first, here are a few tips that sometimes help me:

    1) Give yourself an actual set time to sleep and get up every morning. Having a routine is hard to start, but once in the habit your body will thank you.

    2) Drink lots of water. Your body has many toxins that we do not know are there. Even though coffee helps at times, drinking a lot of water rids your body of things holding back natural energy boosts.

    3) Eat fruit. It is vital for you to have the nutrients. Flushing your system of the bad with water is great, but replenish it with healthy snacks and fresh fruit if at all possible. (vitamins too!!)

    4) Naps! My favorite! 15-20 minute snoozes are necessary to re-energize your system if you are following through with points one to three.

    Hope this helps 🙂

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