My best friend Marquis and me, 2009
I don’t need to tell you how agonizing it is to get up every morning. As if on cue, gravity seems to work double time in your bedroom whenever the sun rises. I can’t promise to eradicate Manic Monday mornings completely but here’s a tip on how to start your day on a good “note” … Get it? Yay!
This isn’t a revolutionary idea, I know, but there is an art in picking out the perfect song to set as your alarm. Well, okay, it’s not exactly art but…
Tips on how to choose your morning songs:
- Don’t choose your favorite song. Remember that experiment psychologist Ivan Pavlov did with the dog and the bell? If you don’t – you’re probably too young, get off the internet. Anyway, if you associate the dreadful death of your delicious dreams with your favorite song of all time, you might end up hating that song. Don’t ruin it!
- Don’t put just one part of a song on loop. My boyfriend once looped the intro of Smashing Pumpkins’ Bullet with Butterfly Wings and for several mornings Billy Corgan woke him with a repetitive reminder that the world is a vampire. My boyfriend was not amused.
- Choose a song that makes you want to move. There are songs that annoy the heck out of us but they undoubtedly make us want to move our feet. Or arms (i.e. wanting to punch the girls who sang Hot Problems).
- Keep your alarm songs on rotation so your mornings are always fresh!
- Don’t stop at alarms. Make a playlist that lasts for the duration of your morning routine (20 mins? An hour?). This not only makes you brush your teeth to a beat but it also makes you aware of how much time you have left before you have to be out the door!