T4T – SERIOUS Alarm

T4T = Tools for Time (Management)

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35 thoughts on “T4T – SERIOUS Alarm

  1. I stick my blackberry in a case and under my pillow or shelf, it’s also hard to click the snooze button inside the case

    …or someone yells at me for not waking up 馃槢 (deep sleepers know about that)

  2. nice video!
    i use my cellphone but it doesnt wake me up cuz of 2 easy buttons… i usually depend on family members to wake me up…not very productive :s

  3. Salaams. Yay Nahyan is still busy helping make lives better 馃檪
    um, this is funny but I wake up better when I promise to phone a friend for fajr, b/c it is a sign of da moonaficks that they break promises and I don’t want the naar..

    Want me to Cellphone you for fajr… It’s not bida fid deen
    馃槈

  4. I keep my cellphone FARR from the bed, the alarm goes on pretty loud, at one point, i’ll HAVE to get up and shut it off

  5. Masha’Allah, very good video. I use alarm-clock and my cell phone. I put my alarm-clock in a position so that I have to get out of bed to turn it off.

  6. @nobo i hear that, at least someone’s got your back

    @Msheikh489er wa alaikum assalaam, good stuff. Let’s do that soon bro, it’s great accountability. I’m arite for now alhamdulillah.

    @sadi Ma man! Good to hear from you bro. Yo it’s frustrating to know that it’s only gonna get worse, waking up angry at the phone 馃檪

    @Sarwar Ya the forceful getting up to turn it off works well. I tried that few times, but seems like everyone in the house hears it but me 馃槢

  7. I remember my dad used to say about his teacher that he’d have such a command over his body…he’d leave you and say “I’m taking a 15-minute nap” and precisely 900 seconds (15min) later, you’d see him up, well-rested. SubhanAllah, it’s so funny how Allah put this thing over us that we cannot survive without or even escape.

    On a more practical note, I’d read on this blog: http://howtowakeupearly.com/ (I think it was there) that it’s always recommended that you put your alarm far away from your bed, like across the room. Therefore, the only way to get it off is to get up, and thereafter WAKE up.

    Also, living in Makkah’s always good, you have a Mu’adhin brand Alarm. 馃檪

  8. @A-Z – niice, a combo usually works better

    @Jawaad Ahmad Khan – ya man, it’s crazy to experience the precise self-awakening too.
    Dono if it happened to you before, for me I’m delighted to wake up at will…but sometimes it’s way off and you may end up sleeping 3 hours and missing a health studies exam… 馃槢

    I liked that site, lots of great tips.

    A mu’adhin wake up alarm would be so awesome. I remember in Bangladesh last summer they had this alarm kinda thing from the masjid for suhoor wake up – not quite muadhin brand, but does the job 馃檪

  9. @Ab没 M没s芒 Al-岣bash卯 – daam homie, that’s almost impenetrable…wonder if you’ve slept through them all before?

    I see you’re repping YorkU, it’s cool you got office hours for execs.. Good stuff mashaAllah.
    I’m on the other (better) side of universities, UTSC 馃檪 (it’s all in love bro)

  10. Salams brother Nahyan,
    First off i wanted to say great vid, i read all your posts. They’re really good masahallah and they help, especially since I am a really busy senior in highschool cuz i’m very involved alhamidllah (School Pres., Varsity b-ball team co-capt, Nhs, local youth group. ect.) So i have no choice but to manage my time well while doing all these activies and still having time for family and keeping up with grades and the burdens of senior year and some college classes. For me, the best and most productive way that i get through my day is for prepping the night before and having a good morning. I’ll simplfy it in 3 points.

    1. I use a planner which is VERY important, to write down every thing i have 2 do for the next day and the rest of the week no matter how small. Sometimes i have to use additional sticky notes b/c i have no space. This helps in making sure i don’t forget anything. (You really can’t trust memory, its like a snake)

    2. I have 2 wake up everyday @ 6:30 and the way i make sure i wake up is my having 2 alrams. My alarm system sychrnozied in way that it draws me out of my sleep by stages. The 1st alarm is my regular very annoying loud pitched alarm clock that’s close and it rings onlly 1 time once u press the snooze button but that one time is good enough 2 stir u awake. The other alarm is on the my desk faar out of reach and its my phone alarm. It rings in intervals, i do 5 mins each alarm for 3 alarms so that i can’t fully go back 2 sleep because i don’t get a chance 2 even snooze enough by the time the next alarm rings ( and each alarm has a different tune) Basically by the time the 4th alarm rings i am fully awake and up because there was no chance i could even catch sleep in the 3 alarms before since everytime i am jst about 2 fall back into deep sleep i am rudely awakend. This whole alarm system is set up 15 mins before my orginal intended wake up time of 6:30 so by the time my last alarm rings, i get up and its exactly 6:30.

    3. When i wake up I fix the i’m not a morning person problem by making a good on the go breakfast that will give the boost i need and i drink tea rather coffee which wakes me up. I seriously take the time to make a good breakfast and the more u do it the faster you get at making quick breafasts. I personally believe if your morning is sluggish then so will the rest of your day. Breakfast is your headstart to get your morning going.

    Those are just some tips i wanted to share, sorry for going off topic but i found them very usefull and thought i might as well share, they could be of some help to others.
    Wasalam,
    Amany K

  11. @Amany

    Amany :

    1. I use a planner which is VERY important…(You really can鈥檛 trust memory, its like a snake)

    That’s a fantastic point, found the “memory like a snake” part amusing (and it is true)

    Amany :

    2. …My alarm system sychrnozied in way that it draws me out of my sleep by stages. The 1st alarm is my regular very annoying loud pitched alarm clock that鈥檚 close and it rings onlly 1 time once u press the snooze button but that one time is good enough 2 stir u awake. The other alarm is on the my desk faar out of reach and its my phone alarm. It rings in intervals, i do 5 mins each alarm for 3 alarms so that i can鈥檛 fully go back 2 sleep because i don鈥檛 get a chance 2 even snooze enough by the time the next alarm rings ( and each alarm has a different tune) Basically by the time the 4th alarm rings i am fully awake and up because there was no chance i could even catch sleep in the 3 alarms before since everytime i am jst about 2 fall back into deep sleep i am rudely awakend. This whole alarm system is set up 15 mins before my orginal intended wake up time of 6:30 so by the time my last alarm rings, i get up and its exactly 6:30.

    AWESOME! Just earlier today myself and few guys were talking about having 1 pre-alarm alarm. I want to do that too. You’ve got the perfect system in place, mashaAllah.

    Amany :

    3. …i drink tea rather coffee which wakes me up. I seriously take the time to make a good breakfast and the more u do it the faster you get at making quick breafasts

    Doesn’t get true-er than that. Ya, I don’t know what people think by starting their day with coffee.

    Amany :
    i found them very usefull and thought i might as well share, they could be of some help to others

    For sure, myself included.

    Jazakallahukhair for the very comprehensive response.

    InshaAllah this is only the tip of the iceberg for you, being in high-school still it’s especially amazing you’ve got these systems/mindsets in place. MashaAllah.

  12. salams,
    May Allah reward every one for their beautiful tips
    Alhamdulillah i have learnt so much from each.

    As for me, I’m happy with my phone.
    On my sony ericssion i can have atleast 5 alarms and i can name them aswell…. by the time i check which button to press the statement keeps flashing
    like i have written for tahajjud-‘ALLAH IS WAITING’
    and fajr as i wrote ‘OPEN D KNOT’ coz when you sleep SHAITAN ties three knots to you!(Narrated Abu Huraira Allah’s Apostle said, “Satan puts three knots at the back of the head of any of you if he is asleep. On every knot he reads and exhales the following words, ‘The night is long, so stay asleep.’ When one wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is undone; and when one performs ablution, the second knot is undone, and when one prays the third knot is undone and one gets up energetic with a good heart in the morning; otherwise one gets up lazy and with a mischievous heart.” )
    so i try to actually imagine at every step when a knot is opened
    I have also attached an alarm picture of the rising sun which would remind me that its soon going to go qaza, that means I need to hurry up.
    and it helps Alhamdulillah!
    w/salam

  13. @ebi – wa alaikum assalaam warahmatullah,

    Interesting strategy.
    I like the message that comes along with the alarm, about why the alarm is so early.

    ps. jazakallahukhair for sharing the hadith as a reminder for us.

  14. Awesome Video!
    I use my cellphone but have an islamic alarm tone. My Fajr alarm is the Fajr adah but only the portion “As-Salatu khairum minan-naum” that way fear sinks in the heart and you have to wake up.
    Also, MORE!

  15. @Abu Yusuf – very nice, that would definitely hit hard. Also, it’s gotta be hard to feel annoyed and shut off the adhan calling towards salaah and worshipping Allah 馃檪

    I gotta get me one of those.

    Jazakallahukhair for mentioning that Abu Yusuf.

  16. Its easy to do! All you gotta do is search for the specific ringtone for your specific phone. OR just download a Adhan audio and splice parts…

  17. lol jokes man.. the way I wake up is I put the alarm kinda far away.. 680 news blasts through my room and i get annoyed lol… btw i kno those are ur toys man ur the youngest one in the family lol

  18. @Abu Yusuf – oo “splice” – fancy word
    Ya I would, my ol skool phone can’t handle the ringtone…

    @Fares Elahi – 680 news is a good idea, any radio would be so annoying (i prefer CFRB 1010 in general 馃檪

    Toys – noo man you saw through my bluff…(actually the blue Batman was a favorite toy before, it came with a Batmobile and almost always beat the army guys in wrestling :P)

  19. Alsalamu Alykom , how are you my brother , good site , I want to make contact with you for more developing sites which in benefit to Muslims .
    I think the best method is sleeping early in a regular time and get you enough amount of sleeping , your biology clock system will used to wake up in an early regular time also ( tested with me and success ) .

  20. I have an an alarm cat so my choice as one of the best alarms is a pet. Especially one that relys on you for breakfast every morning.

    A dog is good if you want to combine getting up, getting dressed and taking Fido for the morning walk. A cat is good if you don’t mind an animal that can flying out of nowhere and screech in your face. My cat put her face up next to mine and lets out a scream that makes my hair hurt.

  21. Dan Speers :

    I have an an alarm cat so my choice as one of the best alarms is a pet.

    I love this one
    I used to have a cat but she only woke my sister up…I’ll retry with my next cat 馃檪

  22. Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you won’t do anything with it – (M. Scott Peck)

    thought I’d share this interesting quote.

  23. my friends ususally wake me up for fajr by giving me alot of calls until i wake up, but sometimes my ears are so immune to the alarm or the calls that i dont wake up…

    my mum wakes me up then cause then everyone else wakes up besides me….(deep sleeper hehe)

  24. p.s jazakAllah for the awesome tip brother Jawaad and Nahyan, next time ill keep my mobile anywhere but on the bed where i sleep… ill try this today inshaAllah.

  25. the cat idea is really great…i used to have a cat and he used to drive me crazy in the morning cuz he somehow used to close my room door and not be able to get out until i opened the door for him which forced me to get up. He would meow as if I was depriving him of life and make me feel really bad if i tried ignoring him. If i ever was able to ignore his meowing he would jump on me or scratch me lightly til he got my attention and then just look really adorable(yes im a cat lover and could go on about my cat forever!)

    Now that my cats gone I just get people who I know are going to be awake when i need to get up to call me. Once i talk to people im usually awake…BUT i choose the people wisely cuz theres very few people whose voice im happy to hear in the morning.

    I also ask my dad to wake me up…he’s veryyyy sweet in the morning:) not to mention that he knows exactly how to guilt trip me!

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