Never sleep through your alarm again: use a recording of your voice as your alarm clock

I have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning.

That’s an understatement.

I’m dead to the world in the morning. I really struggle when it comes to forcing myself out of bed.

I’ve actually gotten to the point where I sleep through my alarm. It’ll blare and go off for 30 minutes before I eventually wake up. There’s almost no point to setting my alarm since it doesn’t wake me up.

Lately, however I’ve found a technique that works for me – I record myself a message and set it as my alarm in the morning – and surprisingly it works.

I’ll speak some words of motivation (“Wake up you lazy fuck!”) or remind myself of the reason why I have to get up (“If you get out of bed right now you won’t have to rush”).

This has helped me a lot. The only downside is that I haven’t found a dead simple way to set this up.

It’s not very hard, but there are a few steps to it:

How to turn your voice into an alarm clock

Here are some instructions if you’re using an iPhone.

Step 1: Record your voice

1: Record your voice in the iPhone Voice Memos app and save it. Not sure what to say? Maybe a quote, or remind yourself the reason why you’d like to wake up early, or give yourself some tough love.

2: Click on your freshly saved file and click the export icon and then send an email to yourself so you can get the file on your computer.

Step 2: Convert The File On Your Computer

Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t have an easy way to convert the file from Voice Recorder to a file that the Alarm clock app can understand, so we’ll have to manually convert it. It’s easy. And you don’t need special software.

Step 1: Once the file is on your computer. Rename the file from .m4a to .m4r. You’ll get a warning asking if you’re sure you want to change the file type. Yes, you’re sure.

Step 3: Add the new file back to your iPhone

Step 1: Plug your phone into your computer

Step 2: Open iTunes, then navigate to Devices -> Your iPhone -> Tones

Step 3: Drag the file you just renamed to the Tones section of your iPhone in iTunes

Step 4: Customize your alarm

Step 1: Now go into the Alarms app on your iPhone and click edit at the top of the app and then click on one of your alarms

Step 2: Click Sound

Step 3: Your new alarm should show up under Ringtones.

That’s it!

Create a custom alarm to get your ass up in the morning!

I like to switch up my alarm once I get too used one. Sometimes I’ll yell at myself, other times I’ll say something nice.

What do you say in your alarm? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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