I’d like to say that I’m pretty sane and lacking any kind of mental illnesses, but I have come to the conclusion that I have an obsessive compulsive disorder with alarm clocks. Every night before I go to sleep, I will set three alarm clocks for the same time. You know, in case one doesn’t go off, two others are there for backup. Or in case I didn’t turn one or two of them on.
Not only that but the process of how I go about setting the alarm. I’ll set the time, then turn the alarm on/off several times to ensure I have it for set for the AM time and that it’s on, and will work. One alarm clock is by my computer, another is by my bed, and the last one is my cell phone.
After this morning I just sat there thinking “Wow, I have an issue with alarm clocks. I am definitely OCD.” But I don’t really mind this, because I’d rather not fuck up my alarm and NOT wake up–oh wait, like this morning.
I didn’t go through that process last night for some reason (first time ever) and had only set my alarm clock on my cellphone. I checked, double-checked and triple checked it. When I woke up, I shot out of bed, looked at the clock by my computer, and saw that it was 10:05am. I was supposed to be at work at 9:45am. So I panic, and fumble with my cellphone trying to call work, while trying not to sound like I’m about to cry. Told the opening MOD I slept through my alarm, and would be into work asap.
Generally I don’t worry about getting written up becuase in most jobs–I never do. But twice in February while I was carless, I had gotten written up, so that meant anything else past that would result in me being terminated. Well, I get to work and I’m stressing out, hands shaking, waiting to get canned. It never came, and apparently I was off the hook.
Moral of the story:Â It’s okay to be OCD with checking the alarm clocks 10 or more times to see that they’re set for the correct time, and hopefully will turn on.