You’ve tried waking up with loud noises, and multiple alarm clocks, but you just can’t motivate yourself to wake up. If you’re looking for some motivation, this DIY alarm clock will slowly shred money until you get out of bed to stop it.
We’ve shared some DIY alarm clocks before, and you’ve even shared your techniques with us too. But when we saw this diabolical, money-shredding alarm clock (pictured above), we figured few DIY clocks could give us as much motivation as shredding $100 in front of our eyes.
As of right now, it looks like the clock is just a concept, and we can’t find the original designer. It’s also illegal to destroy banknotes in Australia, though we suspect the police have better things to do with their time than hunt you down for it.
However, if you’re feeling desperate for motivation in the morning, we realised you could hack one together yourself with a paper shredder and an indoor outlet timer. Just set the timer to turn on at your designated wake-up time, stick a bill in the shredder, and haul your arse out of bed when it goes off in the morning.
To make sure it’s effective, we’d recommend trying it with regular paper for a few nights before you go sticking $100 in there. I’d also recommend maybe taping it to a larger piece of paper, to give yourself a few seconds to turn it off before it starts shredding, and to maybe add something that makes sound to the outlet timer, since the sound of shredding paper might not wake you up on its own. There are even alarm clocks with built-in outlet timers for the hard of hearing, which could also work well for this project.
Is it a bit off-the-wall? Yes. Is it scary as hell? Yes. Will it get you out of bed? I would hope so. I don’t have a paper shredder myself to actually try this out with, but as with all things DIY, there are a number of different tweaks you could make to the project. So if you have any of your own ideas for making this work, let us know in the comments.