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What is a phrase that describes waking up mentally or a mental wake up call?

You say,

I know, I know. I need to do this, that and the other, so I had better _________

to achieve your goals, but instead you remain in your comfort zone ... Wake Up!

"Wake up!" I think is overused and antiquated. I am looking for a fresh phrase that means something like to stop procrastinating.

  • "Snap out of it"? – NVZ Aug 28 '16 at 4:36
  • "so its is time to shake myself up" ? – Graffito Aug 29 '16 at 11:13
  • I think Snap Out of It .....could work.. "Snap out of your comfort zone and Snap to pursuing Your Dream Worth Failing For" It implies coming out of a dozing or unfocused state as well. Thanks for the suggestion. – Rachel Weeks Oct 2 '16 at 9:07
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Pull your finger out means to stop prevaricating and start to act.

or a similar phrase with a slightly different meaning which could apply is:

Pull your socks up which means to make an effort to improve your performance/behaviour.

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    The first one is often in the form of "Pull your finger out of your #$%^". – David Handelman Aug 29 '16 at 0:04
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Snap out of (something)Cambridge

To stop experiencing something unpleasant or stop behaving in a negative way
"I was depressed, and I couldn't snap out of it."
"Johnson has finally snapped out of a four-week hitting slump."

Come alive (or come to life) — TFD

  1. Become vigorous or lively.

"It took some fast rhythms to make the dancers come alive."
"As soon as he mentioned ice cream, the children came to life."

The adjective alive has been used in the sense of "vivacious"

Come aroundCambridge

C1. to become conscious again after an accident or operation
"She hasn't come round from the anaesthetic yet."

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I know, I know. I need to do this, that and the other, so I had better stop cutting bait.

This derives from the idiomatic expression "Are you going to fish or cut bait?", meaning "Are you going to get anything done, or just sit around procrastinating?"

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I know, I know. I need to do this, that and the other, so I had better focus

The implication is that until this moment your mind was wandering but now you need to concentrate on the task at hand without distraction.

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An alternative is get started (and it's synonyms from TFD below).

I know, I know. I need to do this, that and the other, so I had better get started.

TFD:

Verb 1. get started - start to be active; "Get cracking, please!"

get cracking, get moving, get rolling, get weaving, get going

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