I apologize for the lack of updates over the past week. I went to Boston and Vermont and brought only my tiny laptop (Libretto U105) with me. Besides being busy spending time with my family, the keyboard of the Libretto doesn't lend itself to lengthy updates.
I did a pretty good job sticking to polyphasicsleeping over the vacation, but not perfect. I had a total of 5 nights in Boston, 4 of which I overslept an average of 3 hours per night, and two nights in Vermont. I don't know if you've ever been out in the farming country in Vermont, but there is literally nothing to do. Compound that with the fact that I was staying in a 1000 sqft. house with 10 other people who were very fond of quiet and darkness throughout the night, and it made polyphasic sleeping a serious challenge.
The first night I slept 3 hours extra (seems like the magic number, doesn't it?), and the second night I didn't try - I overslept by almost 6 hours.
Steve Pavlina suggested that I spend less time focusing on the negative and more on the positive. Reward myself rather than punish myself. I agree that this is one of the most important attitudes to have. In fact, one of the more significant events in my life was making the conscious choice to be happy by always focusing on the positive. I don't really get down on myself for the oversleeps - I just see them as "pauses" in my progress, which will inevitably lead to perfect polyphasic scheduling. I also never know how to reward myself - I basically give myself everything I want and do whatever I want anyway. My punishments are usually just temporary holds on those luxuries that end up making me appreciate them more when I have them back.
Anyway, I threw in a couple naps today just to keep up the rhythm, and now I'm waiting until I'm tired to take my first nap. I think this week is going to be great - I'm REALLY motivated to stick to the schedule and I have a ton of stuff to do. A friend of mine sent me a cool Getting Things Done workbook, so that will be my first action.