My sleep schedule is unusual. I generally go to bed an hour later each day until finally I'm going to bed way too late and I end up just staying up a full 36 hours or so to reset the schedule.
And that's where I'm at now. So to fill my day and keep myself awake I read Seth Godin's blog. Forty pages of it.
You know I'm obsessed with Seth Godin, so this shouldn't come as much of a surprise. I subscribe to only 6 blogs, and his is by far the most frequently updated.
As I read the 40 pages I took short notes. Some were direct quotes, others were paraphrases, and a few of them were thoughts I had that were inspired by something he wrote.
Here are the notes. Some might be useless without context, some may be redundant, and my capitalization is spastic, but I can't imagine someone reading the list and not getting SOMETHING out of it.
I definitely am NOT doing all of those things. Work to be done.
Hey, yours and Tylers are one of the few blogs that I follow too.
If you extrapolate these things to a non-marketing/leadership context, its the philosophy I like to follow.
In essence, act not like the person you are, but like the person you would like to be. After all, we are not our names or backgrounds, we are what we want to be.
Btw, I have this same sleep problem. From what I can tell, we have Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS)
A while back I tried doing some light therapy to solve this and got an Apollo go lite (http://www.lighttherapy.com/), and it appeared to work for a while. But I was never able to correct it long term so maybe it was just Psychosomatic.
Anyway, just wanted to see if you had any other info on this condition. I basically had to become an entrepreneur because traditional working hours left me in a constant state of sleep deprivation. (perhaps a silver lining? :)
Interesting selection. If there was a Lenovo blog that covered thinkpad updates and accessories I would be all over that. ;)
I also have the same sleep schedule as you but am trying to change it. I think I would be sharper during the day with a regular sleep schedule.
I might try the Tim Ferris trick to use a kitchen timer to get an optimal amount of sleep no matter what time of day it is when I happen to go to sleep. If you keep records you can also track your sleep debt and plan for getting rid of that, too.
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The one thing I consistently fail to account for when planning trips, especially shorter ones, is the disruption it will cause to my routine. For over a hundred days in a row, I wrote a blog post every day, did a Chinese lesson, worked on SETT, and a few other things for which I hold myself accountable.
I went to Peru for ten days, and although I started off strong, jamming in the blog post and Chinese lessons on my flights and bus ride to the Andes, once I started hiking I stopped doing those things. No real foul there, because breathing and walking had become difficult first priorities. When I got back to civilization, still in Peru, I resumed working hard on SETT, but I stopped doing Chinese lessons. I was practicing Spanish every day, though, so that made it okay. I wrote a monster blog post about Peru and sort of let myself coast on that. After all, it was a lot longer than my average post.
I got back to San Francisco and had only a week before I was going to Mexico. That week was great. I felt bad about being off schedule, so I used that as motivation to get back on. I rated three of those days as As and four as Bs, which is a pretty solid week. Next there are ten days completely missing from my schedule. I remember them, though. I worked on SETT every day while I was in Mexico, at a reduced capacity, as expected. I did a couple Chinese lessons, but was speaking Spanish, and fell behind on blog posts. Maybe I wrote four during those ten days.
Again, I got back and got back on schedule, but this time with less consistency. One day I gave myself an F and didn't even write any notes on the day. A few others I got Ds. There are As and Bs, too, but not as many as there should be.
A few of my friends - three friends, to be exact - mentioned to me that I write a heck of a lot on here and they're impressed. I have convinced the ultra-smart Sami Baqai to start blogging, and he just got the holy-shit-this-is-hard-I'm-overwhelmed feeling. Ah, yes, I have been there Sami. Perhaps I can share some thoughts.
First and foremost, I am a huge devotee of the Equal-Odds Rule. As far as I know, I'm the only person talking about it outside of academia. This Amazon review covers it pretty well:
The equal-odds rule says that the average publication of any particular scientist does not have any statistically different chance of having more of an impact than any other scientist's average publication. In other words, those scientists who create publications with the most impact, also create publications with the least impact, and when great publications that make a huge impact are created, it is just a result of "trying" enough times. This is an indication that chance plays a larger role in scientific creativity than previously theorized.
So I read that, and I'm like - whoa. You know Neo in the Matrix? Whoa.
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