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.
Tucker Max Movie Blog
Tyler (RSD) Blog
Lenovo Design Blog (in danger of getting deleted)
New Year's eve is approaching, which means that people are making their New Years' resolutions and asking me what mine are. I don't have any, and I think that's a good thing.
The problem with New Years Resolutions is that they're not motivated by a burning desire to change. Wee all know that most people don't really change, and we know how hard it is for us to change ourselves. The only fuel powerful enough to push through that pain period is the burning desire for results. New Year's resolutions don't have that burning desire. Instead we realize it's a new year, get the fluffy feeling that a fresh start is upon us, and then scramble to make up New Year's resolutions. That method of change is about as effective as the US' "war on drugs" is against drug addiction.
How motivated can you possibly be if you're willing to wait until the ball drops before taking action? Not very. I have a friend who is capable of, and has executed on many occasions, 180 degree life changes. On a normal day if he told me he was going to do something difficult, I'd have full faith in him. But he recently picked up smoking and told me he's quitting for New Year's. I bet he won't. Quitting cigarettes requires a fundamental hatred for the effects smoking has on your body and life. Anything less is a break from smoking. If he had that harsh emotion, he wouldn't be smoking today.
It's been almost six months since I published The Motivation Hacker, my book on how to get yourself to want to do what you always wanted to want to do. Here's what surprised me.
Sales (update: First Year Book sales)
I use a site called PredictionBook to compare my private guesses to reality for things like this. It helps me be less overconfident. I took a brutal calibration beating on my predictions for how many copies I'd sell in the first six months:
Here's how many I actually sold: