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)
A couple days ago I read a book recommended by Tyler, whose blog is the only blog I read religiously.
Anyway, the book is about mastery, and it really rang true for me. In it the author talks about the different types of people who are NOT masters, and I am pretty clearly one of them. I'm "the hacker".
What that means is that I get some level of proficiency below mastery, get satisfied with it, and don't progress. I'm acutely aware of this - I get to the level where other people respect my skill, but never push myself as far as I could go / would like.
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: