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)
One of the great sacrifices of subjecting kids to school is that it trains them to ask for permission for everything, from turning in work late, to changing to a different class, to more mundane things like going to the bathroom. It's a tradeoff, of course: condition kids to seek permission for everything, and by doing so enable a system to exist where they receive an education.
Maybe that's a worthwhile tradeoff, and maybe it's not. But the real harm in it, in my opinion anyway, is that when we leave school, we're still in the habit of asking permission for everything. That's dangerous.
A manifestation of this that I come across with frequently is the questions that people send me by email. Here's a paraphrased template, which covers a good 60%+ of the emails I get from strangers:
Hello, reader of my blog!
I meet lots of people.
I can't keep track of everyone.
This is costing me all sorts of bad things. I'm missing opportunities to connect with good people, and since 90% of interesting things in life are the result of connecting with good people, I think this is really a big leak of good things from my life.
I've decided to get a CRM-like system. CRM stands for "customer relationship management" - it's commonly used in sales to track what communication you've had with a prospect/client/etc in the past. Have they gotten a brochure? Have you talked with them on the phone? Did you followup after they bought? How happy were they? Did they fill out a testimonial? Did they refer anyone? Did you send them a gift for referring someone? What's their birthday? Etc, etc.