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I think these are pretty challenging yet realistic goals. It's important to remember that I have much more time than the average person, thanks to my polyphasic sleep schedule.
Honestly, I haven't done very well on them. Two of them I've done, two more have progress, and the other 3 are nowhere near completion. However, I have reached several other goals that turned out to be more important than I thought. For example, eating vegan is more important than gaining weight (although my body fat is now below 8%). Some of the goals are still important to me, and I'm working on them, but for 2007 I will take a slightly different approach. Thanks for remembering this post and keeping me honest!
Hello, I'm a prospective polyphasic sleeper,and I feel I've just learned something from yours and Steve Pavlina's blog: what matters most in achieving polyphasic sleep is *why you want to do it*.
You will fail if you want to do this to be cool, or if you just want to be able to tell your friends.. because those things aren't important: you probably won't impress them anyway. And even if you did, will that really improve *your* quality of life?
You will also fail if you want to do this just to have more hours in the day to get things done, to write more code (or whatever it is you do), or to make more money. Because are those things really important? Will you really be happy? Will your quality of life *really* improve after you've gotten those things done? Will you really enjoy getting them done more so as a polyphasic sleeper than you would as a monophasic sleeper? What's so wrong with getting them done at the rate of 16 hours activity per day rather than 21 hours activity per day? Either way it's still 1 hour activity per waking hour, and that's all were concious for, so the rate doesn't really change as far as our perception goes.
The real reason (I think) for anyone to do this should be for the reason Steve Pavlina did it: for the experience alone, as a life changing event. "Life changing events" and "experiences" are the types of things that can actually improve our quality of life. And aparently, our bodies (actually our sub-conciouses) know the difference.
But can't you just get a large enough alarm clock and wake up anyway? that's all it is is waking up, right? Well, I'm sorry, but you are case in point that the answer is "no".
I'm not trying to be a downer here or to put you down or insult your efforts. Actually, I'm amazed by your determination and commitment, and having stuck with it for so long without making it all the way. That part is very impressive. I just think that you have the wrong motivation, and it could be the source of your difficulties.
So what I'm saying is that our subconsciouses are very strong, and the sleep deprivation you experience when you try to start a polyphasic sleep cycle is a very strong influence on your subconscious. The only conscious control you have over sleep is (for the most part) the time you set the alarm for. And I think you've shown us how readily a sleeping (subconscious) person can turn it off.
I realized this after reading your motivational letter to yourself, many posts back. It just seemed like you were really focused on impressing people.
Now of course, I could be totally wrong here, so don't get too mad at me ;)
So back in January, I wrote out my 7 goals for the year. It's been two months, so let's see how I'm doing :
1. Become FULLY polyphasic
I'm close on this one. Many days I go perfectly, sometimes if I have nothing to do I oversleep and then skip some naps during the day. I'm actually pretty satisfied with that, as I'm only sleeping 2.5-4.5 hours per night, I'm never tired, and can always count on being awake early and staying up late. I'll keep pressing to be more consistent, but I'm satisfied with where I am.
So, I've got some simple graphics going on for the game, going to be working on a simple interface system that I can use, just gotta make a generator for the buttons. I'm going to wrap up each button in a button down event, so each click, it figures out where you are clicking and does something. I could either do it that way, and have a handler for each button, or have each button be a different event with user events, and then push the events "manually" with the queue and have it react based on those events.
You know what else? I am sitting in a Safeway and I watch people walk by and it's kinda of crazy. I'm not a social butterfly or anything, but I've realized that in a crowd of people, I feel rather alone sometimes. In the same vein, I'm going to try to start making friends with people. I think I might be able to wrangle myself a car sometime this year or early next year, so that will contribute towards the adventure.
I'm kind of excited to get started at a community college, but I'm kind of dreading it as well. I don't know how to feel. I'd like to become part of something local and start meeting people, but school has never really appealed to me, and I don't want to turn my back on the shop so much.
I hear the phrase "It's always something" every once in a while. If it was one thing, I would be set! The problem is that it's always two things, or three things!