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Why and How to Be On Time

For about a year now, I've been very punctual. Before making a concerted effort to be on time to everything, I was like any other average person-- sometimes on time, often a few minutes late, occasionally very late. When I identify something I'm bad at, especially something with a prescription that requires little more than willpower, I get very excited about it. That isn't to say that there are so few of these things that they're hard to find, just that introspection can be difficult, making identifying personal weaknesses tricky.

My initial impetus to become punctual was partly that it was an easily correctable deficiency, and partly that it seemed like a trait of a champion. Would most people I admire show up on time to things? Yes, they would.

As I thought more about it, especially during the early phases where being on time was a bit of a challenge, I realized that punctuality is more than just being on time. It's an extension of your honesty.

It is very important to me to never lie. I'm not perfect, of course, but because this is such an important thing to me, I do a good job of it most of the time. When I thought about it, though, if I say that I'm going to be somewhere at ten thirty, and I show up at ten thirty-four, that's a lie. It's a small lie, but it's a lie nonetheless. Even small lies have an effect, both on others and myself.

Why I wish I was an early bird

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Staying up late. We've all had to do it. We've all faced that upcoming exam or book report which for some reason could only be conquered through blood-shot eyes and a tall can of caffeine. Some of my best, if not hopelessly procrastinated, work has been churned out in the wee hours of the morning, but I've been having a change of heart recently. I wish I slept more. Don't get me wrong, I love staying up late. Some of my best memories take place in the dead of night, saturated with Taco Bell, friends, and Netflix bingeing. Yet, I've always wanted to be a morning person. I've always wanted to be able to wake up early with the sun. There is something appealing about that. I love the notion of being alive before anybody else and feeling the cool air reassure me of a new day. However the reality of my life is much different. My mornings at college consist of waking up 5 minutes before class, taking a quick cologne shower, and bolting out the door.

So why do we stay up late? Why do some people have a certain urge to see what happens after all is quiet and still? I've found that living on campus in a dorm of my peers hasn't exactly added to my REM cycles, but it's been this way for a long while. I've always stayed up late, even when I didn't have to. It's almost as though I find any excuse not to sleep. After all, one more episode of The Office can't hurt right? Right...? They say that everybody needs 6-8 hours of sleep a night. If you're like me, you tell yourself that you're one of the special few that only needs 6 hours of sleep. You then convince yourself that everything will be okay by saying, "I'll just finish this episode of CSI and get 5 hours of sleep." Before you know it, you're sitting in physics trying to keep your eyes from burning out of their sockets.

There are many things I could do differently to get better sleep, but here are 3 laws I'm going to live by:

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