So recently Manish and I have been lazy about oversleeping and it has gotten out of control. I had two nights in a row where I overslept by a total of four hours. Manish has two nights with almost seven hours each. Not acceptable!
So... here's the deal. Each of us are putting up $1000. If ONE of us (no matter which) oversleeps for an hour or more, we have to each give up half our money. If both oversleep, we both give up our whole thousand.
Where does the money go? The Polynappers of Tomorrow Fund, which we'll create. People who are attempting the schedule can write us applications and if accepted we will buy them a good sleep mask, travel pillow, and loud portable alarm clock. If they succeed, it's theirs to keep. If they fail they send it back and send an additional $20 which gets added to the fund. At no point will Manish or I benefit from the fund, even if it grows to over $1000. We will also buy two copies of Claudio Stampi's book and loan them to anyone on request.
I'm going to Massachusetts this Friday, so the bet ends then, although it might be reinstated when I get back. I'll be there with my family, which should be interesting. I can have breakfast with my grandfather at 5am, hang with everyone all day, and stay up until 3am with my brothers and sister.
Interesting proposition for the non-profit. I'm a little interested in what you'll be doing with that.
Also, if you plan on taking it farther, like to the point of actually creating a 501c non-profit (if you're in the USA, anyway), you may want to look into hitting the local university's law school.
A while back, some friends and I were working to create a non-profit to promote the arts in our city. We found that the law school offered free legal advice to non-profit organizations (or those starting one). It provides good, real-world practice to the students (overseen by faculty), and provides a much-needed service to non-profit groups.
So the bad news is that I did oversleep by 75 minutes last night. I somehow slept through the compressor going off, which is mind boggling.
However, I'm looking forward to starting the Polynappers of the Future Fund. If any of you have good ideas for how we can spend the money, post it in the comments. We have $1000, and I think the first purchase will be buying two copies of the Claudio Stampi book. I read it last time I attempted this schedule and found it interesting.
The good news is that today has been rock solid, for me at least. I had three sketchy naps, two in cars and one in the plane, but I still felt refreshed each time. Right now I feel great, and I have only an hour and a half until my next nap. I'm extremely psyched about the schedule and I'm really looking forward to using it now that I'm here in Massachusetts with my family.
The Internal Scorecard
I think there's a tremendous amount of misconceptions regarding achievement, productivity, creativity, ambition, work, work rate, work ethic, and so on.
So I'm thinking of publishing some analysis weekly with examples of what happened in the week, successes and failures, noteworthy events, what I'm reading and listening to, and so on. If it goes well, I can give you a picture of a workweek for me, intermix tactics and techniques, and give you practical guidance about what's working well and what isn't.