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Friday, November 17, 2006

Here we go again...

My sleep schedule is all f*cked up again. One of the most challenging things about not having a set time that you have to do your work is that you don't have a heck of a lot of motivation to get out of bed. I've also been doing better with balancing my schedule this month, so I'm working less hours and being more efficient with my time. As great as that is, that makes me feel like I can sleep as late as I feel like.

I tend to get in bed around 12, fall asleep around 12:30, and get up any time between 8:30 and 10:30. After 8 I'm usually awake, but I kind of lay there and fade in and out of sleep because there is no urgency to get up. I still get everything I need done in the day and I've been spending more time doing things that aren't work related that I enjoy.

But in reality, a healthy young man like myself needs 6-8 hours of sleep (or so the studies say), and I'm getting too much. I think part of it is that I don't have anything in particular that I want to do with my extra time. So I've decided to start sleeping until 7:30, which will give me 7 hours and give me a quick start to my day. Believe it or not, I might actually be able to spend my nights and weekends doing some of the things I've put on the backburner these past few years.

I'm always trying to be more efficient, in business and in life. I feel like my work is pretty damn efficient, but my life isn't. I don't place a high enough of a priority on doing stuff outside of work because the past few years of working my ass off has gotten me used to feeling like I'm working 24/7, and I'm almost "lost" if I don't have that feeling. I think that as entrepreneurs we get stuck in that "work mode" and get used to being in it all day long. I've grown to require very little non work time compared to most people.

As life goes on though, I'm going to miss out on things that I don't want to miss out on if I don't start making my non-work time a priority, and it starts with sleeping less and spending my extra time doing volunteer work, reading fiction books, hanging out with friends, playing bball, playing video games, and all of the other stuff I don't do enough of right now. Those extra few hours a day can be used for all of the above, making me a better person and in turn a better entrepreneur. Funny how a new sleep schedule can help change your life, but I really think it can for me.

Now, the big test - the alarm is set. Will I actually get up? Can I hang on for a week? I know that after a week or two my body will be used to 7:30, so the toughest day will the first one. Isn't it ironic that I'm disciplined and focused enough to quit my job and start my own business, but not enough to get up when the alarm sounds?

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