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Discussion in 'Events & Challenges' started by Force Majeure, Jul 28, 2018.
That's a great deadline for sure! What are you going to do in the evening, are you planning to read a lot of books, work out, meditate, etc? I am getting curious
Today I started a new challenge: The 30 day no lazy phone use challenge. Every time you are using your phone you should stand up. How hard can it be? I will soon know. Join me if you want to be an early adopter
Day 0 - will stop at 9 pm
On time again.
You are a master challenger! But I'm happy to say that phone use is not an issue for me.
I‘m going to set my deadline for weekend to 11pm as it‘s way easier for me.
I was reading a book on my computer and finished a chapter at 21:05.
I realized I was lacking something from this challenge, as I wasn't getting that much better sleep or that much more productive days. The problem - and the difference to previous times - was that I wasn't waking up early. Making your evenings distraction free combined with waking up early is the thing. That's what sets the structure of your days just right. And it happens pretty naturally, in fact.
So, for this morning I set my alarm for 6am, which isn't even very early, but it immediately created a great start for my day.
That's great you've found the secret recipe that works for you. You are probably very right as well, if you don't wake up early then you probably have too much energy left when the night comes. Since I already go up early I haven't actually thought so much about this. However, it really took many years for me to find my secret formula but at least I have found it now: my deadline is at 22:25 and I go to bed a few minutes after that if not earlier, then I wake up by myself, more often than not, before 06:00.
Yes, that's what really happens. And one mechanism through which it can happen is, if there is ambiguity about when you're going to get up. Then you're probably going to get up a little later.
One thing that I've been wondering about is how you can get sleep so soon after your deadline.
After thinking a while about your question I finally have a good answer. It's because I have found the perfect proportion between awake and asleep that works for me. If I sleep for too long I have trouble going to bed the same time as I did the night before. This leads to a shortened night afterwards since everyone will wake up before I get enough sleep. The worst part is what follows: If I've had too little sleep, I have a very hard time falling asleep the night after, which ultimately produces a bad spiral of too little sleep every night. After a few nights I am so tired I go to bed like 8:30 pm and fall a sleep one to three hours later, but at least I get enough sleep then and I am back on track.
So coming back to your question, If I sleep too much, I will sleep too little the next night. If I sleep too little, I will sleep too little again and again until I finally manage to get one good night. It's terrible to be in this cycle but the good news is that it got better 274 days ago and it completely disappeared after I started this challenge seven months ago. Having found the perfect amount of sleep in order to be just enough tired to fall asleep almost the same time as the night before... that's the trick.
One addition: If I feel a bit fried in the brain of a too intensive day, I also take a cold shower just before I go to bed. This really helps: it's like flushing all your thoughts down the toilet. Or close down applications to speed up the hibernation process
Thanks for your thoughts. So having routines or habits is important.
Last night my computer survived till 21:10.
I am proud of you, keep it up!
0/30 15min over the Deadline
Damn it’s really not that easy
Right on time. At least a week to go.
I'm in too ! My target is to stop using any device by 9pm and use only after 8am.
Also feel free to check out my journal. I'll be posting new stuff later today
Are you using a mac? If so I have a script that can help you, it makes your computer go to sleep automatically once every minute after a specified time. My deadline is at 22:25 and my computer goes to sleep at 22:22, then if I need to finish something before deadline I can wake the computer up again and I have some seconds left until it sleeps again 22:23...