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Lately, I concluded to raise my priority of my sleep. Although it appears that sleeping more leaves less time in the day to accomplish tasks, I concluded that the rate at which the tasks are I accomplish tasks on less sleep is significantly slower. It is so much slower that it is simply better to sprint through tasks than to drudge through them.

For a busy person like me, sleep seems to be the lowest cost way to acquire more time, but unfortunately, that time only is borrowed and must be paid back, sometimes with interest. It is still better to invest time to plan how to maximize the short time I have than to try to stretch that time I have further. It seems paradoxical, but this is where I stand today.

Supporting information

Typically, to arrive at conclusions like this, significant data gathering is required upon which to make some calculations let the answer bubble up to the top. Productivity is not everything because lifespan is more important to me, while …

  • loosing sleep
  • getting fat from slower metabolism due to lack of sleep
  • not getting the most of our work out due to lack of sleep and slower metabolic rate
  • skipping workouts because I am too tired
  • less stress required to anger me
  • compromised immune system

… all contribute to the cost of borrowing time against sleep. To me, these are very high costs.

Furthermore, I have listened to several scientific podcasts, and the guests on these shows can draw certain conclusions, although with less confidence, with simple gut instinct, especially when it comes to evaluating the feeling experience of a person.


Learning in Your Sleep

Sleep Selectively Stores Useful Memories

How I do it

I am one of those people who like to plan things very thoroughly, especially if a subject matter that is dear to me. My mind almost always stops before every decision to first decide how much time to spend on arriving at best decisions. For example, I used to plan trips to the grocery store much more than I do now to avoid the cost of time of driving to store more frequently than necessary, but lately, I relaxed on the planning and make faster, sloppier shopping lists, if one at all, and just do the rest from memory.

For the less repetitive tasks, I like to deeply imagine, almost to the verge of meditation, the entire process of completing a complex task (or mini-project), and then write it down. Ultimately, my tasks are entered and organized in Taskcoach, and from there, I make a daily agenda of tasks or steps to accomplish in a given day. These steps may not all be related to one project. The most important thing for me is to avoid stopping to think of what to do next because, after all, I have very little time home because I work a full workweek, which is much more time-consuming than I ever imagined.

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