No more naps. Mostly.

In July I decided to try out a biphasic sleep experiment.

If I’m honest I enjoyed doing it (and I actually think it could be better for me).

But maintaining any sort of routine was difficult. For example, I’ve always found maintaining a regular sleep pattern through the weekend is difficult. Add in a planned mid-day nap and it’s even more difficult.

Will I continue with this? Not entirely. While I won’t plan on a regular mid day nap I can’t promise it might not happen.

Will I try again in the future? Yes, I think I will. One of the bigger factors is kids. Once they are older and more independent it might be worth a second shot.

Until then, I’ll have to stick with a regular monophasic routine.

Is it worth writing down?

I’ve been reading about people who are considering getting rid of their “to do” lists. Stating that if it’s important enough to remember then they will do it.

Maybe it’s just me, but I look at it this way: if it’s important enough to do, then it’s worth writing down.

Conversational steering

There are three types of casual conversations. For simplicity, I’m referring to a conversation between two people only.

Ideally you have two ‘passengers’ on a journey. It flows naturally, effort is not required and the experience is enjoyable.

There are also instances where one person is trying to steer the conversation (I was recently that person, which lead me to write this). This becomes awkward. It’s not natural. Usually the steering happens because the steerer has a specific idea they want to work towards. They aren’t being present with their audience.

Finally you have conversations where both parties are steering. This is the worst. They are fighting between two different directions and it’s awkward. It’s worth avoiding these types of conversations.

Lack of what?

Lack of inspiration is really just lack of discipline.

That might be the biggest lesson I’ve learned in this whole blogging experience. If we aren’t inspired to write (or create anything), that’s our fault. That’s on us.

“Aha” moments happens when we put in intentional effort for them to take form. They feel like they come out of nowhere, but really they come out of focus.

Customer focus

Customer focus doesn’t mean doing more things to serve more customers. It means doing less things, better.

The logic can probably apply in our personal lives as well. For example, with family, maybe it’s not about doing more things together, it’s about doing less things better.

Spend it or lose it

Time is a funny thing. Unlike money we can’t save it. We have to spend it, or we lose it.

And what we decide to spend it on determines exactly what we become.

Spend it doing nothing, become nothing.

Spend it being lazy, become lazy.

Let’s spend it wisely.

The reverse clause

One of my favourite things about Stoicsm.

Basically whatever happens to us we should have a “reverse clause” ready to turn anything negative into a positive.

Bad traffic – More time to listen to music/podcast.

Bad weather – Excuse to spend time indoors and enjoy a book.

Crying kids – A chance to exercise our “patience” muscles.