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Sleeping Less Than Eight Hours Per Night?

Got a good question from a reader about sleep. One of my goals is to sleep less than 8 hours/night

Hello, and thanks for inviting your blog visitors to email you directly. I just came across your site today, and got some good reading out of your "top stories" list. What compelled me to write, though, was a trend I noticed on some of your "goals" posts: sleeping less than 8 hours per night.

It caught my attention, because at first glance it looks counter-intuitive. Yet I understand exactly what you mean.

Cut. Return to monologue later. Get to the askin':

How is it working out for you?

The internet is low-return entertainment

On minimalift

It’s not good enough. I wouldn’t be acting like this if I had children to feed. I’m too comfortable. I joked the other day that marriage has made me flabby and weak. In truth, the time off was well spent but in returning to “normal” I’ve embraced the worst and shunned the best of my routines.

I love ritual as a concept. Regular, reoccurring beneficial activities. My most enjoyable days are like clockwork, with the “big rocks” toppling early. When I evaluate honestly, using the internet like a replacement television is far and away the largest obstruction to my productivity, and removing it as an obstruction the biggest win. Honestly, I am better off dedicating my free time to quality video games.

What does an ideal or perfect day look like? You’ll see exercises like this commonly in business, marketing or personal development seminars. Usually there’s a financial focus - work out the cost of your perfect day and you can plan your income requirements around it. The trouble with this approach is that financial freedom is more than replicating the same day over and over. My wedding day was pretty perfect but I’d need a fair chunk of cash to have another one! Anyhow, never mind the money and the concept of perfect. Instead, let’s ask a better question: what does an optimum “normal” day look like for me? I often toy with the concept of templating my best self. This should get me pretty close (and close the loop on it once and for all):

More than eight hours sleep. Ten is great.

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