Happy Friday Dear Readers,
As many of you know, I have a tough few years ahead as I attempt to achieve several big goals in my life. Some of these goals are mentioned here.
In order to do this and not burn myself out, several things have to change. I've decided to tackle one of these changes each month--let's call them "better life challenges". Maybe some of you would like to take on these challenges with me, or come up with some of your own.
Some of these changes I've attempted before, but not with any lasting success. The ones that are the most difficult are the ones that are the most contrary to my nature, but until I'm living the life I want, they are necessary.
The first challenge may also be the hardest. March's Better Life Challenge is....
Get More Sleep.
I've written about this before. I'm a notorious night owl. I think sleeping is the biggest waste of time, so I put it off as long as possible. There is always something more interesting to do. But since I want to wake up at 6 a.m. each day to work on my novel, getting to bed at 2 a.m. isn't going to cut it.
Lack of sleep definitely contributes to burn-out. It makes me tired throughout the day, and it's more of a challenge to get to the gym. It drastically affects my energy levels, and it could be cutting my life short...who knows? All I do know is that I feel better when I get eight hours of sleep or more each night.
So here's the challenge defined: for the month of March, I will go to bed at 10 pm (10:30 at the very latest) each night of the weekday. I'll report back if I'm noticing any difference in my life, or if I'm struggling to stick to it. If it works out well, I'll try to keep it going past March.
On the weekends, I'm going to be more lax, but I'll still try to get to bed before 4 a.m. so I'm not completely wrecked the next day.
Wish me luck! What is one thing you'd like to change about your life this month? Do you get enough sleep?