Friday, October 15, 2004

Important Stuff and Other Stuff

Sometimes, it is all one can do just to keep up with the day. Tuesday through today would fit that description quite well. A week full of projects, assignments, meetings, tests and yes, even a little bit of burn out. When running the race of life, it becomes necessary to find ways to keep the batteries charged. I am hoping that this I can do a little bit of that this weekend. If I manage to catch up on my schoolwork, I am sure that I will have a better outlook on things. But as it stands this very moment, I need to have some critical one on one time with the schoolbooks. Sometimes, when a class gets particularly hard I have the tendency to work on other stuff, rather than working on gaining a greater understanding of important stuff. This weekend, I hope to be able to do some of the important stuff. It may even prove somewhat relaxing as some of what I need to do is just reading. It will just be a matter of setting aside the time to do it.

My father has been a large believer in this thing called sleep debt. I however have remained critical of this theory until recently. The fact that I could fall asleep nearly on demand, provided that excessive amounts of caffeine are not coursing through my veins had led me to believe that I need to be better about sleeping. If I intend on getting up each day by 6:16 am then I really need to be in bed by 10:15. For some reason, eight hours seems to be what I need. Any less and functioning is just too difficult. Getting any more is also quite the challenge, as the time just doesn’t seem to be available. Sleep is such a perpetuating problem. Like today for example, I am just dead tired as I sit here writing, but I am afraid to take a nap as if I did, I wouldn’t be able to fall asleep at 10:15. The other thing I have learned, is that drinking a redbull at noon, in order to be awake for afternoon classes isn’t the brightest thing to do either, as it makes it so that I am not tired at normal bedtime.

How do my fellow classmates do it? I really don’t know. All I do know is that I need to sleep more, and that I need to be more diligent about studying the important stuff.
So the weekend is upon us. There is a list of things that must be done, and a list of things that I would like to do. Let’s hope that I can find balance, sleep, and success in the to-do.

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