Sleep Schedules versus Productivity

The other day, I was thinking about the balance between sleep and productivity.

I’ve always been a fairly light sleeper. I tend to sleep late and wake up early, so sleeping until 10 or 11am is considered “sleeping in” for me.

I’ve come to believe that waking up early lets you tackle the day with a fresh focus and new energy. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting stuff done before noon. The sense of accomplishment and productivity can be exhilarating.

In the afternoon, the day’s energy starts to wear off and the hours start ticking away easily whether you’re being productive or not.

Soon enough, you start telling yourself “I didn’t get around to it today, I’ll get to it tomorrow” and that’s how the list of things to do begins to pile up.

When it comes to sleep schedules and productivity, my experience tells me to sleep around 6-8 hours a day (max) and aim to wake early in the day (7-9am) to get a head start on getting things done.

It also helps to establish a rough to-do list of immediate items you want to tackle so you have something to work off of in the morning.

PC by day, Mac by night

Well, actually a more accurate way of putting it would be PC at work, Mac the rest of the time…

In any case, welcome to my blog: The home to the thoughts of a technology enthusiast that also happens to be a software developer. At work, I develop on the ASP.NET framework using the C# language by running Windows in a virtual machine (I still want access to my mac stuff too, you know).

Here, you will read about any thoughts that come across my mind, interesting things I discover or learn, and just anything in general that I want to share. I have no publication schedule in mind right now, though that may change, but for now I hope to start pumping out some posts shortly.