Permission to sleep

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Ok, this is weird – two blog posts in two days. I promise you won’t hear from me so much in the future ;) .

The title of this post comes from a thought I had, lying here in bed. I’ve always been a night owl, always periodically found myself awake far too late, when all the sensible people are asleep. Part of me likes this time when there isn’t anyone to distract me. Part of me thinks it’s awfully lonely. But here’s my point – I need to learn to give myself permission to sleep. After a long day’s work, my brain is tired, but still literally buzzing with activity. The frenzy of mental exertion that is my workday, working as a flash programmer, doesn’t easily stop just because I turn off the computer and get in bed. Instead, I often find myself unable to sleep as my mind relentlessly turns. Sometimes, I must admit, I’m reluctant to listen to my body and come down off the mental high once the end of the day hits. My body is complaining, begging me to sleep, while my mind chants “more, more, more!” The older I get, the less benefit I get from burning the candle at both ends. In other words, this is not a sustainable behavior. And since I am busier than ever, I need to get my sleeping habits in order so I can keep a schedule, and maintain an adult work week.

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thoughts on multitasking and relaxation

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

multitaskingI am a chronic multitasker.  I am always doing it, no matter where I am.  I can’t resist opening the laptop while watching TV, or checking my email constantly throughout the day, or putting someone on speakerphone to check the text that just came in.  Sometimes I’m on the phone, texting and chatting online all at the same time.  I am a multitasking addict. (more…)