GTD: Biphasic Sleep Experiment – Day 3
… and here we go again!
The day started brilliantly – I really felt like I was “starting to find my stride”. I awoke fresh, alert and not tired at all. I took the usual power nap at 1230-1300 to freshen up (looks like this will be here to stay) and all was well and rocking.
Sadly, it kind of broke down when I decided to meet some friends for lunch and then stay out. I ended up pushing my afternoon nap back by a couple of hours. Once I awoke from the nap, I did feel overly tired. However, a cuppa and a sandwich appears to have righted that.
Even better than yesterday, I can honestly say I cannot remember the last time I woke up feeling as good as I did this morning. The positive effect of the increased alertness and brain being “in gear” is just amplified by the fact that I am really getting stuff done (will cover in a bit). The reduced guilt of not crossing tasks off the list added to the feel good factor of not being a zombie really does make a happy geek!
Still suffering a little bit with the caffeine withdrawal, but I think the worst is definitely over. The smaller and lighter meals/snacks are really sitting better on the stomach too (I made sure today I had a smaller main meal and a slightly more substantial late-night snack).
Following on from my thoughts yesterday about how to measure productivity, this is what I have so far:
Total number of Pomodori/Iterations from The Pomodoro Technique completed.
11 – and still counting (will update before sleep) 13 in Total. However, I did take a massive break today (i.e. from 1300-1930) meeting friends for lunch and a catch-up. It was actually nice to just walk away from the list knowing I had actually done pretty much everything I wanted to get done today.
ToDo List Zero
Are all items that were on the “ToDo” list at the start of the day/added and urgent completed?
Yes! :) I also completed some additional items that I had marked for tomorrow.
All emails in the Inbox processed. (i.e. relevant tasks created/replies sent)
Yes. All that remains is two emails that have a reply pending, but they are not urgent. I have created tasks for tomorrow to review the draft content before sending.
I literally have no loose ends hanging around. I am reading a massive amount more, and what is best, is it seems to be being absorbed a lot quicker. My brain feels like it is on speed but just isn’t getting tired. It may sound like I am over-hyping it, but I am really NOT. I guess today I felt it a lot more since the overall tiredness is a lot less. I generally seem to be processing information faster. I have even spent some time today reading/watching talks on Wetware Refactoring and it all makes sense. In short, it is well known that the more you use the brain, the better it gets. It is a learning, adaptable machine. Just using it for an extra ~3 hours a day is bound to have a positive impact on it’s processing ability.
Still pending, although I did really get the stomp on when walking back home from the city centre (totalling a good 30 min walk). Like, seriously, I physically couldn’t walk any faster (would have to break into a run). I didn’t get tired at all.
I was worried that the hiccup caused by the late afternoon nap would really blow it, it is still early days and I expect to still be fragile. However, all seems well thus far.
I am genuinely starting to enjoy this experiment a lot more (now the tiredness is wearing off). I cannot wait until next week when ALL of my backlog of crappy items (will outline FYI) will be gone, FOREVER! I can then start on increasing my output of the cool stuff that I want to get done (both geeky and non-geeky).
These are tasks that have been mounting over the past few months.. Some sound silly, all easily done.
- 8 months backlog of blog posts tagged for later reading (this is now down to about 3 months – in three days).
- A tonne of washing that had just stacked up. This is now down to about 4 more loads, but everything is DONE – i.e everything washed is ironed and put away (I would never be up to date with ironing).
- Sorting of books for reading, and actually reading them. I completed “The Art of Unit Testing” in a few days and I am now about 10% through “Agile in an Imperfect World”. This is of course all on top of the reading taking place in the RSS feeds.
- General cleanup/review of GTD process to better tie in with how I operate. Something was amiss or I wouldn’t have been in this mess right? :)