In order to get where I want to go next year, I have to be very strict with my time. When I’m not working a full time job at my local cinema then I’m concentrating on my music. My daily tasks currently consist of practicing my accordion, learning the piano and learning lots of music theory. However, whilst at the beginning of the year, this work load was quite light, it’s now getting pretty heavy to squeeze it all in.
I’ve therefore recently decided to be stricter with my sleep cycle. I did some research into sleeping and really liked the idea of polyphasic sleep where you only sleep for 2 hours a day by either having 30 minute naps every 6 hours, or 20 minute naps every 4 hours. Unfortunately, my job doesn’t really allow me to adopt this unusual sleep cycle, but my current sleep cycle definitely has room for improvement.
Normally I go to bed around 2am and sleep for around 8-10 hours. I do enjoy my sleep. However, some of that time could easily be spent awake with no adverse effects. In fact I find that at the moment if I sleep for too long then it becomes harder to get to sleep that night, and I can’t tend to do a lot of work after 1am so just end up watching TV for a few hours and then sleeping in even later the next morning. What an enormous waste of time!
So I’ve now set my alarm for 8am every morning. EVERY morning! And have limited myself to a maximum of 1 hour of TV a day. This doesn’t mean that I have to watch TV every day, some days I might not watch any at all, but if I do then I have to turn it off after an hour.
I always feel more productive in the mornings and so I’m confident this change will have a positive effect. As for the late nights, the early starts should mean I want to go to sleep earlier and therefore won’t be left awake long after everyone has gone to bed. And the time spent watching TV at night, could easily be spent in the morning practicing my accordion, learning the piano or developing my compositional skills and knowledge. It’s time to knuckle down!