Summer of Sleep

keep sleeping

School has begun, again

I can’t believe that summer is over and my son Jake started 5th grade this week. It felt like I was just writing to you all about my Summer of Getting It Done, I blinked and now I’m back to sitting in the school carline.

So did I have a productive summer or did I end up like 2013, with that feeling of productive dissatisfaction?

Honestly, I didn’t get as much done as I wanted but there’s probably a good chance that I put more pressure on myself than I should. This summer I was able to work, write and think about the authentic journey I’m on.

And I slept.

The alarm clock went off sometime after the sun had been up. And some days, I laid in bed for awhile and just thought about what I was going to do that day. Overall, I probably lost some hours in my work week from new morning routine but I felt good. I felt strong.

And I’m convinced that my productivity of the summer was directly connected to the increase in sleeping.

Even my friend and accountability partner Gennia noticed the change. At one of our meetings, she asked me how I got all this stuff done over the summer. She said, “Every time you send me your weekly check-in list, you’re on to the next step, the next project and launching the next thing. How do you do that?”

Since she’s my friend, I couldn’t give her that BS answer, “Oh, I just love my work. I love to get up and fill my days with making all this great stuff to share with others.” That would just make her laugh. She knows me better than that.

So I told her my truth. I said, “Most days, I feel like a shark. You know how they say that sharks need to keep moving, keep swimming to breathe or they die? I’m like a shark. I need to keep moving, creating, working or I’ll die.”


how much sleep


Our first week of school

Now school has started and the alarm clock goes off just as the sun is coming up. It’s been a week of feeling tired. And I’m having all these *tired* conversations.

Like with the TV remote – I’m really tired of you deciding when you’ll work. Please stop.

To one of my clients – I’m tired of the delays. Just let me know what you want and please stop the back and forth emails.

To Jake – I’m tired of this new behavior of yours (actually, it’s a re-worked behavior of not listening). Please stop.

As we reached the end of this long week, I’m just plain tired.

I’ve gone back to losing hours in my work week with the school pickup schedule but in a weird way, it was actually OK. I learned how to streamline my shark-like productivity skills. I can still get more done with less hours.

It’s just harder to concentrate because of being so, well, you know, tired.

When I took a break away from my desk for lunch on Wednesday, it took all my strength to go back to my laptop. It would have been so easy to crawl into bed and watch the HGTV Buying and Selling marathon with those twins Drew and Jonathon.

I mean, seriously, how cute are these guys? I could have watched them host home improvement shows and clicked around on Pinterest for the rest of the day.

But I didn’t because I’m a shark. And sharks need to keep moving to keep breathing. And no one likes to be around a dead shark.


dear sleep




9 thoughts on “Summer of Sleep

  1. I’ve been trying to do the same thing as far as sleep is concerned. I’ve never been someone who slept late, so for me it’s Napping 101. Even if I hit the couch for 15 minutes, I feel better.
    I am addicted to Drew & Jonathan! They could re-do and sell a dog house, as long as they’re doing the job.

  2. A shark huh – intense miss. Extra sleep is the key you say. I’m not sure that always works for me. It’s hard for me to remember when i was getting alot of sleep. However, as I make do on less I tend to need less.

  3. I love the summer, I shut off my alarm clock! But this summer, I got up even earlier because I had made a fitness commitment to myself, so while I was getting to work later than normal, I was getting up earlier so I could exercise.

    And, I discovered that I can fit an 8 hour day into 6. I hate to admit it to anyone, and there are plenty of weeks that I spend a few hours working on the weekends, but by doing that, and stating the word “Priority”, I’ve been so much more productive!!

    (I no longer say “I don’t have time for that” I say “It’s not a priority”. So, when Travis wants to do something together, it’s easy to say I don’t have time, it’s harder to say he’s not a priority. When I made a commitment to be healthier, it’s easier to say I don’t have time to work out vs. It’s not a priority! I am currently shifting my paradigm! But don’t get me wrong, I’ve had to listen to my body! This Sunday, I slept until 7:30, and I had to get up or we’d be late for church!)


    • I noticed all the fitness challenges you’ve been doing. Hope all that getting up early is paying off πŸ™‚

      I know what you mean about changing your mindset and figuring out what’s a priority. It really is such a mental thing and until you start to notice these things, you never really know how much you are in control of your world. The way you feel, the way you react to things, everything.

      Glad to hear that you’re making these shifts πŸ™‚

  4. I have lived huge chunks of my life on limited sleep but every time I find a way to consistently get more I find myself getting a bit more done. I keep saying I am going to focus on making that happen consistently and yet I seem to fall short.

    • I hate to say this but that lack of sleep stuff worked when we were younger but now, it just affects our bodies more. I still can’t sleep like I did as a teenager, but it’s a good day if I can sleep past 8:30am πŸ™‚

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