Ladies and gents, I will be tackling a new self-improvement oriented project every month. At the end of the month, I will update you on my efforts, how the experiment affected other areas of my life, and whether or not I think each habit is worth maintaining.
October 2016’s Experiment: Bedtime
Where to start? By setting a reasonable bedtime for the month, and keeping a chart of my results. I tend to stay up until 11 or later, then wake up feeling horrible about life. Most mornings I throw on some clothes, try to scarf down breakfast, and arrive at work still feeling bleary and unprepared. That’s how it feels anyway, and it’s senseless.
Here’s the plan: I’ll aim to be in bed by 10 PM, and keep a record of my actual bedtime results. Bedtime stories are permissible.
Notice that I haven’t specified a wake-up time; by the end of the month, I should have a clearer idea of how much sleep I truly need. Recently, I’ve been setting my morning alarm for 7 AM but not dragging myself out of bed until 7:30. Not great.
I don’t expect breeze through this month’s Experiment. Truth be known, it’s just past 11 PM now, so I’m off to a rotten start. Still, I’m planting the seeds of a foundational habit, and it’s bound to be an educational month.
How do you feel about bedtime? Friend or foe? And what changes would you like to make in the month of October?