The past week has been a muddle... I've not been good at keeping my calendar schedule every day, but I've been working- jumping from one thing to the next, while trying to keep the other stuff I need to do 'in my head'. I couldn't figure out why I've been so allovertheplace. I made many attempts at sitting down with my planner (the physical and digital calendar) to write everything down, keep track of projects and appointments...but it didn't give me the peace of mind that it usually does. My brain still felt jumbled.
I realised mid week that I've been operating on about 6 hours of sleep a day, every day for the past few weeks. I get 7 hours in the odd time, but I haven't had a good 8 hours of sleep in a WHILE! I used to be such a stickler for sleep, insisting that I couldn't operate on anything less than 8! Then it went down to 7....and now 6? Gross.
The lack of sleep seems to stem from two things: Firstly, the hours I feel productive. I typically get a second wind in the evening, after dinner. But I also like waking up early in the morning, taking my time to be about the apartment before I start work. I've been having trouble waking up in the morning (I know, what a surprise), so I start about an hour later than I am happy with, so the day feels shorter, which is a crappy feeling (I have so much to do, in less time!) It also stems from the fact that I don't keep any 'work hours'. Any time I'm not being social, running errands, or watching a movie, I'm working. And I was starting to refer to all these non-work events (even running errands!) as 'time off'! C reminded me the other day that the 'restofit' is life, not 'time off', and I should treat it as such.
It's a bit hard to manage, how many hours should I work? I'm prepping for a show, it's a growing business, and I have so many projects to attend to. Anyway, before I figure THAT out, I realised that one of the most important things I need is sleep.
Here's an interesting article (warning, it's a bit long!) about sleep cycles and how they don't necessarily correlate to socially acceptable work/school hours.
I would love to hear in the comments below the number of hours of sleep you get a (regular work) night and whether you think it's an adequate amount. A mini poll, if you will. :)
I've figured with a good sleep every night I will be more rested, and hopefully that will lead to more of a rested mind. Working productively is way better than working allthetime!
In other news, I did some printing at the beautiful open studio last week, and got some pictures of my works in progress.
On the docket this week is finishing up designs for new cards, printing another set of new cards, new linocuts, appointments, and wedding design stuff! phew...jam packed. :) All after getting 8 hours of sleep in...should be doable right?
Have a great week!