Sleep

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I know sleep is important. But I also know that I can run fine off of six hours of sleep a night. At least that’s what I thought.

A combination of sleeping only three to six hours a night, not eating a good breakfast with iron and protein (very important for a vegan) and hitting my head on a locker a couple weeks ago left me in pretty rough shape.

Doing freelance work as a journalist, I always have dozens of things on my to-do list and multiple places to go a day. So passing out from exhaustion and not taking proper care of myself is not okay. It’s not professional. It’s not healthy. But it is a good wake-up call.

I’ve come to a point where I’m so busy I need to schedule sleep into my life. So starting this week, I’m going to make sure to be in bed by 9:00 p.m. every night with an iron and protein packed smoothie waiting for me in the fridge when Working Titles wakes me up on my phone at 4:30 a.m.

Schedule, schedule, schedule

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I’ve been working from home for the past few weeks and I learned an important lesson: it’s really important to schedule your life when one isn’t made for you.

I woke up each morning knowing I had to put x number of hours into this project, finishing writing x article, take photos for x, respond to emails, clean my apartment, get groceries, make dinner and do a dozen other tasks.

So I’d wake up each morning, make myself coffee and breakfast, and then panic about how to finish everything. I’d start one task then partway through jump to another. I got frustrated and scatter brained and got nothing done.

And then I did this.

blogI schedule what I’m doing each hour of the day between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. From working on freelance articles to getting ready for the holidays, every hour I know what I need to be doing.

Here’s hoping this week goes more smoothly than the last few!