A simple procrastination hack that helps me get more sleep and stay productive

Insomnia episode: It’s late at night. My wife is asleep. My two daughters are too. I’m the only one awake and … I’m so excited because I can finally get some work done! My mind is bursting with things that I could do. Read a book, write a blog post, learn something new (in this case its IOS / Web dev), do some other task that’s been on my list for a while.

In my excitement to be productive, I choose 2 or 3 things and try to do them all at the same time, as well as checking my mail, facebook, feedly, linkedin, twitter, etc… Before I know it, it’s 2 or 3am, and I haven’t actually completed any single task.

Sound’s familiar? Yup, this has happened too many times for me. It’s my own form of insomnia. Whenever I lie down to sleep, my mind just suddenly fills up… with things I’d like to do, things I’m not yet finished with, and a host of other ideas. I know I need to sleep. But with my mind running at the speed of thought, what am I to do?

A solution occurred to me just the other day.

In Psalm 127 it says

Unless the Lord builds the house,
    the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
    the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early
    and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
    for he grants sleep to those he loves.

 

2 thoughts I get from this that changed my nightly habits:

He gives sleep. Everybody knows that sleep is important. But when there’s something to do, its hard to put it down. This verse says that God gives sleep, and so it should be a priority.

Unless the Lord builds the house… Ultimately, any success is from God. It’s not based on how much I can do in one night. It’s better to keep my peace and leave things in His hands for tonight.

 

My procrastination hack for more sleep

Now, I recognize the importance of winding down and getting to sleep. So when my mind is buzzing at bedtime, instead of getting up and trying to be superman, what I do is procrastinate. I take out my notebook and list down all the things I want to do tomorrow.

It gives me a couple of benefits:

  1. I find that putting it on paper helps me relax and clears my head. I can soon fall asleep after.
  2. It also gives me a good head start the next day. With my agenda all set, I can just review it and rank the most important tasks with a fresh mind.

 


 

So that’s it. I hope it helps. till next time. I have a lot of updates to share with you guys in the coming weeks. Stay tuned 🙂

Question: Do you have mild insomnia episodes? How do you handle them?

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