Outsourcing Labor To Become Super-Dad

Outsourcing labor has come to be a taboo phrase. The fact is, outsourcing labor is quite the opposite. In a world that is often too fast-paced where leaders feel overworked, outsourcing labor can be your key to becoming a super-dad, just in time for Father’s Day.

“Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow, and in your haste, not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch, let a friendship die, ’cause you never had time to call and say hi?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast, time is short, the music won’t last.”
This is my favorite quotation from David L. Weatherford’s poem “Slow Dance.”

Everyone can relate to Weatherford’s poem. Too often we are so preoccupied be getting things done that we don’t notice the things that are passing us by and the people our To Do Lists are hurting.

Your life could be much more fulfilling if you didn’t have all these small nagging tasks to get done every day. Trust me, I know your feeling. But there is help, a cure. The cure is called “Outsourcing Labor.”

Outsourcing labor and other tasks opens margin in your life. If can provide you with the much needed time to watch your son’s practice, play with the dog, and talk with your wife. Embrace the idea of outsourcing labor and never say “we’ll do it tomorrow” again.

Tips for outsourcing labor:

1. Catalog – Take note for one week of everything that’s taking time away from you enjoying your life. This will help you identify areas that you can outsource and areas that must remain in house.
2. Automation – Robots have come a long way since C3PO. I currently own an iRobot Roomba 770 Vacuum Cleaning Robot, Cube Hard Floor cleaner, and soon will own a robotic lawn mower. These litte guys eliminate 2 hours of work I must do each week.
3. Re-design – Are there areas where you can restructure the things that are taking up your time? For instance, how much time do you waste preparing meals and cleaning afterwards? I suggest finding a healthy place to pick up from. Last night I had a steak, steamed vegetables, and a salad for dinner. I picked it up on my way home. It cost me 5 minutes as apposed to the 1 hour or more I would have spent preparing, cooking, and cleaning.
4. Service Companies – Do you ever take your clothes to the dry cleaners? This is a form of outsourcing labor, but enriches the economy and provides for the propietors. Find other areas where you can do this. Many laundry companies offer laundry services. For $40 I can save 4 hours a week by not doing my own laundry.
5. Help Sole-Proprietors – Thanks to sites like Craigslist, Care.com, and others, it is simple to find good help. Need a your car washed? I bet you can find someone who will do it right in your driveway. And for tasks like running to the post office, grocery shopping, and even picking up your drycleaning, try TaskRabbit.com or Needto.com.

The possibilities for buying time via outsourcing labor are almost endless. When you outsource labor it is a win-win for both parties. You can buy more time with your loved ones while providing a living for others. My only caution, don’t give up the opportunity for family time. I prefer to pick up food, because we can still eat as a family at our own table, no distractions. Except now, I have no dishes to clean so I can go right outside with my son and play in the yard.

How many hours of family time could you find in an given week?

Using Philips GoLITE To Become A Morning Person

Enter Grok, the primitive cave man living waking up at sunrise somewhere with the dinosaurs.  The early light of the morning passes between the edges of the cave entrance and the rock covering he uses as a door.  This is his version of the Philips GoLITE.  Grok quickly rises, stretches, then sets out for his morning hunt.

Philips GoLITE

George Lois, the original Mad Man, though he was way more impressive in real life, claims to have only slept 3 hours a night!  As a business leader, I have always been envious.  For me, my mornings have always consisted of exactly three things, oversleeping, grogginess, and wasteful procrastination.  I wanted to find the secret to waking up at sunrise.

I used to wake at 7:40 am, arrive at the office around 8:15 am, and actually start working around 9:30 am.  Then I discovered the Philips goLITE BLU Light Therapy Device.  The GoLITE does for us nocturnal animals what the sun did for Grok.

I won’t get too scientific here but there are certain chemicals released into the body the instant sunlight hits our eyes.  The same is true when we are in darkness.  The body is programmed to make itself tired when the sun goes down, and energized when the sun comes up.

We humans have destroyed this program and overwritten it with Venti Lattes, flourecent lights, window shades, and even our computer screens beaming light into our eyes just before bed.  No wonder people struggle to become early risers.  For those who wish to be an early riser, there is the Philips GoLITE.

Often referenced by Tim Ferriss and Michael Hyatt, two guys I follow closely, I decided to try one.  What could I lose, I had tried just about everything else on the market.  To my astonishment, the Phillip’s GoLITE works!

Why I use the Philips GoLITE everyday:

Mimic The Sun – The blue of the GoLITE mimics the blue of the sky exposing you to more sunlight.  We are meant to be out in the sunlight all day.  This exposure helps our body notice the sunset and make us tired.  Unfortunatly, with the modern office, it just isn’t practical.

Wake Early – The Philips goLITE BLU Light Therapy Device is your answer to that annoying alarm clock you’ve learned to ignore.  Rather than jolting you from your sleep, the Philips GoLITE will trigger the natural human waking experience leaving your refreshed and energized.  I use it in the mornings while I read.  By the time I arrive to the office, at 8am now, I’m wide awake and productive.

Stay Energized – The Philips GoLite also sits next to my computer on my desk.  Around Allied Equipment, the coffee begins flowing again at 3pm for an afternoon pick me up.  Not for me however, I have the sun on my desk to provide all the natural energy I need without the 6pm crash.

The Philips goLITE BLU Light Therapy Device has become an critical component of my energy ritual.  To truly harness a high level of energy and productivity, you must be intentional about it.  I have a whole ritual, from the foods I consume to the Philips GoLITE, and physical activity, that creates the ideal energy level to fuel my day.  Grok would be proud.

Becoming James Bond – Insane Focus

It is almost certainly always a matter of life and death. Resurection is his specialty, but this time I’m not sure he’ll survive. He does survive, of course, as James Bond always does.

James Bond Focus

I admire his level of focus and drive. James Bond is playing in the background as I write most nights. The purpose is two-fold. The movies provide a short mind break that is full of cinematic creativity. The second purpose is inspiration. How can you watch James Bond being James Bond without secretly feeling like your own little 007?

In true benchmarking style, I of course find things in James Bond that interest me. How does he achieve such a high level of awesome? How can I become a secret agent capable of achieving insane results with such style and class?

I’ve set out to boil down what makes James Bond so interesting to men around the world. All the gun fighting and Vesper Martinis aside, how can the average Joe become a low level James Bond? What makes Bond Bond, is his level of focus. Here is how to achieve James Bond style focus.

  1. Disregard Consequences – Would you jump on a moving train? I wouldn’t either, but James Bond would, and does. His mind is set on his target and he will literally do whatever it takes to obtain that target. We too can provide this level of focus to achieving our goals by becoming more like James Bond.
  2. Live It – James Bond doesn’t pretend to be or wish he were James Bond like you and I do, he is James Bond. If you want to be a writer, don’t wish you were a writer, BE A WRITER.
  3. Avoid Waste – Which Bond film was it where he did the laundry and mowed the yard? James Bond lives his lifestyle 100% of the time. If you want to be something, you must be it 100% of the time and avoid everything else. If you want to be a writer, do everything a writer does, nothing else.
  4. Design Your Tasks – James Bond does everything he needs to be James Bond. He exercises because he must be in shape to relentlessly pursue his target. His life literally depends on it. You should do all the tasks you must do to become what you want to be as if your life depended on it. Because your life actually does depend on it. If you’re going to live the life you want, you must do everything that is required of you to obtain that life.

When we watch a Bond Film, what we admire is not the tuxedos and fancy cocktails. What we like is that we see a complete character. We see someone who is James Bond to his core. He never deviates from that character. We see what we can become if we’ll only apply ourselves. We see awesome.

What would life look like if you were the character you wanted to be?

Mastering Biphasic Sleep – My Current Schedule and Tips

This is my how-to guide for mastering biphasic sleep and achieving more with less sleep.  I recently wrote about my biphasic sleep schedule and why I adopted it.  This is the in-depth guide to how I hacked sleep and woke up on the other side feeling more refreshed and energized.

Mastering Biphasic Sleep

Often imitated, rarely duplicated, people who have mastered a biphasic sleep schedule are sleeping less and being more productive.  However, the journey isn’t easy.  I failed twice before.  This is what I’ve learned.

Offset Your Nap – Do not nap halfway through your day.  The first time I failed I tried sleeping after lunch.  This only works if you prefer to wake up super early and go to bed early.  You want to take your nap roughly four to five hours before your core sleep, not halfway through your day.

Less Is More – Biphasic sleep is not 8 hours just chopped up, it is only 6.5 hours total.  The second time I failed, I was sleeping 1.5 hours at my nap.  This is the average time for a full REM cycle so I assumed it was a good idea, I was wrong.  In order to adopt a biphasic sleep cycle you must train your body to go directly into a deep sleep.  Limit yourself to no more than 20 minutes of sleep at your nap.

Fall Asleep – Find a method for falling asleep quickly.  I used to imagine that listening to the same song every night would induce sleep.  I was right.  Unfortunately, the earplugs are annoying.  Now I count backwards from 100.  I find the more I focus the quicker I fall asleep.

Eat Before Bed – The tired feeling you feel in the mornings is often not tiredness at all, it is hunger.  Your body hasn’t eaten in six hours; it is dehydrated and low on glycogen.  Eat a meal that is high in good fats, low GI carbs, and glycogen from sugar.  My go to meal just before bed is a piece of toast with melted cheese and applesauce on it.  I also drink a glass of water.  This helps me wake up because my body is still fueled.

Fill The Void – Find something to do with your new time or you’ll just spend it sleeping.  I write my blog.  As I write it is 12:32 am.  I am in a Yerbe Mate and Wine infused mellow groove.  While most people would be tired and eager for bed, I’m having fun and enjoying my newfound time thanks to mastering biphasic sleep.

Here is my current schedule:

Wake at 7:30 am – This works because I must be at work by 8am.  I planned this so I wouldn’t be able to sleep in during the break-in period, which lasts about two weeks.

Nap at 8:30 pm, sometimes closer to 9 pm – I take my nap when my son goes to sleep.  To help him fall asleep I like to be quiet.  Twenty minutes of sleep is perfect.   I like to down a glass of Yerbe Mate before hitting the sack.  It helps to keep me from wanting to oversleep.

8:50 pm – I’m up but not working.  I like to do something fun for a little while.  This is often time with my wife.

10 pm – 11 pm – This is when I typically begin blogging or go for a run.  I also like to fill the void by working out if I missed the day’s session.

1:30am – Bedtime.  I used the counting trick again.  The more I do it, the more effective it becomes.

Mastering biphasic sleep is no easy task.  The first couple of weeks are exhausting as your body becomes accustomed to the new schedule.  However, this list and my previous post should help you to master biphasic sleep and become a sleep ninja.

What could you do with an extra hour and a half per day?

How To Achieve Creativity On Demand

A few weeks ago I made a significant change in my life.  I’ve always been a proponent of morning writing because that is when my creativity is at its highest.  Unfortunately, I found my mornings too busy to write and had no choice but to cultivate the creative process later in the day.

Cultivating Creativity

The more writers and artists I meet, the more frequently I find out that the creativity well often runs dry even for the greatest talents.  The difference between failures and achievers is often the ability to synthetically cultivate creativity on demand.   You can’t wait for inspiration to find you.  You must often create you own inspiration.

As my days grew crazier and I began my biphasic sleep schedule, I knew I’d have to force the creative process.  I adopted a Tim Ferriss approach to creative release.  A concoction of well-timed creativity drugs follows.

Yerba Mate – I wrote a post about Yerba Mate in the past.  It’s just cool.  Imagine drinking five coffees and taking a muscle relaxer.  The caffeine in Yerba Mate is absorbed through the muscle tissues causing an increase in energy with a mellowing effect that allows you to still focus.

Music – I’m a big fan of Pandora.  Big is an understatement; I’m a huge fan.  I pay for Pandora One.  I listen to stations I’ve created but also stations others are in control of.  As I write this, I’m listening to a Tim Ferriss created station.  Writing at midnight requires less native flutes and more Linkin Park.  You can listen to the same thing I listen to by clicking on the Pandora Stations to the right.

A Movie – Right now I’m watching Skyfall for the umpteenth time.  The movie plays on mute in front of me creating a mental break when I need it. I’ll look up when I’m at a loss and let my mind wonder for a moment.  I feel the cinematography of a creative film helps my mind mimic the art it is absorbing.

Stand Up – I use my stand up desk at work or at home any time I need more energy.  Standing helps my blood flow and creates a sense of urgency.  When I am standing, my body is more active and my mind follows suit.

Sleep – Sleeping allows your mind to organize the information that has been piled into it all day.  At the end of a long day, the last thing I want to do is attempt to spur an outpouring of ideas.  Thanks to my biphasic sleep schedule, I sleep for 20 minutes just before writing.  This allows my mind to organize my thoughts and opesn up much needed bandwidth.

Glucose – Without getting too scientific here, the brain is the largest consumer of glucose in our bodies.  I consume glucose in the form of pasta, potatoes or whole grain breads two to three hours before writing.  Consuming fats will delay how quickly this glucose is created so stay away from high fat foods before you write.

The best writers in the world appear to posses an endless stream of innovative ideas.  The truth is, they’ve honed their creative process so that creativity peaks at just the moment they need it most.  Follow these few steps and you too can cultivate the creative process on demand.

How could you benefit by timing your creativity for when you need it most?

Organize Your Outlook Email Using Folders

The first time I learned that Outlook had folders that I could use to organize my email, my mind melted.  I’m a neat freak so folders excite me.  When my wife first met me she thought I might be gay because I was thin, neat, and single.  I can’t help it, I was born that way… neat I mean.

organize your email using folder

Finding a way to organize your email can be a learning process.  Email is the single largest disrupter and time waster in the modern day paperless office.  Unless you can effectively manage your inbox, your inbox will manage you.

 

Rewind 2 years and the scene is all too familiar.  1,409 items in my inbox, most of them I don’t need or will never use.  They are left to fill my inbox the same way old sweatshirts fill my closet.  I never wear them, but I think one day I might.

 

The To-Do list is staring at me and it makes me feel uncomfortable because the items on it are going to take some real effort.  Unfortunately, my default effort level is the same level I exude watching my favorite Seinfeld episode, very little.  But since I’m at work and work should be done, I open Outlook and spend 2 very busy hours accomplishing nothing.

 

Fast-forward to today, my inbox is empty and for the first time ever, Outlook has become a productivity tool.  The system I follow I suggest you follow to organize your email using folders is based on my Paperless Office approach.

 

  1. Create Projects – Michael Hyatt advises against this but I find it the only way to organize your email using folders.  In his post he uses just one folder, “Processed” for everything.  Might as well call it “inbox” and save a step.  No, you must create a folder for every ACTIVE project you have.
  2. GTD – Apply the Getting Things Done method to your email.  I check my email only twice daily.  When I do, I take one of three actions for each email.  If I can complete the task in less than 2 minutes, I do.  Then I file the message in the appropriate folder.  If I can’t do it in 2 minutes, I flag it and make an action item in Nozbe.  Everything else, I delete.
  3. Storage – No matter how much of a minimalist you think you are, you will have emails that you just can’t delete, but don’t really need.  This is where the “Processed” folder would fit.  Drop the things you just can’t make yourself delete into this and use the search feature to find it later.
  4. Activities – Create a folder for items that don’t fit a project but interest you.  This for me is updates from blogs, authors, industry newsletters, ect. Basically all these are interesting but should be reserved for free time.  I circle back and browse them when I have time.  I purge the folder monthly.
  5. Waiting For – Every email that I send to someone else and am waiting for them to reply, I put in my waiting for folder, even if the item applies to a project.  When they complete the task, I then move both emails to the project folder.
  6. Delete – When a project is completed I delete every email in the folder that isn’t critical.  The messages then go into the project folder on the server or my Dropbox.  Just like with my Paperless Office process, this closing of the project creates a good opportunity to reflect.

 

Outlook can be your biggest friend or your biggest foe, the choice is yours.  Organize your email using folders to achieve a zen-like email relationship and stop wasting time.  Below are a few more articles I’ve written on becoming an email ninja, and one on fitness, just incase you’re single.

Minimize Your Lost Time With Outlook

Using a Calendar To Conquer the World

Run a 5K This Weekend

 

How is your relationship with Email?

 

How To Use Dropbox For Leaders

A few months ago I began looking for an easy way to share my resources with others across multiple devices.  I learned how to use Dropbox and I haven’t looked back.  Dropbox allows me to lead my team virtually while keeping our ideas, files, media, and work centrally located.

dropbox

I thought I’d share my workflow and best practices with you since I’ve become such a big fan of Dropbox. I used to think Dropbox was just for the trendy or for creatives. I’ve used the service many times when sharing files with my web team, video producers, ad agency, ect. Never before have I used Dropbox as a leadership tool until now.

Dropbox is simple to install on multiple devices and even simpler to set up. Additionally, it is easy for your colleagues to download and use. I have found Dropbox to be an invaluable tool that allows me to share work and resources. Dropbox allows me to:

  1. Sync with my EA – I send Wendy documents to work on, artwork for my blog and most recently images and clips that she used to help create an incredible video that will be showcased in the lobby of Allied Equipment.
  2. Sync with my Business Partners – We use Dropbox to store documents and work sent to us by our vendors. Additionally, everything we send out is stored in Dropbox. This gives each partner an instant look at the current status of our work, keeping us all on the same page. This is critical since none of us work within 500 miles of the others.
  3. Share my Devices – My work goes with me where I go. Dropbox has been the only real file management tool that has enabled me to leave the office and work where ever I want. I use my iPad to read over contracts at home and pull media from my home computer for a posts I’m working on. Then I can access them all on my workstation at the office.

I’ve learned to follow a few rules for using Dropbox as a leader;

  1. Divide Folders – Create your personal folders and shared folders separately. This way you know that the documents in your folders will only be changed by you. Additionally, you know anything in the shared folder is subject to being edited by others and thus is always the latest copy.
  2. Share Folders Individually – I like to create a folder for each project but give different people access to individual documents not the entire folder. This way you can have multiple employees working on the same project at one time while keeping responsibilities divided. This helps your team divide and conquer.
  3. Recycle Documents – To save space, have others remove files when they work on them, then upload the newest version when edited. Dropbox is a free service up to 2GB. To prevent your colleagues from having to purchase an upgrade, load a file to the system and have them remove it to work on it. This serves two purposes. It lowers the amount of space you are using and allows you to know when they commence and finish their work.

Dropbox has quickly become a household name because of the flexibility it affords individuals who want to access information on multiple devices.  This multi-device access can also help teams become more productive and cohesive.  The ability to adopt new technology that brings teams together virtually is key to achieving success as a modern day leader.

How does your team share information effectively?

Amaze Yourself Today – The Process of Growth

I recently did something amazing, I walked.  It sounds much easier than it really is.  So many other people around the world are walking so well that it seems to be no big deal.  But when you consider just how hard the process of growth is, you will understand how amazing walking really is.

 

process of growth

 

Of course, it isn’t difficult for me to walk now, but it once was.  I struggled for months trying over and over, only to fail.  With each failure came a lesson.  Walking is easy now, I’ve been doing it for 27 years.  I was reminded nearly a year ago, however, just how hard the process of growth really is.

I had the privilege of watching my son Ryan learn to walk. It was so difficult for him to do something, that to the people around him, just seemed natural.  It was something new and he didn’t really understand the mechanics of it, until finally he’d done it.  Then it was simple.

I watched him struggle and I watched his amazement when he let go of his couch and took two steps toward me.  I watched as he’d look from the coffee table to the couch, only a few feet,  as if he were about to attempt to cross the Grand Canyon on a high-line.  This is how I feel every day going through the process of growth.

If you’re like me, you enjoy reading success stories of those in your industry.  A close customer of mine recently sold out for $600 million.  He’s done it before and to him it seemed easy.  To me, it seems like a high-line across the Grand Canyon.  But fortunately, I’ve learned to enjoy the process of growth.

  1. YDKWYDKUYKI – Try remembering that one!   You don’t know what you don’t know, until you know it.  Just like Ryan’s first steps, he couldn’t really understand walking until he walked.
  2. The Law of Process – Maxwell’s Law of Process is about the length of time and input required to succeed.  Rome wasn’t built in a day.  If you’re going to do something as simple as walk to the fridge, it will take months of practice.
  3. PerspectiveMicheal Hyatt makes blogging look so simple!  The fact of the matter is, he has put in more than 10,000 hours into his craft. You want a successful blog, it is going to take years.
  4. Embrace The Process – Everything you do each day compounds every day afterwards, if you are doing what matters.  I’ve seen businesses fail because they can’t stop dealing with the now long enough to do something that will actually lead to success.
  5. Embrace Fear – Fear is what keeps up from falling on our face.  Fear is what forces the process.  Without fear we’d skip crawling all together and go straight for walking.  Do not fear fear, instead embrace it, for it will force you through the process of growth.

The number of muscles that must work in perfect unison make walking an amazing feat!  I look around and it just seems so simple!  There are so many people performing this amazing act each day.  Every single one of them had to go through the process, but now look where they are.  If we can all learn to walk, we can learn anything.

 

How can embracing the Process of Growth benefit you in your goals?

 

Yes, You Can Have A Paperless Office

The idea of a paperless office came around a few years ago.  The idea is sexy and daring.  But is it plausible?

 

Yes, You Can Have A Paperless Office

 

 

Ever since the idea of a paperless office came around, it seems I’ve only added more paper.  If people in the past saw more paper than the average office, we must have had a serious tree problem.  To most of us, the paperless office seems more like myth than a reality.

The truth is, paper will never go away.  The simple reality is that you can’t spread 100 pages on your monitor effectively.  There is hope however for a nearly paperless office.

 

Why a totally paperless office is impossible:

Notes – Unless you’ve found a way to effectively type with one hand while using the other to hold the phone, or sift through a book/document you can’t go paperless yet.

Ongoing Projects – You’ll need a place to store documents that relate to an ongoing project you have.  While I often keep this on my computer, I also have a folder for any necessary paperwork.  I’m currently using this system for a contract that needs ink copies.  I cannot avoid this paper.

Quick Access Items – You should keep papers that you use frequently and often to assist your computer work.

Legal Hard Copies – When was the last time a mortgage was signed on an iPad?  I’ve never heard of such a thing.

There are apps that will help you go paperless for many useless papers.

Dropbox – If I need to take something home or read it away from my computer, I can add it Dropbox and read it on the iPad.

Evernote – File away things I think I’ll need later, take pictures of papers and scan them in.

Tripit – All my travel reservations and itineraries.

SignEasy – For any document that does not require an original ink signature, I use SignEasy.

 

Things you’ll need to set up in your office to manage your paper process to make you, nearly paperless.  This is my process to shorten the life span of a piece of paper.

File Folders – Stuff everything that must be on paper into these folders and label what projects they are.  This keeps everything organized and allows me to flip from one project to another while staying organized, essential to clearing paper from your desk.

File Holder – I use a few file drawers on my desk to hold long term project folders and a wire folder holder on my desk to hold current projects.  When I finish the project, I scan in any documents I need to keep and file them on our server.  I then recycle everything else.

Inbox – To prevent clutter from the endless barrage of people throwing paper grenades at you, direct them to an inbox that you process daily.   Apply the GTD method to this box, either act on an item, file it, or trash it.

Apps – Once I finish actively working on a project, I pull all the files off the apps mentioned above and file them on our server for future reference.

While you can never escape paper entirely, you can certainly minimize its impact on your office by using the tools available to us today.  Come to grips with the fact that you can never have a completely paperless office.  Instead, learn to direct the flow of paper so that it lives a short life of usefulness then disperse with it.

What can you gain by having a paperless office?

 

Sleeping Less and Accomplishing More – Biphasic Sleep

As the calendar turned to 2013, I found myself at a loss for time. After months of consistent blogging, my world had been flipped on its head in one afternoon. A self-proclaimed productivity junky, I lay my head on my pillow a failure.

Sleep Less and Be More Productive

As the blog post ideas rose in numbers, so did my regrets for not posting. Time and time again I searched for time to write. Writing was my passion but not my priority.

My faith and family come first, then my business. With great change happening around me, there was no time for anything other than my faith, family, and business. Each night I’d fall asleep dreaming of a creative release and writing again.

After weeks of regret, I stumbled upon the realization that there was only one area of my life I wasn’t super productive at – sleeping. I’ve always been the kind of person who needed 9 hours of sleep minimum. I never realized until now that I was wrong. I was able to sleep less, do more, and feel more alive by adopting a biphasic sleep schedule.

Sleep Cycle – This is an app for the iphone that tracks your sleep based on your movement at night. The less you move, the more deeply you’re sleeping. After months of using the app out of curiosity I noticed a pattern.

The Numbers – Sleep Cycle shows that in six to eight hours I average four deep sleep periods; in nine hours, I average five. Obviously, five cycles was the secret to feeling rested for me. Unfortunately, nine hours of sleep isn’t very productive.

Biphasic Sleep – The Siesta method incorporates one nap of 20 minutes and one core sleep consisting of six hours. I average four deep sleep cycles during six hours plus one deep sleep cycle for a total of five deep sleep cycles per day.

The Toddler – I had to look no further to find what a perfect Siesta schedule looked like than to my own son. He takes one nap during the day, plus one core sleep. Contradictory to my assumptions, the perfect time for your siesta is not halfway between wake and sleep time but later in the day, between three and five hours before you begin your core sleep.

The Break In – I haven’t been a biphasic sleeper since I was five. After 23 years, my body forgot what it was supposed to do. The first time I tried biphasic sleep I felt fantastic. The next night was less fantastic. This trend continued until my mind was a fog and my eyes felt full of sand. But then the break in was over, within two weeks my body adapted and settled in to its new cycle.

Productivity – Without a reason to create a new sleep pattern, those who attempt biphasic sleep are often failures. Finding something to fill the void is key. Luckily for me, I have a blog to maintain and followers to share my new found time with.

I was convinced my body was rejecting the world around me. For years I existed on a 26-hour day when the world ran on only 24 hours. My body never felt at home and sleep was less than adequate. Biphasic sleep has been the key to a more productive, rested, and energized life.

What could you do with an extra hour and a half a day thanks to biphasic sleeping?