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Hi! I’m Devin and I work at Smartsheet. I’m sensibly impulsive, consistently non-committal, and passionately impartial.

Biphasic Sleep Update

I’ve survived week one of my biphasic sleep schedule. Before I started my new routine I would get probably 8 or 9 hours of sleep per night. Last night I settled with 4.5. Here’s how the last 7 days looked:

PIP Resolution: Working Out

If you can’t tell I love to be organized and lay everything out. I can be very spur of the moment (let me tell you about the time we went skiing at midnight until 2am, slept in my car, then drove to Vail the next morning…) but in general I like to know what the plan is.

Gum = Dangerous?

It appears as if Melody is onto something: aspartame is dangerous… and it’s in every pack of gum in my house! I, honest to goodness, wondered why sometimes I felt weird when I chewed a lot of gum (Orbit is my weapon of choice) in a day. I don’t think I can quit all together but I’ll certainly ween myself off it (I chew half pieces anyway).

PIP Resolution: Book a Month

Last year I resolved to read a book a month. I fell a few books short of my goal, unfortunately. In hindsight, I’m not sure why. I think the problem was with how I scheduled/used my time and that’s obviously beginning to change this year.

PIP: Ta-da Lists

I’ve always used Outlook to schedule my time and keep myself on task but I’ve found that ‘Calendar’ and ‘Tasks’ don’t do much for me. The interfaces seem outdated and not as easy to mange as I’d like. This is why I actually designed my ‘weekly schedule’ in Excel. Although Outlook helps me look ahead, it doesn’t help me look at my days very easily.

PIP: Personal Improvement Project

I’ve started what I call my ‘PIP’ or ‘Personal Improvement Project’. The new year has sparked a lot of change already. So far I’ve dropped BusinessBits, established my own domain and completely reorganized my workspace.

Sleep Cycles

I admit, I got a little burned out at work today (8 hours in front of the monitor, no lunch, pretty tough). So, I took a break and read a bit about polyphasic sleep on Steve Pavlina’s blog. I then dug around more and more and read some wikis and all sorts of articles. I’ve decided to embark on Glen Rhodes’ bi-phasic sleep pattern and see how it works for me. I’ve never been much for sleeping a lot, but I’ve never really understood why I’m tired one day and just fine another. I’m looking into how I can schedule a routine 90-minute nap every day and then get 6 hours of sleep every night. The sleep cycles seem to make sense. If I get up at 6:30 every morning I could probably get a lot done in a day. Look out breakfast, I’m making a come-back..