My finals are more or less finished. I have one more test, but I’m fairly confident I can pass it, so I feel relieved to have a break from classes. Summer is going to be great and amazing fun. John and I are going back to California for a week or so to visit family and friends. Lots of pictures will come forth from that, I promise.
What makes me so happy about this is that I have a regular sleeping schedule. For the past few days I haven’t been a zombie trying to get by. Nope, I’ve been alert and aware. Once or twice I even had reserve energy. I wake up at 7am without fuss (though I will be crabby if you talk finances or anything super serious before I get food in me). I do homework and am not completely dead afterward.
The biggest bonus in all of this is the writing. I’ve been able to just sit down for an hour and write. Just one hour. On average it’s been around 1000 words. With only one hour devoted to writing in the past few days, I normally don’t feel productive. Usually I only churn out 400 words in an hour because I am so distracted, depressed, anxious, and exhausted. Or confused as to what day of the week it is. Having that regulation has helped me go okay Elisa, plunk your butt down for one hour and stop giving a shit about whether or not your draft is perfect. Just go, go, go.
And I did. It was awesome.
Really, guys, it feels great to actually exist instead of survive, if that makes sense. So really, get a good sleeping schedule. If you can’t because of work, try to find a routine that doesn’t totally kill you.
Also, and this might just be me and/or college students, but don’t be afraid to sleep if you haven’t finished all your work. Miss out on the sleep and your work will be crap anyway. You don’t need a ton of sleep, but sacrificing that sleep sometimes isn’t good either. Think about if it might be easier to sleep — and get solid sleep — and wake up earlier than usual to finish work in the wee hours of the morning well rested. Or at least rested. Or something.
ANYWAY I don’t know much about sleep. I suck at sleeping consistently. But when I do manage to be a normal human being with my schedule, it feels better. May the Fourth be with you!