Hacking Sleep: Resetting Your Biological Clock

Sleep HacksEarlier tonight I was lying awake in my bed, unable to get to sleep. I had always considered myself to be a night owl, with my summer sleep schedule often drifting into the 3am-4am range before drowsiness would kick in. Starting next week, I begin a full time internship which will require me to wake up at 6:30am every morning. I figured I would give myself 4 days of “adjusting” to a new sleep schedule. By “adjusting”, I am referring to my plan to turn the lights out at 8pm every night and watching TV until I fell asleep, with the hopes that my body would eventually adjust. Three days in, this method has proven to be very inefficient. So after three hours of watching episodes of Modern Family (great show, by the way), I decided to make use of my sleeplessness and check up on research and others’ strategies for resetting one’s sleep cycle. Continue Reading…

The Path to Success: Is Money or Passion More Important?

The Path to SuccessSomething I think about almost every day is the following question: What is the best way to live my life? Everything ranging from finances, education, career, to relationships revolve around this question. And I’ve come to a point where two distinct theories are emerging as to how a person should set themselves up for a life of happiness and enjoyment. I have yet to decide which theory I believe to be the better of the two, which is why I’d like your input in the comments section of this post. This is a blog post that I’d like to be shaped by the readers. Continue Reading…

Is the Internet One Giant Distraction?

Does the Internet Kill Productivity?We’ve all been there before. You have a paper to write and you fire up your word processor. After 15 minutes you somehow end up on StumbleUpon, Facebook, or your distraction of your choice. Next thing you know, an hour has passed. I noticed my productivity slowly dropping in the past few months and I was getting less done and taking more time to do it. I was fairly certain that it had to do with having access to the Internet in my room, since I spent almost all of my time doing work on my computer. But because I couldn’t quite place my finger on what it was that was distracting me, I decided to completely remove Internet access from my place of residence for 2 days to see if I would be more productive within that time period. I decided to remove everything for a day and then slowly add in one element at a time to see which triggered a drop in productivity. Continue Reading…