My sophomore year of college I succumbed to a pattern of four hours of sleep a night, turning in last-minute assignments, spending time with friends poorly, and eating sporadically. It had its consequences. Junior year I combined my more natural tendencies with a few conscious changes which made me functional, hyper-organized, and efficient. Cultivating personal discipline and developing a good reward system made all the difference. As a result, my friends christened me a “Real Human” and promptly began asking how I accomplished such a superhuman feat.
- Sleep during normal-person hours. You will work better, be happier, and feel healthier. No, going to bed at 2am on a regular basis does not count even if you sleep until 11am. Think 12am to 8am with the occasional slips every two weeks or so.
- Stop making excuses. Rarely do you write a paper until 5am because you were “so busy.”…
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