I’m constantly trying new things. Here are three I have rolling around in my mind, all three seemingly crazy. What do you think?
1. Edit and Forget It
I met Dan Hayes at Michael Hyatt’s Platform Conference in Nashville. We already knew each other through Michael’s Platform University because we both built a home office from scratch. I converted my garage into My Sweet Home Office Suite, and he built a yard shed he calls his World Shed Quarters. We hit it off.
He and his wife, Vanessa, have been doing a podcast since December called Simple Life Together. They emphasize topics that encourage simplifying and de-cluttering. Their discussions are fun and practical, and I have even been listening to them with my family.
I’ve taken their 2013 Edit and Forget It Challenge. In 2013, be rid of 2,013 items that clutter up your life. I’ve been focusing majorly on paper, trying my hardest to convert to a paperless life, and I have been loving it. Wendy and I sorted books and brought a couple hundred to Good Will. Talk about liberating!
Here’s what I love about Dan and Vanessa: they emphasize the goal. The reason to get rid of things is not to demonize technology or rant and rave about silly conspiracy theories (as if my paperless asperations will somehow lower the temperature of the planet). They emphasize getting rid of stuff so that you can focus on what’s really important.
I need that. Wendy and I are getting so into our own Simple Life Together. We’re even planning to get a dumpster when we spring clean in May.
2. Low-carb Eating
I’ve never been a big fan of dieting, but I married the author of Love in a Diet. In my house, the topic is tough to avoid. I also work for Ken Davis, author of Fully Alive that explains his love for healthy eating. I think the two of them send messages to each other, plotting against me, strategizing how to get me on some weird, depriving diet.
There are all sorts of diets out there. I’ve tried vegetarian, non-dairy, calorie counting, fat free, soups/liquids, and probably some others that I have subconsciously blocked from memory. Never enjoyed any of them.
But now I’m trying low-carb, and I’m really enjoying it. At first I thought I’d hate it because I very much enjoy chips and breads. Luckily, I am a full-blooded carnivore, a hunter, and I love meat. I’ve been eating protein and loving it.
And I haven’t missed the carbs as much as I thought. I have noticed how bread fills me up and gets me down. I have found it kind of fun to order the bacon cheese burger “without the bun” when on the road. The meals are much more satisfying without being so filling.
I have to see where this diet goes, though. I lost 20 pounds in 2012, but gained back 10 over the New Year. Talk about frustrating. I’m determined to get back down to that 20 lost, but the low-carb diet hasn’t produced the results. I may need to look into it more to gain the full benefit of weight loss.
3. Everyman Sleep Schedule
My daughter Cynthia came up with this idea, but let her dad experiment on it. Sleep schedules build from the idea that the traditional 8-hours is from agriculture age and even the industrial age, but not basic human functionality. So, we sleep in that pattern because, well, because we always have.
Ultimately, sleeping 8 hours and staying awake 16 hours is clunky. Once Cynthia mentioned the idea of changing it up, I immediately liked it. I am a nap-taker anyway, but seldom consistent. I find myself tired often, never satisfied with the amount of sleep I get, whether too much or too little.
There are schedules called Polyphasic Sleep Schedules (see Wikipedia article), meaning you sleep more than twice in one 24-hour period. Biphasic Sleep is the idea of one good night sleep plus a nap sometime in the afternoon. Polyphasic paces it out to maximize your time when asleep.
There are a few different types of Polyphasic Sleep Schedules, the one I have tried out is the Everyman Sleep Schedule. My night’s sleep is from midnight to 3 a.m. I then take three 20-minute naps throughout my workday. Result: I get 4 hours of sleep in every 24 hour period.
That’s 28 hours a week of productive work time that I did not have before! I’ve found myself less tired and groggy, too. I’ve been trying this for the last two weeks and will be blogging about it once I reach my 21st day.
To tell you the truth, I was skeptical of the Polyphasic Sleep Schedules. I gave it a try because this is a very busy time for me right now. I probably would have forced myself to a 4-hour sleep schedule anyway and hated every day of it. So, why not? But now that I’m on it, I’m becoming a fan of it.
Never a boring moment. That’s the way to live! What do you think of these crazy things? What “crazy” things have you been up to? I’d love to hear from you.