?#16 from My Sister’s Jar – Weaknesses

Ouch.  The title says it all.  Analyze the weaknesses…. AWKWARD!

One of my weaknesses I want to improve on is ___________________.  Jot down some ideas to move you toward your goal.

Why not just ask what size underwear I wear?  Just as painful… and private.  The only comforting word in the question is the first word… ONE.  That eases the stress a wee bit.  I don’t know if this is truly a weakness or not, but I’ve been doing some serious thinking since last Friday night’s Mom’s Night Out dinner about my bedtime.  My highly organized friend mentioned a book that described the value of every hour you sleep before midnight being worth three that you try to get after midnight.  Who comes up with this fluff? 

I’m a night owl with macrame owls with wooden bead eyes hanging in my bedroom.  (OK, not true, but you get the point. Can you believe I found that picture!?)  In college my classes hardly ever started before 10 a.m.  My best study hours were when the dorm was quiet…. 12 a.m. to 2 a.m.  I still got eight hours of sleep, but obviously not the most productive hours at my disposal.  And we think we know it all in college.  Hardly.  That was when I figured out just how much I didn’t know.

My most productive hours sewing, writing, planning, etc. are from 9 p.m. to midnight.  My friends explained that I conditioned my body to this, but it is the most beneficial to follow the clock God set in the sky.  Sun up to sun down.  What?  I don’t even know what time the sun comes up.  Sometime before 7:00… and the only reason I know this is because I swim on Tuesday and Thursday mornings… with an accountability group… or I wouldn’t show up.

Anyway, like I said, I’ve been doing some thinking about bedtime.  I’m thinking I might try to move it back thrity minutes at a time for a week… until I hit 10:00.  Who knows if my eyes will actually fling open of their own volition at 7:00 a.m…. or even earlier.  We’ll see.  This is not going to be easy.  But nothing worth its muster is easy.  (Remember, I’m reading the book Do Hard Things.) I think this might help for homeschooling… being up BEFORE the children.  Wow.  Novel idea.  That hasn’t happened since…..  OK, it never happened.  They were my alarm clocks from when they were babies and toddlers. 

My Goals for lights out:  This week:  11:30.   Next week: 11:00.  Sept. 1-6 10:30.  OK, I’m gone on a scrapbooking trip for four days that week, so I’ll try 10:30 until Sept. 13.  THEN 10:00 starting on Sept. 14.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.  My husband is going to be in for the shock of his life.  He is my evil night owl twin.  Before children we played cards in bed until 3:00 a.m.  Oh boy.  Good night.

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4 Responses to “?#16 from My Sister’s Jar – Weaknesses”

  1. Jennie C. Says:

    “We played cards” — that’s a new code. Hee hee.

  2. morethananelectrician Says:

    BEDTIME!!!!! We got rid of those when we left the house. There is no question that MY most productive hours are when everyone ELSE is sleeping. I dread going to bed every night.

    You are giving up very valuable time there…watch yourself!

  3. rixgal Says:

    11:47 last night…. a valiant start. At least it was before midnight.

  4. Jill Says:

    I’ve got your back, sister! I will be more than happy to give you a Good Morning wake-up call each day at 6am. And I’ll do it with a real nice cheery voice too. How’s bout it??!

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