Workin’ on Those Night Moves
It was a bit embarrassing for me to admit that sometimes in the wee hours of the morning I could not stay asleep. I have always been able to fall asleep easily but sometimes I’d be wide-awake at 2 AM and could not get back to sleep.
I related this to one of my co-workers who’s now a correspondent at CBS News. I was surprised to learn that he too had similar problems but told me he was able to turn those fitful episodes into productive time. He realized that instead of staring at a dark ceiling he would get up and work on something, read or make notes about the upcoming day.
The result of this approach was almost always a combination of getting a bit of work done and getting sleepy at the same time. There are few real two-for-one deals in life but this could be one of them.
So tonight if you find yourself wasting time counting sheep or worrying about paying the mortgage, get up and get at it. You might even prepare some materials for this eventuality so you don’t have to bang around in a quiet house looking for a pen and paper or reading material.
Tim Sharp is the Chief of Curriculum for TSOD.com and is a Lecturer at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.