Back in my college days I was never one to pull an all nighter when preparing for an exam. It’s not that I was always ready I couldn’t focus or study well in the latter hours of the day let alone the night. What I would do for last minute prep is go to bed at my regular time and get up at 3 or 4 am and study prior to the exam. Worked beautifully; I was alert and able to absorb the details. This also helps periodically when I am inundated with tasks.
Well, after travelling for five days the second week of December I was far behind in my holiday prep. Only one weekend stood between now and Christmas; my suitcases had yet to be unpacked, laundry was nigh on 2 weeks behind, my husband had wrapping paper scattered all over the nicely decorated dining room table as well as a few things out of place in my absence , my Christmas shopping was only one third done, nothing was baked and to top it all off I had to work every day the return week and Saturday morning which meant I could not hit the mall until midday. Aaaacckk!!
Hit the mall at 11:30 am, it wasn’t that bad but by 1:00 pm it was chaos and I have a very low level of patience for that kind of stuff plus I had a 2:00 massage 30 minutes away. I went for my beating uh massage and decided to get some shopping in after. Well at 4:45 pm the Saturday before Christmas the crowd at Bed Bath & Beyond was enough to have me contemplating bodily harm with all the people in my way. Time to go home and regroup for Sunday.
That was a wise idea, it was time for me to get some sleep and rethink everything. I had all day Sunday. Well, I woke up at feeling like I had slept for 8 hours and was raring to go. Imagine the surprise when I looked at the clock and it said 1:00 am. I usually sleep quite well but after laying there for an hour and a half I realized I wasn’t getting back to sleep. I could not stop thinking of all I had to do, I got up at 2:45 am. Yep, back in the 80’s I was just going to bed some nights at that time. Let’s not digress.
I had my coffee and formulated a plan. Everything that could be done at home — laundry, baking, wrapping I went at before the stores opened. A couple opened at 9 so I hit them first and was the first one in when the mall doors opened arriving promptly at 9:58 am. The early bird gets the worm and then some; at the first store I went in they offered a $10 coupon to the first 250 people through the doors. Great marketing tool; I bought both shirts I was trying to decide between rather than just 1.
I was home way before noon with 97% of all holiday shopping done. The rest of the day was spent finishing the wrapping, the baking and tidying up the house. Whew. It was 6:20 pm when I finally finished and sat down to the bowl of stew I had the foresight to plan into the day. It cooked while I did other things and we had a warm and hearty meal on a chilly day. It actually got down to 50 degrees. Yes, I broke out my sweats.
I was literally exhausted and felt like I had ran a marathon. Mind you I would never; I’m a sprinter at heart. It took me a couple of hours to decompress and I fell asleep around 8:45 pm and slept through my morning ocean wave alarm for 15 minutes before waking up. Wow. #SolidSleep.
While I do not recommend short circuiting one’s sleep there are times when the implementation is beneficial overall. I approached that Monday fully caught up and better able and prepared to enjoy the rest of the holiday season. As long a running is not involved a marathon like pace is sometimes desirable to sprinting. Cheers!