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Day 21 – 30 days: get 8 hours of sleep

Today has been day 21 of my challenge to get 8 hours of sleep for 30 days straight.

Today was the first “normal” day back in Belgium, after the wedding in Budapest. A completely different kind of day, getting right back into a full day of work, intense conversations about life and a tattoo!

Every day I’ll share my FitBit Surge sleep data. Aside from that, I want to document how I’m doing in terms of changing my habits:

  • No more screens, from 1 hour before bedtime.
  • Go for a 15 minute walk during the day.
  • No coffee after noon.
  • Use my thoughts to get to a place of gratitude before I go to sleep and when I wake up.

Day 21: 6hrs 54min

I did not reach my goal.

fitbit sleep data day 21

 

After work at OMCollective, I met up with a friend and shit got real and we ended up talking until midnight. He successfully f-ed up my sleep challenge 🙂

But the conversation was worth it.

However, I can’t keep ignoring sleep and replacing it with great conversations.

It just does not work that way.

When I get enough sleep:

I will have even better conversations.

I’ll be a much better thinker and problem-solver.

And I will be able to give more attention to who I’m interacting with.

Also, I’m getting a tattoo.

No more screens, 1 hour before bedtime

I  did not reach my goal.

I was watching my Fitbit step data together with my friend at midnight, because we were both in a challenge to get the most steps that day.

So, however it was not a screen time with useless, mindless impulses, I still don’t count it towards my goal.

Go for a 15 minute walk

I reached my goal.

fitbit step data day 21

I was back at the office during a full day of public speaking training (watch out, I’m coming ;)) and went for a relaxing walk during our lunch break with a colleague.

No coffee after noon

I reached my goal.

Slight temptation at night when I was talking with my friend at a bar, but I opted for green tea instead 🙂

Be in a place of gratitude

I reached my goal.

The hour before bed was spent wrapping up our crazy profound talk at the bar, walking back home and going for a walk around the park close to my house to calm down because I was too hyped up from the conversation.

I was naturally very grateful because of that positive feeling the conversation left me and I took a couple minutes to try and consciously think about a few other things that I was very grateful for.

But wow, it was so hard because I was excited like a little kid in a candy shop (or a Whole Foods store, preferably).

 

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