Shape Up! …. OR DIE!

All throughout high school and my undergrad at byu, my strategy was always to pull all-nighters to complete large assignments. This strategy worked really well. I felt like I did better work when it was all completed in one large chunk, and it allowed me to not really think about any assignments until the day before they were due. The only downside is that the next day, I was extremely tired. When I pull all-nighters, I turn into a zombie. I can’t hold conversations, and I’m just sort of on autopilot for a day until I can get some more sleep. Fair enough. This was a tradeoff I was willing to make.

But this strategy doesn’t work anymore. I don’t have the luxury of writing off an entire day to be a zombie because I didn’t get any sleep last night. More and more, I have to complete an assignment, and then have to be able to speak intelligently about it the next day. Or maybe I have to go to work the next day. I can’t keep pulling all-nighters. 
Today, I’m home sick from work. Tuesday night, I stayed up WAY too late completing a portion of my research for school, and then had to go to work at 7:00 the next day. I think i got 3 hours of sleep. While that would have been fine in high school (I could just sleep in class), the city of Minneapolis Public Works dept isn’t that keen of people sleeping on their keyboards. So I had to fight to stay awake all day, then around noon, I got really sick. I think it’s an illness brought on by fatigue. I started shaking all over, I had the chills but I was sweating a ton, the room kept spinning around me, noises would echo inside my head, i ached all over, and could barely walk. I finished the work day, and then rode my bicycle home in the rain (it was lame). I climbed into bed and I’ve been there ever since. My old strategy caused me to contract some sort of fever or something. I should probably see a doctor, but i have no medical insurance.
So I need to learn some discipline and complete tasks on time in a manner that won’t cause me to contract disease. I need to learn to work on projects more than 12 hours before they’re due. If I don’t…. I’ll spend the rest of my life with a fever.

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