“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
- Benjamin Franklin
(author, inventor, physicist, & first American millionaire)
While I may interpret the word “early” a bit differently (i.e. early in the morning for both), I definitely agree with his point.
Work while it is day!
However, now the proverbial “day” is a lot longer. In the modern era, we are no longer limited by lighting and availability of tools at night.
The only roadblock holding us back from staying up all night getting wealthier (finishing more work) and wiser (reading/learning/discussing), is our physical need for sleep.
While I would like to stay up all night if I could, there comes a time when even the most ambitious person will shut down. (side note: maybe fellow 8pm Warrior Jordan Zimmerman could write a blog post called “You Sleep When You Pass Out”)
I tested it twice this week and ended up falling asleep on my laptop both times.
Unfortunately, I hear a lot of folks give people like JZ and I a hard time because they don’t think we sleep enough.
“If you don’t sleep more, you WILL die”
“It’s not sustainable”
“Sooner or later the quality of your work will suffer”
You don’t need more sleep, you need smart sleep.
The strategy is all about timing. If you wake up between REM (Random Eye Movement) cycles, you will still feel rested even if you get less sleep. Yes, even waking up at 3:30 am each day, JZ can still feel rested on 4.5 hours of sleep.
If you’re wondering how to figure it out, here’s a tool to use when calculating what time you should wake up based on when you go to bed or vice versa.
It’s called Sleepyti.me and it will help 8pm Warriors minimize their sleep, get more done, and still feel rested.
In closing, here’s a couple tips to make sure you actually go to sleep when it’s finally time.
Make sure you’re tired (work out more or sleep less)
No caffeine 5-7 hours before bed time
Deal with Sleep Apnea or other sleep disorders
I hope this post can help my fellow 8pm Warriors find a couple more hours in their day while their chasing their dreams.
Whatever you think it’s worth, it is undeniably wasted when we use it on worthless projects, diversions, or people (if there is such a thing).
Now don’t get me wrong, I do think it’s a good thing to take some breaks and vacations or invest in relationships and hobbies (this is my hobby). However, what you regularly do at 8pm when others are sitting on the couch watching TV, out on the town, or sleeping says a lot about how much you value your time. It’s one of the reasons I don’t enjoy sleep.
It feels like a waste of something valuable.
NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Bobby Lane said: “I never lost a game. I just ran out of time”.
I think the same thing about life. Don’t lose it. Don’t run out of time.
Have a productive night,
PS. Here’s another interesting blog post about time from 8pm Warrior Jordan Zimmerman:
As a response to being named this week’s “Warrior of the Week”, Jordan Zimmerman posted further commentary on his blog. I felt his thoughts on our way of life warranted sharing (link to full article below):
This blog is a sure sign that I’m not the only one out there who has figured out that one of the secrets to success is hard work and little sleep. But I also know that this lifestyle is not for everyone. Maybe you require more than three to four hours of sleep every night. And that’s ok.
The question you should be asking yourself is, “What is my secret to success?”
Once you find the answer, own it…no matter how crazy it may seem. Do you know how many people over the years have told me I’m insane for getting so little sleep and having such large goals? I lost count a long time ago! But I always tell them there’s a thin line between brilliance and insanity. You can’t be normal to be great. Life is not about being normal – it’s about being abnormal.
So figure out what makes you tick…what drives you towards greatness. Now get out there and own it.
If you haven’t subscribed to Jordan Zimmerman’s blog “You Sleep When You Die”, you may want to do that. He’s provides straight talk and a great commentary on the 8pm Warrior way of life.
JZ, thanks for being a great “Warrior of the Week” and we’ll definitely be paying attention (as well as sharing, and retweeting) as you post new blogs, tweets, etc. We’ve added your blog to the 8pm Warrior discussion news feed on Linkedin and we look forward to more discussion.
If you don’t have 5 minutes to watch it, I will paraphrase it for you:
When she was already successful, Arianna Huffington (the Huffington Post Arianna) fainted from exhaustion, fell down, and broke some bones in her face.
She met with doctors, scientists, and others to discover that the key to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is…getting enough sleep (contrast this with our current Warrior of the Week: Jordan Zimmerman’s position).
She is starting a new feminist revolution by telling women to literally “sleep their way to the top” and sleep deprivation is a “virility symbol” for men.
Sleeping will save the world.
Arianna, you’ve done some amazing things in your life, and you were an 8pm Warrior. For that, I used to have a lot of respect for you.
However, I respectfully think it is ludicrous to tell those 8pm Warriors at the TED event that sleeping is the key to a more inspired life and I’d like to see Jordan Zimmerman give a TED talk to share the other side. I’m assuming that one of the reasons you were wildly successful is the same reason that you fainted from exhaustion.
You were giving it your all.
One of the reasons that 8pm Warriors work late (and often sleep less) is because we want to; because we are inspired. We’re busy.
We’re busy writing, reading, or watching TED videos.
We’re busy planning.
We’re busy making our dreams come true.
I believe that a person can sleep when they die or sleep when they’re satisfied. Arianna, it sounds like your dreams have already come true. Time to let others chase theirs.
Burnout? I don’t think this “Warrior of the Week” has ever heard of burnout.
It’s a pleasure to introduce you to Jordan Zimmerman (also known as JZ). Since starting his own advertising agency in 1984, he has been the ultimate 8pm Warrior. For the past 27 years he never stopped, barely slept, and kept up a work regimen that is truly rare in our 9-5 world.
All that hard work is paying off.
Today he has over 1,100 employees in 10 states, runs the 14th-largest agency in the nation doing close to $3 billion per year in billings, and is a partner in the Florida Panthers. (if you’re curious about family, he also has a wife and four kids)
What advice did he give me to share with his fellow 8pm Warriors?
“I just don’t think we really need that much sleep. After all, there’s plenty of time to sleep after you’re dead!”
…typical Jordan Zimmerman.
Here’s a quick video with some more quotes from him:
This is what his typical “off time” looks like.
Try to get home for dinner
After the kids go to bed, he works a few more hours in his home office studying research, reprioritizing accounts, or working on his blog
He’ll go to bed around 11 or 12pm
He gets up every morning at 3:30am and is at the gym to lift weights by 4 am
By 5:30, he’s back home and then out on his bike. (He rides 25 miles before breakfast)
He eats breakfast with the three youngest kids and takes them to school if he’s not traveling that day
Then off to the office
If he’s not an 8pm Warrior, then I don’t know who is. I used to be proud of myself for keeping sleep down to only 5 or 6 hours…but he’s running on 3.5 to 4.5!
Does he sleep on weekends?
“Why would you sleep when that’s your time to live?” he says. “Sleeping isn’t living. You sleep when you die.”
He’s got so many great thoughts on business and life so we’ll be featuring his material all week on the 8pm Warrior twitter feed and facebook forum. In the meantime, here are some other ways to connect with him:
If you have a favorite 8pm Warrior you think should be featured, please let us know by sharing a link to their blog/website in the comment section, tweeting@8pmWarrior, or posting info on the8pm Warrior facebook forum.