Day 596: At last, a decent night’s sleep

I’ve come to a bit of closure with some things I’ve been wrestling with that are out of the scope of this podcast, and — no coincidence — actually slept decent last night.

No exercise this morning; I have a few urgent volunteer things to tend to, and some work stuff as well. I’m feeling pretty positive about some recent decisions regarding work/life balance and career, though; I think I’ve got some big pushes coming in the months ahead, but leading to some great outcomes down the line.

Day 595: In! Som! Ni! Ahhhhh!

11 p.m. or thereabouts falling asleep, 4 a.m. up. So… consistent sleep, sort of, if not good sleep.

Like yesterday, napping (late morning; any later and that messes up my sleep, although I guess that’s kind of a joke now) will be a survival tool.

Yesterday went fairly well in terms of exercise and food; got a half hour in on the rower, ate responsibly. Today will be a nice long walk, I think.


Day 594: Even More Insomnia

Asleep at 11, up at three — this is probably the worst it’s been since I started the podcast, and definitely the longest-term insomnia I’ve had in a while.

On the bright(ish) side, I’m getting a lot done! Dinner prep was pretty much taken care of between 3 and 4 a.m., and I’m sending some emails and taking care of some volunteer duties between now and when I have to go do the radio show.

On the dimmer side, I think there’s a legitimate concern that running on four hours’ sleep for a period of days is going to result in me getting a lot done, but getting it done poorly or erratically. But make hay while you can’t sleep, or however the saying goes.

This does do a number on my willpower. It’s bad for food and bad for exercise — this is why there are four pillars to this, yes? Sobriety is holding steady.

I’d say “one out of four isn’t bad,” but… it kind of is.

It’s not great.

Day 592: Insomniaaaa

Short one today — rough one last night. Up at around 12:45, and just couldn’t get back to sleep. Nothing terrible, but loads going on with work things and volunteer things.

This is the ol’ downward spiral: I don’t sleep, so I get fitful late rest but then don’t exercise, which affects my ability to sleep the next night. A big day ahead of me today, so hopefully that’ll tucker me out good and I’ll get back into the right routine.

Day 590: Rethinking Full Focus

After yesterday’s podcast, I jumped on the scales following a nearly month-long break and… yeesh. It was pretty dire. Like “maybe I should pull a Tom Hanks in Castaway and see if somebody can strand me on an island for a month” kinds of results.

So we’re back to that old core truth: I need to log food. I need to track things daily. And dancing around it just doesn’t work.

It’s… hm. It’s been eighteen months; more, really, since I started this. I seem to circle around the same issue.

I am a smart guy. This is indisputable. I am really goddamn intelligent. I can make websites and podcasts. I’ve written a few books (although never had the guts to try to publish them). I have a prestigious job at a top university.

But I cannot do this consistently. It’s maddening!

I know that intelligence doesn’t equal motivation. There are probably genetic triggers and what-have-you going on.

But really. I’m a smart guy. I can lick this thing. I just haven’t found the key that will keep me from sliding off doing this when I slide off doing it.


Day 589: Post-Experiment

It’s good to be back!

I did not enjoy that as much as I thought I would.

First, let’s not kid ourselves. I’m a bit of a mess. Not much of a mess, but a bit of one. So I’ve become… dependent isn’t the word, but over the course of a year and a half this has become an important part of my life. Pre-producing and releasing episodes is… fine, but doesn’t sit right.

Second, I’m not sure I’d listen to this podcast. The personal connection is a super strong one. A litany of tips from strangers is… meh. Not terrible, but if I’m producing something I myself wouldn’t listen to, that seems like kind of a weird move.

Third, it would take a hell of a lot of effort to get up to steam. That’s not a reason not to do something. I’m not afraid of work. But I am aware of my limitations and my constraints, and it would be really hard to make this happen.

But there was a lot I liked! I liked the surprising things I learned. I liked picking up new tips.

It’s been an overall bad week for exercise and diet — the Whole30 thing didn’t even last a week, we bailed on it super fast. I think the podcast helps keep me on track, so now that I’m back to daily this, hopefully everything else will kind of slide into place.


Chores Digest

Our first digest edition! A collection of the week’s call-ins in one go.

This… doesn’t quite work. I think I’m onto some sort of Patreon-styled thing, where one or the other podcast is a reward — you can subscribe for the weekly digest, or subscribe for the daily ‘cast, but doing this this way feels a bit weird. You’ve just heard all of these, and now you’re hearing them all again? No.

It might work if there were a lot of callers and there was a ton of surplus material. That would remove the redundancy problem.

But as a listener? I’m not sure this works for me. I’m not sure this system is a winner. I’m going to give it some more thought.

Getting Psyched for Chores 6: Adam from Kingston

Our last tip for Chores Week — but not least — from Adam, in Kingston. Possibly our most prosaic tip, and one I think will stick with me. It also reminds me of my grandpa!

My grandpa’s thing was “that’s better than a kick in the teeth.” I don’t think he ever had been kicked in the teeth, and I don’t think he was a teeth-kicker, but it’s an expression I use to this day.

That’s a wrap for Chores Week. We’ll be setting up the digest tomorrow — one long show with most of what was submitted — if this were something where I was drowning in submissions it might be a long show, but I would up just getting enough tips to fill the week, so there y’go.

Next week: get out of bed! How do you do it? What’s your one thing? Take a minute right now to call 1-833-JERKPOD or send a voice memo to You could be making a difference in thousands of lives! Okay, (a) not actually thousands, and (b) don’t actually do it, this is just a test.

I’m going to do a little bit better today than I did yesterday. How about you? Yes, you will. I can tell.