Saturday, January 8, 2011

New Year's Resolution

My New Year's resolution is "Have 8 hour sleep daily"

In 2010, especially the first 6 months, my workload was very heavy. I had to work overtime at home daily to finish projects for internal customers. This combined with early rise in the morning to beat traffic jam caused sleep 'deprivation'. I usually had only 6 hour or less sleep a day, felt sleepy around 3 - 4 pm frequently.

In addition, my desire to exceed customer expectations and to complete as many projects as possible, caused a lot of stress. I did realize that sleep deprivation, stress and fatigue, eventually would lead less efficiency, not more. They could also minimize my immune system's capacity to protect my body. I tried many things to relax and rest, such as taking a 60 - 90 minute nap on one weekend afternoon each week, working in the yard instead of on the computer, exercise regularly, taking breaks to jog on every work day when possible ..... Despite all these efforts, sustained sleep deprivation and stress eventually caught up with me. In the4th quarter of the year, I made quite a few trivial mistakes, which led to longer time for completion of several projects, adding more stress on me.

This is why I made "Have 8 hour sleep daily" as one of my new year's resolutions.

Good sleeps should benefit my body, my family, my work - my life.


  1. You need to reduce some of your work load, my friend. Health is more important than work when you are getting into middle age. Slow down and enjoy your sleep!


  2. Thanks Art. You take care of your health as well.

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