Wednesday 12 June 2019

Promethium resource log 2018

Back in the day there was a very popular book called 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾'. Adrian, obviously going through bodily changes at that age takes regular measurements of his private parts and records the continually varying results in a graph, that he hides in plain sight, on his wall, marked “Norwegian Leather Exports”. Now don't worry, I've not done the same but I have been whimsically creative about the title of my sleep log, so I give you my Promethium resource log.

You may recall my number 1 hobby goal this season was to try to create a better hobby/life balance and in particular that meant more sleep. Sure I have managed on roughly 5 hours a night for quite a few years but that just isn't sustainable. I'm not getting younger and changes to my commute make it just that little bit more challenging and tiring. They also say lack of sleep can reduce your life expectancy - which is worrying but if an extra 3 or 4 years equates to extra sleep you're still unconcious while you're living longer... Anyway, it's not sustainable and I needed to do something and this was the best I could come up with - track my sleep, set some goals. So this was my Shutdown graph - the time I went to sleep.

Which isn't a great graph really cos you can't hardly see how much that hangs around the midnight mark, but this table has all the bed times together with how much sleep, alongside the regular naps I got during my daily commute.

So, what does this all mean? Nothing really. I thought keeping a log would help me be more disciplined but this was July last year, even before I'd committed to a 'better hobby/life balance' in my To Do List. Not only did I abandon the log because it didn't help I probably haven't made much, if any, improvements to my sleep routine.

So why share this? Well, it is 'confessions of a 40k addict' afterall and having written this last year it's annoying still seeing it in 'draft'. Will it force a change? Doubtful but it's of passing note, more insight into the compulsion this hobby has over me. Obviously I've had a slight shift in my need to paint recently, so that's a start, I just need to follow through and use that time to rest instead of fill it with other activities.


  1. So this basically breaks down into more sleep is needed?

    1. Long story short... Yes ;) but the real issue is the will power to do it and how to balance some hobby as well. If I can make some effort to address it I might be happier with myself.

  2. Sleep and exercise are so fundamental to your well being. For me, the two are inextricably linked. If I don't sleep right, I can't exercise properly and that just throws my whole life off balance.

    Gotta get that 8 hours.

  3. Unfortunately I've gone so long in this pattern I'm used to it and although it feels like I can sustain it the reality is masquerading the truth that it is not.