Insomnia is an unwelcome friend to many of us. It doesn’t have to be all bad. Take advantage of the quiet peacefulness of the evening hours. No one’s trying to contact you; not by text, calling, or carrier pigeon. You have total freedom to get done whatever you want to get done. While you may not have the energy you have during the day, take care of tasks that don’t require as much energy.
Blog – Some of my best ideas come to me at night when I’m sitting in bed, surrounded by nothing but darkness and silence. Okay, probably not complete silence; I’m probably either listening to the quick witty banter of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore or wishing I was a celebrity with potty-mouth Ari Gold as my agent, but nonetheless, I’m spiritually ready to have all my inspiring ideas hit me at once. My hands are poised over my laptop, and my brain’s ready for anything but sleep. Take advantage of this “me-time” by writing some of your best articles and promoting your online presence.
Organize your schedule for the week – Organization is key for efficiency. Having a plan always makes me feel more productive and inspired. Depending on how much I have to get done, I either make a general list by calendar day or list out tasks on an hourly basis.
Do some online shopping – The mall may close, but online stores are open 24/7. You work hard during the days, treat yourself at night. There’s nothing better than having a big box filled with new clothes arrive at your doorstep a few days later.
Read a book for pleasure – If you’ve ever been a writer, English major or something similar, you know what it’s like to have a pile of books you have to read. When you can’t sleep at night, take that time to read something you really want to read. It could be something completely frivolous. Don’t read what you have to read for school or work, read what you want to read.
Organize your digital life – What does this mean? Take some time that you wouldn’t usually take during the day to organize the pictures on your computer so that you can actually find pictures when you want them. Organize your files and delete any files you don’t need anymore. Clean up your iTunes.
Have a good night not sleeping.