Update on 2017 and last article for a while


Wanted a update for Efficiency Enthusiasts on whats up.

I can’t do weekly articles, and I’m taking a break for the start of 2018.

I love efficiency, I think about applying Lean Principles every day. I don’t like low quality studies. While I put almost 20 hours a week into various aspects of conducting studies and collecting massive amounts of food data, I want bigger studies that change the world.

My next steps are to finish one last article for 2017, a mashup of unreleased articles that combined will be of significant value.

After that, I’m taking on some personal projects, programming an App, Starting a charity where I’ll be giving a slowcooker with an easy delicious 3$ meal to children, and………… eventually…. thinking about what major study you can benefit from.

Look forward to the article coming up, I wont release it until its incredibly useful.

First Cooking Show, 3 Recipe Videos + Survey Results


The responses from the survey were not as clear cut as I expected. I wanted to share responses and our first cooking show this week. After this week, I don’t expect to have any ‘offtopic’ topics until 2018 when I do a year recap. This topic jumps around, but I wanted to consolidate any ‘fluff’ into one topic, so I don’t need to release anything but engineering for the rest of the year.

tl;dr- Protein Per Second 9-27-17 Due Date. New website ‘Sections’ to come.

First Cooking Show

Heads Up- First Video and we packed in tons of tips. Goal was to teach how to take any food and turn it into a delicious low cost recipe.

Watch myself and Misses Efficiency cook an Efficient Meal here.

Recipes

Here are some low cost recipes we make on a daily basis, Facebook style-

Thai Fried Rice(Official Recipe)- Miss Efficiency’s Favorite, Better Than Thai Food

Beef Casserole – Make Enough Food For All Week

Sloppy Joe- Classic

Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey.

>Almost everyone wants to save Money, and almost everyone wants to save Time. I’ll keep at both, but whatever is shared more gets more articles.

>Most people don’t want to see more Restaurant Per Dollar, “Except X, you should do X Per Dollar”

It seems that everyone has a favorite restaurant that they studied, but they don’t care for most restaurants. My plan is to release these articles in combination with weekly articles.

>Keep the format similar, Problem, Process, Math, Simple Conclusion

>Biphasic Sleep seems to be a huge hit. I have friends that made the change, I’ll get their tips too.

>Most people want to try out some crazy topics, but I’ll do my best to stay grounded.

>Keeping at weekly articles, but I will aim to have larger topics covered on a monthly basis. For those that want daily tips, check out our Facebook for Efficiency Memes.

Requested topics- Streamline Digital Actions, hardware and software Efficiency, Finance, happiness/state of mind, early retirement, travel, and multi-dimensional analysis. In addition, I’ve received feedback that people want more nutrition and time studies.

“Sections”

People have approached me in sharing their Efficiency, and as long as they are data driven, I think they’d be a fantastic addition to the site. That with weekly articles, I’m needed to categorize the website.

Thinking categories- Newest/All Articles, Sleep, Food Optimization, Restaurant Per Dollar, Time Savings, Money Savings

I’m trying to stay away from lifehacks/life pro tips, but I will save time and money by any means necessary… so expect a section for it.

Monetizing Efficiency Is Everything

I had multiple people ask to give me money. Someone said I should be pushing my books harder, another asked to start a Patron.

I might do that in the future, I started this website to share my findings. My Engineering job pays for this website, and I am fascinated running it.

This year I spent 10,000 dollars and countless hours trying to get the word out. I’m an engineer, and I want to focus on finding engineering solutions to problems. I can spend that money and time on engineering problems if you can help get the word out by sharing.

Teaching Efficiency> Monetizing This Website

Misses Efficiency And More Personality

There were specific requests for more personality and more Misses Efficiency.

I want to focus on the math, data, and engineering. However the nature of ‘Engineering Daily Life’ intersects with lifestyle, there are parts of Efficiency that meld with Vacations, Hobbies, Exercise, and How We Spend Time(Leisure). Mandy, Misses Efficiency will be featured in future YouTube videos and the occasional guest post. Glad to see you liked her too.

Instead of dedicating a week to personal interests, here is a paragraph that I hope is sufficient-

I’m fascinated in quantum mechanics, the closest thing we have to a scientific approach to understanding the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. I’m a Catholic, Stoic, Libertarian Anarcho Capitalist, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency owner. I’m fascinated by creativity/aesthetics/philosophy, as it is something unique to our species- yet mathematical principles like the golden ratio and logic are hugely influential on what “looks good”. I’m currently thinking of a way to make Business Casual ‘cool’, including finding a way to add blue to my hair without looking like a rebellious teenager. I always have something in my head, so I’ve started writing on bracelets to remind myself to think of problems. Recently I’m trying to figure out how to treat ‘Fun’ if its nonlinear. Outside of that, we are PC gamers, Netflix watchers, play rec league football, we like camping, having friends over, and attending parties.

Hope that is good enough, if you wanted to know something more specific, let me know.

Want to help?

I had a few offers from Engineers that wanted to contribute to the website. I’m interested, but I have an absurdly high standard of what I consider acceptable research, data, and math. I haven’t had the chance to think through how to take crowdsourced studies and turn that into an article. I’ll make a reminder bracelet and think about it this week 🙂

Thanks for supporting Efficiency Is Everything, your support has reinforced my excitement for applying Industrial Engineering at home. Life Efficiency is coming.

Save Time Eating – Optimize Food Consumption Without Changing Your Food


Back from a much needed vacation, giving myself a due date for Protein Per Second 9-27.

This is a touchy subject with many people. How many times should you eat per day?

Does eating breakfast actually change your metabolism?

Does eating food after 9pm turn it into fat? (No. Excess calories turns into fat)

Should you eat 10 snacks a day? Should you eat once a day?

Eat Twice A Day – Intermittent Fasting

I’m not the first person to invent this concept, but I might be the first to use it to save time.

Shoutout to Daniel Engerer of Brainchild Engineering for pointing out my eating habits are Efficient.

How It Works

There are some guidelines for Intermittent Fasting, but I use it loosely.

  1. Eat 2 meals a day
  2. First meal should be after 16 hours of not eating(I usually do 12-14 hours)
  3. You can consume small amounts of calories(less than 100) outside of this time. Think small amounts of sugar in coffee.
  4. Expect the first 2-3 weeks to be difficult

Don’t treat these as rules, treat these as daily targets during your transition. Once you make the transition, you wont be hungry for breakfast, and you wont be hungry before bed.

Benefits- Save Time, Lose Weight

Depending on your goals, you might be interested in losing weight. Intermittent Fasting is a popular way to lose weight.

I’m a believer in Calories In = Calories Out.

The Calories you eat daily decides if you gain, maintain, or lose weight. Intermittent Fasting a technique to eat plenty of food ~2 times a day, and still lose weight.

There is no magic here, just structure. I count my calories, but eating 1,000 calories in a single meal psychologically feels good.

The Math, Save Time- 380 More Vacation Days In Your Lifetime

I’m going to assume ~10 minutes to consume your breakfast.

My first meal of the day is usually leftovers, and the process looks like this:

  1. Walk to Microwave- 0.5 Minutes
  2. Put food in Microwave- 2 Minutes
  3. Walk back to desk- 0.5 Minutes
  4. Eat Food- 5 minutes

Without getting into the details of putting food in a separate piece of Tupperware, putting in the dishwasher, taking out of the dishwasher, putting it away. I’m going to give that a value of 2 minutes. I’ve been told I eat fast, for estimation, I’m going to use 10 minutes.

This is 3,040 hours in your lifetime.

Implementation

As mentioned before, consistency is key. You can imagine a time in your life that you skipped breakfast enough times that you lost your appetite for breakfast.

If you are using this method to lose weight, I highly recommend a calorie counting app, I still use myfitnesspal, but it seems to be filled with push notifications/social media/ads.

One Last Tip- Make More Food

We are huge fans of making enough food for leftovers. We just Just-In-Time for our grocery shopping, and we don’t buy any groceries for Thursday. By Thursday, we usually have enough food in Tupperware that we have a quick dinner that can be microwaved in moments. If we somehow ate everything, we always have eggs in the refrigerator and make ‘Breakfast for dinner’.

If you are open to change your eating habits, I highly recommend this lifestyle. It saves time, it aids in losing weight, and it might save you money if you can skip eating out.

Survey – The Future of Efficiency Is Everything Is In Your Hands


As mentioned last week, this week we have a survey that will impact the future of Efficiency Is Everything.

Fill out the survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/Eiv8Ekirp55qYTI63

Shouldnt take more than 5 minutes, and as an engineer, more feedback is always better. Constructive criticism is preferred over praise.

As an FYI-

The month of August I’m wrapping up edits on the book Efficiency Is Everything – In Life. This is a gigantic time and energy sink, but its almost done. After that, Myself and Misses Efficiency are taking a much needed vacation.

Then… Full focus on new studies created and designed by myself. (I like my engineering interns, but I’m craving some high impact life studies.) Get excited to see new youtube videos showing applications.

Remember to share Efficiency with your friends so I can spend time Engineering Your Life instead of marketing.

8-2-17 post – 1/2 year update


Goal for me is to have an easy article this week. Three topics I want to hit on – The Last 1/2 Year, Your Feedback, and My Time.

6 Month Update

Failures + learning experiences-

  • Over committing goals- 2 hours at the library daily? finishing 25 chapters in a weekend? I need to be realistic.
  • Daily Workout/Daily Drawing/Vegetarian- Daily mile runs… I should get back on that. Daily Drawing has gotten replaced with an other craft. Vegetarian… Its really hard to try new recipes when we already have 28 to cycle through.

Be realistic with time and energy.

Success-

  • Weekly Articles- I promised 2 articles a month, and we are getting 1 article a week.
  • Nutrition Per Dollar-is finished. This has untapped potential that I’m looking at for a 2.0 version.
  • Time Studies- Protein Per Second and Shoes Per Hour were fantastic first steps into measuring time.

Every article fascinates me, I can’t wait to see the results of our studies!

Allocate Michael Kirk’s Time

I time out my tasks on my watch to get an idea what I spend time on.

I find a weekly article takes between 5-15 hours per week. Pretty evenly spent between thinking about the problem, collecting the data, and writing an article.

I’ve hired out some studies to engineers and college engineering interns in the hopes of getting more articles done. Well… I end up doing the math for each article, explain data collection methods and standards, and went full editor when it came time to finish the article. I havent saved much time, but we are getting lots of new articles, memes, and videos.

Time Decisions

Would you rather I continue with weekly smaller studies or release a study on complex problems once a month? Next week I’m going to send a survey to decide how I spend my time.

My next 2 complex problems are Food Per Second and Fun Per (Dollar * Second).

Food Per Second requires much time, and many empty stomachs. I took on collecting 2 pieces of data, and I ended up with a breakfast burrito and 5lbs of Chicken. Given the vast ways to prepare, obtain, and consume food, this will be a study of the fastest and most popular methods.

Fun Per (Dollar*Hour) is a theoretical investigation into quantifying Life. Each unit is pretty difficult to deal with, but the math really does work and is useful.

Necessary Time

Final edits on Efficiency Is Everything – In Life.
After 4 years, its finally what I wanted it to be. Easy to read, easy to implement tips applying Lean Manufacturing Principles at home.

I unfortunately spend more time on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter promoting than I spend making content. If you arent growing, you are dying. I’m an engineer, not a marketing expert… Looking to either outsource this or go viral in the future. Consider sharing articles, that way I can spend time on engineering, not business things.

Your Feedback

I’ve gotten mail from you and I get immense joy reading them. I’ve gotten fascination, investigative minds, hilarious applications, and food questions that had me working on improving my website. I really appreciate everyone that emailed me over the last few months. They are the people that inspired me to design, study, analyze and release weekly articles.

Keep an eye out for a survey. The future of this site’s direction will be based on those results.

Okay, calling this post done, let me get to work on more Efficiency. Here are some memes for this week!


Introducing Fun Per Dollar



I want to introduce a topic I’ve been hiding for a few years. As a heads up, this is a theory heavy intro. Feedback, thoughts, and ideas are all appreciated.

Fun/Dollar

I take moments out of my day to think about the math behind this concept.

What if you took an activity and:

  1. Measured the cost
  2. Measured the duration
  3. Measured the fun
  4. Calculate the Fun Per Dollar

 

Fun Per Dollar?

We have a very, very, basic, Minutes of Fun/Dollar output.

Minutes spent doing the activity divided by the After Tax Cost of doing the activity.

fun-per-dollar1

After collecting 150+ pieces of data from friends, I’ve had the following inputs for division by 0. Infinity Fun Per Dollar. Or, free activities.

  • Watching Youtube
  • Surfing
  • Playing Soccer
  • Running
  • Free Video Games(League got a 6/10 fun)
  • Hiking
  • Watching a Football Game
  • Board Game Night
  • Web Development

Some very high ranking sources of Minutes of Fun/Dollar that do cost money

  • Video Game- Diablo 3
  • Video Game- Forza(with 2 samples, both being a 6/10)
  • D&D

Beyond that, everything costs significantly more. The Video Game, Forza had 133 minutes of Fun Per Dollar(200 hours, $90). Compare that to seeing a $5, 2.5 hour movie, only has 30 Minutes of Fun Per Dollar. That video game would be a 400% better value Minutes of Fun Per Dollar.

The difference between activities gets drastic, renting Kayaks netted only 1.8 Minutes of Fun Per Dollar. Go Karting, 0.5. Kayaks are a 3x better value.

  • Free and low cost activities rank very high.
  • Investments like a video games or bike can be used multiple times.
  • Differences in prices vary drastically between restaurants/bars and personal preferences.

Warning: The data I have collected is inconsistent when it comes to including gas prices, cost of internet, and initial purchases. My expectation for data is ‘Airbag Safety’ high. This is as valid as something you’d see in non-engineering fields. Data was collected over a few years, from over a hundred people.

Here is a preview of what I have collected so far, expect a higher quality version to come.

Not Good Enough

Adding three more variables, each person could find out based on their preferences what their best value is:

  1. Fun Rank- A number between 1 and 10, where 10 is the most fun, 1 is a disappointment
  2. Priority on Saving Money – A number between 1 and 10, where 10 is extremely frugal.
  3. Priority on Having Fun – A number between 1 and 10, 10 is obsessed with having memorable experiences.

We needed to do some Dimensional Analysis. This is similar to how Reynolds number in fluid dynamics work. Its a jury-rigged method of using dimensionless units that mostly work in real life.

fun-per-dollar2

As a note, any self assigned values can go beyond 10 to add emphasis. For consistency, all of my collected data has used the range 1-10. The data displayed here uses Priority Fun/Priority Money = 1.

There are multiple entries from multiple people, remember this is all subjective.

Basic Example- Bagel Club

Bagel club is a weekly membership that requires you to buy bagels once every few months.

Assuming each person eats 1 bagel + cream cheese, each person pays close to 2$ a week to be in bagel club. Given having a bagel is a 9.5/10 fun for the 3 minutes in takes me to eat a bagel, how much Fun Per Dollar is that?

3 minutes /$2 = 1.5 minutes of fun per dollar spent.

But it was a 10/10 fun. 10* 1.5 Minutes of Fun= 15 “Kirks”(PLEASE tell me a better name!)

So is bagel club worth it?

Well consider dropping 30 dollars at a bar over 2 hours. Bars being a 7/10 fun for me, would score:

120 minutes * 7 Fun / 30 Dollars = 28 Kirks

It seems it would be better value to skip bagel club, and head to the Bar. But hey, I love the occasional bagel.

I Have An App

I’m a nerd, so of course I have an app. As a 1 man show, I have Android and….

As a nerd, I also don’t have anything Apple.

However, I have a Web App. It records data, looks beautiful, but initial setup/understanding is rough. It works on all platforms, but I’d like to brief you first. Shoot me an email.

Future of Fun Per Dollar

Writing this article has provoked all sorts of new ideas about Fun Per Dollar.

  • Data- Decide what is getting paid for, beers, calories, gas, internet, etc…
  • Math- The priority method of 1-10 isnt enough for a billionaire to only care about the ‘fun’, This needs a solution
  • Engineering- How can we apply this? Should we compare a night with friends to a video game? Should we compare Buzzed vs Wasted vs Pot? Video Game vs Video Game?

Question to you: What are your lowest cost activities you find Fun?

Instantly Double Your Reading Speed


Hey this article broke with an update of the website.

The TL;DR is to download and try Spreed

It presents words so you dont need to move your eyes. This method is quite popular and many other apps exist, I use spreed myself for wikipedia articles.

Until I get around to updating this article with pretty pictures again
-Michael

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Every Efficient Person Should Be Doing This While They Drive


Working hard on Nutrition Per Dollar, biggest setback is well formatted, reliable data which I got THIS WEEK! I’ve never been closer and we are soon going to have the most Efficient way to eat!

Also, website + homepage has been updated!

Improve Time Quality

4 Years ago I had a 2.5 hour daily commute where I flipped through radio stations

“Commercial…”

“Terrible pop song…”

“Commercial…”

“They are still on Commercial?”

“They are playing that song again?”

“Ahh no one cares about that celebrity…”

And I’d flip through again for the next 3-5 minutes waiting for commercials or songs to end, hoping the next content would be better. I was working the midnight shift, and if I was tired, this commute was downright dangerous. After a year of this painful commute, I moved within 5 minutes of my workplace. Much needed.

Years later, I was offered a job with a 2 hour daily commute. It was a high paying dream job, I couldn’t refuse. I made a promise to myself, I would not be wasting 500 hours a year in the car.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

With everything from

  • Comedy
  • Business
  • News
  • History
  • Entertainment
  • Education on Anything
  • Foreign Languages
  • Religion
  • Self Help

Podcasts and Audiobooks are life changing.

Podcasts often present education and facts in an extremely entertaining format. Audiobooks can have as much detail as a graduate level university course. These formats will have something that you enjoy. Its like watching a movie, reading a book, or taking a class for 14 hours a week.

Now, instead of getting amped about one person flying down a lane before it ends, I get to listen to an extra few seconds of entertainment. Even after a 1.5 hour commute, I’ll often wait in my car a few minutes because I’m dying to hear whats next. I had almost no interest in history, but after listening to podcasts, I find it more interesting than any novel. I actually prefer driving to most days of work! Commercials? Expect 60 seconds every 30 minutes, and strangely enough, the commercials were to great products that I’ve actually investigated and started using.

Some Recommendations

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History : Wrath of the Khans – This podcast is like watching a blockbuster movie. Its a great first experience into the world of podcasts.

Planet Money – An entertainment podcast about different odd things in the business world. Everything from why people pay 200,000 dollars for a generic looking bag to odd economic forces at play. Everything is told in an entertaining format, and sometimes they go way further than I expect as they often will show up halfway across the world to interview someone I thought was unreachable.

BBC Business Daily – A world news type of podcast which is a superior replacement to the daily news from the mainstream media. Top notch production.

Stuff You Should Know – 2 personalities give you a detailed 30 minute insight on topics you should know. How Chili Peppers work, How caffeine works, How panic attacks work, and so much more. They arent experts, but they spend hours and hours researching and give you a 30 minute overview on the topic.

Old Episodes of Freakanomics – A team uses economics to find the answer to psychological phenomenon. Very entertaining, very informative. The new episodes are not worth listening to, but search for topics you find interesting on his older stuff.

Radiolab – Story telling with a lesson. Every time I listen to these, I feel like I learn more about humans.

The great part, they are all free and have plenty to offer you in terms of entertainment and education.

Audiobooks

Audiobooks have a cost, but are so cheap that I have difficulty comprehending how its possible. It seems almost futuristic. Take for instance a best selling business book.

You take your pocket orb that connects you to the internet

Buy a book for $10, the cost of working minimum wage for an hour and 20 minutes.

Get the experiences and knowledge of people sent directly to your brain!

No reading required, but you get high quality content.

A Fun Recommendation is Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. You dont need to be a nerd to enjoy this ~5 hour, 5 star audio movie. This is The Grandfather of Audiobooks. Dont Panic 😉

No more scanning the radio, start enjoying your commute, and begin absorbing information!

Nutrition per dollar, and Taco Bell Per Dollar, and some insane stoichiometry that makes me think I ‘discovered’ a unit for Value.

Do you recommend any Podcasts or Audiobooks? Comment Below

Protein Per Second – Fastest Ways to Eat Protein (Part 1)


(This is version 1.0 of Protein Per Dollar, it’s more accurate than a buzzfeed article, however we havent completed an R&R style study, and isn’t ready for significant math applications. This is the conclusion off n=1, m=1.)

Protein is an unavoidable part of human life. Completing a detailed Obtain to Disposal time study may even have far reaching effects in food service and labor.

I don’t think anyone in the history of humanity has done a time study on the most efficient ways to get protein from start to finish. Although I will give credit to Hunter Gatherers 😛

Engineering Time Studies

Deciding where to start the timer was difficult. Do we include Grocery shopping? Do we include the time it takes for me to get my clothing on? Do we include the time it takes to write a grocery list?

These are work in progress questions. End goal is to include every aspect from idea creation to disposal.

This article includes Prep and cleanup time of grocery proteins. This does not include acquisition time.

Fastest and Instantly Ready Protein

Obtaining Protein is different from most carbs and fats, meats have to be refrigerated and often cooked. These below are instantly ready, requiring no preparation.

Milk

If you can drink milk, its my top method to getting calories and protein.

Pros

  • Great Calories Per Dollar
  • Top Protein Per Dollar
  • Instant and Scale-able

Cons

  • Not a lean protein

Beef Jerky


Careful for highway robbery, this can be expensive. I’ve seen this for less than 4g protein per dollar.

Pros

  • Instant
  • Tasty
  • Lean

Cons

  • Expensive

Peanut Butter and Peanuts


Pros

  • High Calorie Per Dollar
  • Good Protein Per Dollar
  • Instant
  • Long Shelf Life

Cons

  • Not a Lean Protein

Honorable Mentions

Premade Protein Shakes, Cottage Cheese, Protein Bars, Greek Yogurt, Imitation Krab, and Veggies. Broccoli is ready to eat and has a few grams of protein in it. These items will make for some interesting math!

Quick Sources Of Protein

Not quite as fast, but these are probably some of your best overall values.

Protein Shakes


My personal favorite. Something so quick I often make it before work.

Pros

  • Top Protein Per Dollar
  • Lean
  • Less than 1 minute to make

Canned Meats

Tuna, Salmon, Spam, and more.

Pros

  • Ready as fast as you can open a can

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Often eaten with plenty of fat

Hard or Soft Boiled Eggs


Make as many as you can fit in a pan, eat it all week.

Pros

  • Great Protein Per Dollar
  • Great Calorie Per Dollar
  • Can be made in bulk
  • Low active time

Cons

  • Not A lean Protein
  • Lentils


    Probably one of the easiest things to make

    Pros

    • Boil, no stiring needed
    • A top Protein Per Dollar

    Cons

    Pinto/Black Beans

    Depending on how hard it is to get your slow cooker out, this might be easier than lentils!

    Pros

    • As much effort as the slow cooker
    • A top Protein Per Dollar

    Cons

    • Not Lean Protein, high in carbs
    • May require flavoring

    Best Time And Money Values

    Creating dimensionless units and ranking by a formula:

    Y= Protein Per Second/Protein Per Second(Minimum) * Protein Per Dollar/Protein Per Dollar Max

    Until we gather enough data, I feel safe to list my top 5

    1. Protein Shakes- (potentially) Low cost, Fast, Lean Protein
    2. Canned Meats(Tuna)- Moderate Cost, Lean, Fast if your can opener ACTUALLY WORKS(mine doesnt…)
    3. Lentils – Top Protein Per Dollar, Low Effort
    4. Pinto Beans- Top Protein Per Dollar, Low Effort
    5. Boiled Eggs – Low Cost, Low Effort

    Future Of Protein Per Second

    I am very excited for the future of this. The Calorie Per Dollar List started as 15 frequently bought items. Creating a time study for proteins, calories, and nutrition may open up new metrics and mathematics for healthy eating quickly.

    By the end of the year, I expect to have a full formula to rate by nutrition, cost, and time.

    If anyone has a thought to contribute to developing the data or formulas, I’d love to hear what you can find useful.

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    Biphasic Sleep – Take A Daily Nap And Save Time Sleeping (1 Year Update)


    Get 2 Extra Hours. Everyday.

    I’m never going back.

    Original Article – Save 12 hours A Week Sleeping + 4 Tips On How To Fall Asleep Fast

    Consider Switching To Biphasic Sleep

    Do you:

    • Struggle to get 8 hours of sleep a night
    • Run out of time during the day
    • Have low energy after work

    You may already be getting similar REM cycles as Biphasic WITHOUT the nap.

    How It Works- Month 1

    1. Sleep 6 hours at night
    2. Nap, Set your alarm for 20 minutes and lay in bed
    3. Wake up and move on with your day
    4. Repeat everyday for 3 weeks

    I only need to sleep ~5 minutes of the 20 minutes to get a REM cycle. You will know- It will feel like 2-3 hours went by, but its only been 20 minutes.

    After 3 weeks, your body will adjust. You will have learned how to fall asleep in 20 minutes.

    The first 3 weeks are hard.

    Final warning- the first 3 weeks are hard.

    Before you start:

    I recommend picking one consistent time of day +/-2 hours as a target. I do 6pm, and nap between 4-8pm, but an early or later nap is not crushing.

    If you drink more than 100mg Caffeine a day, it might be worth abstaining for a few weeks before starting.

    I failed and slept in 2 times during those 3 weeks. Do your best.

    Set the alarm for 20 minutes, pick a spot, dont open your eyes, don’t move. Wait until the alarm goes off.

    Months 2+

    • After the 3 weeks are up, your body will start to do this like normal
    • You can occasionally skip naps or sleep in
    • If sleeping in a car or unusual place, I set my alarm for 25 or 30 minutes
    • If I am still tired, I can hit snooze for 20 minutes- this gives me another REM cycle.
    • Naps can be early or late in the day
    • It doesnt need to be perfect, a long night sleep on the weekend or a snooze button after a nap is still saving you time

    Those practices are bad, do your best to limit as much as possible.

    Broscience: Strange benefits I’ve discovered- If I sleep in 9+ hours after drinking or if I feel like I’m getting sick- I often can cure it. (Mrs Efficiency agrees)

    Me and Mrs Efficiency have swapped drivers to take naps on a long car ride after work.

    There are more places/times to nap than you think. We almost never skip it. It is only 20 minutes. (I’ve done it at a wedding and no one noticed.)

    As a Detroit Lions Fan who visits my parents on Sunday, the 20 minute nap can be a godsend.

    Save Time Sleeping

    Enjoy the extra 2 hours. This includes when you diet- expect to be awake 2 extra hours…

    The 20 minute nap boosted after-work productivity, but we have used the time to play video games.

    Imagine going to bed at 2AM and being awake at 8AM. Was useful changing time zones and traveling Italy.

    Plan a time to try it, and start. Give yourself 3 months, see how you like it.

    For another Time Saving Tip, Speed Up Netflix and Youtube to Save 6 Minutes Every Hour

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