Compensating for Shortfalls
What is it about night time that seems to fuel the creative juices of the mind??? I hear people say "I'm a morning person. I do my most important work in the mornings!"
I just envy people who can "schedule" their productivity that well. I must be a very disorganized person! My mind works on whim - never predictably (except in its unpredictability). I do have an overriding writing goal and I am somewhat monomaniacal about it, but my "success???" toward that endeavor comes in time increments that are unbidden, unbridled, unscheduled and sometimes even most inopportune!
That is why I can be at my computer at four o'clock in the morning just as easily as at four in the afternoon. All too often, sleep seems like a waste of time - particularly when the brain is still spinning and flinging ideas out in all directions. If I don't net them immediately, they fly out into the great beyond and are forever lost.
To overcome that problem, I used to keep a pen and a writing tablet on my bedstand, right under the lamp, to record fleeting ideas that merited preservation. Now, I have a voice-activated little tape recorder beside my pillow. (You do what you have to do to compensate for shortfalls!) They say that when one part of you fails to work, other parts have to step in and fill the void.
Sleep time is negotiable, particularly when you are retired, but even retirees need to recognize its value!