It doesn’t matter how you choose to live your life — whether you build a business or work a corporate job; have children or choose not to have children; travel the world or live in the same town all of your life; go to the gym 5 times a week or sit on the couch every night — whatever you do, someone will judge you for it.
For one reason or another, someone will find a reason to project their insecurities, their negativity, and their fears onto you and your life, and you’ll have to deal with it.
With that in mind, let’s talk about being judged and criticized. And just for fun, I’ll share some of the most hateful comments I’ve received on my articles. And more importantly, the strategies I use to deal with them.
Here’s what I’ve learned about dealing with the people who judge you, your work, and your goals.
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A while back I did a big post that lays out what you need to know about the science behind sleep and sleeping better. But if you’re a regular reader, you probably ask the same question I do:
Hey, does this really work?
I don’t post this research so we’re all better prepared for Jeopardy. And if it’s stuff that only works in a lab, well, I don’t live in a lab.
So I’ve been testing a few things. Like any mad scientist, on myself.
Here’s what I learned:
Seeing Trends Can Tell You A Lot
By using a cool little app called Sleep Cycle I was able to track a lot of data regarding how I sleep.
Merely seeing trends gave me more insight than you might expect into some bad habits.
I realized that the transition from the weekend back to the workweek was rough. I always screwed myself on Sunday nights:
What was happening? My weekend schedule was very different than my workweek schedule and this meant a lot less sleep on Sunday night.
As if I really needed something to make Monday mornings worse.
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