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January 08, 2003

One of the s that stayed on last night was here, at my desk. A very important project had to be ready for this morning and so I stayed up again, making all the adjustments needed for things to go smooth today. I was really happy to sit in that cab at 4:30 am this morning. Just a few precious hours of sleep and I am back at the desk, after a short presentation.
The writer in the office next to me just started singing with a really incredible voice. I knew that he played guitar quite amazingly, but I have never heard him sing.
Lack of sleep results in my body just going into auto-pilot mode. So I am not even sure if I am really writing this. I do feel the size of my skin however, as it seems to be covered with tiny crawling electrical discharges. My brain has been replaced by a larger, more cottony model, slower and less worried about possible mistakes. I would not recommend to myself any us of any heavy machinery.
Last night was not so bad actually. My record period of continuos work without sleep will hopefully remain the 64 hours I spent working on an animation project for a German bank, but that was in 1992.
(And yes, productivity does drop after the first 16 hours.)


mini thins, red bull, no doze...breakfast of champions

Posted by: em!ly on January 8, 2003 03:33 PM

64 hours is an impressive feat! For me personally, it probably would have been more productive to sleep twice for 7 hours and work the remaining 52 hours.. Was this at the office the whole time?

Posted by: Jim on January 9, 2003 12:28 AM

such incredible endurance. it should be an olympic sport. gold medal for witold in the Crazy Deadline event...

Posted by: shauna on January 9, 2003 12:43 AM

Yes, at the office. Both times.

Actually... I really recommend to work for maybe two hours at a time and to rest in between. This entire blog is placed somewhere in the place of rest.
I do not recommend to work for such long periods of time at all. The first thing to go out the door is judgement, the second one is creativity, and intelligence, which sneaks out the door as well does not come back for days after such a marathon of work.
So the quality suffers, a lot.
I just woke up.
Had I not deleted an important file... I would have definitely not stayed up all night.
: )

Posted by: witold on January 9, 2003 07:14 AM
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