I promised myself that I wouldn't fall into the same trap, the trap that I had seen countless others fall into on blogs and in books. I promised I wouldn't think that I had adapted to the process on day four. All I can say in my defense, is that I hadn't slept in four days. I don't understand the inner workings well enough to explain why it happens (I wonder if anyone does), but around day four some people suddenly feel almost normal again. At least that's what it feels like to your addled mind. Not everyone gets it, but to those who do, be warned: it ain't over yet...not by a long way.

Day 4 - Phase 2 (05:47)

I've just had the best nap ever! I went to sleep exactly on time. I was feeling so tired that I was out like a light. I started to dream as soon as I went to sleep (something silly about being a secret agent) and it was so vivid. When I woke up, I felt like I had been sleeping for hours. I even had to check the clock to make sure I hadn't had a major slip up on the over sleeping front. I hadn't. Feeling great, and ready to take on the world. Maybe I'm finally getting somewhere. Perhaps not as hard as I had originally thought?

I should probably explain about the "phases" system I was using. I divided my day into six phases. One for each sixth of the day I was awake for. This system was useful for two reasons; firstly, it was a manageable time scale in which to do tasks. For example, I would often say, "O.K., in the next phase (3 hours and 40 mins.) I will watch a DVD, do this small bit of computer programming, and read a bit of this book". Then in the phase after that one, I will do this that and the other. In this way, so much could be achieved in a single day. Incidentally, the originator of the Uberman schedule named it "Uberman" for exactly this reason; you could do seemingly amazing amounts of things in one day, not, as many think, because it is so hard to do. This does mean that you need a truly massive list of "things to do", in order to even think of filling all your newly created spare time.