The Intellectual Renewal Challenge

Folks, it’s time for a new challenge. We need to refresh ourselves intellectually, get out of a mental rut, and approach the new academic year (or the Fall, for those who are not academics) feeling renewed and prepared to solve problems and find original, unexpected answers to our questions. 

The challenge is based on the principle that intellectual enrichment is impossible without some discomfort. We preach this to our students (or to the whiny folks on faraway campuses who beg for safe spaces and trigger warnings.) Now is the time to practice what we preach. 

WEEK 1. Starting with the basics

This week we will try to introduce some variety into our sleeping arrangements. At least twice this week, try to sleep in a way you normally don’t. Sleep on a different side of the bed, put your head where your feet normally are, sleep in a different room. 

The goal is too see something different when you wake up, force yourself to take a different route to the bathroom if you do get up at night, etc. We are experimenting with geography here, so keep that in mind. 

Welcome to the Challenge!


6 thoughts on “The Intellectual Renewal Challenge”

  1. Ha, as luck would have it, I was already trying it this week. Have been sleeping on the couch in the living room. Just for variety. 🙂


    1. You are ahead of the trend! Good for you. 🙂

      Often, people intuitively put these methods into practice because they feel a need for a greater intellectual presence.


  2. Stuff I’ve realized after sleeping on the opposite side of the bed for 2 nights
    * All the “new” things I’ve done this year are things I used to love doing when I was a kid, and I am very fine with that.
    * I like this side of the bed better, at least around this time of the year, because it makes the light hit my eyes at just the right time to wake me up gently 10 minutes before my alarm rings


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