January 22, 2011

Problem-Solving Techniques Part 3: Being Woken Up

Strategy 1: Ignore

This could work very well for you, or it could get very ugly very fast, depending on the strength and willpower of your adversary.

Strategy 2: Intimidate

This one, admittedly, has never worked for me. But it may prove effective against a small child.

Strategy 3: Distract

This strategy is highly effective, but results only last for approximately ten minutes.

Strategy 4: Pathos

I can really only pull this one off about once a month.

Strategy 5: Bargain

You can gain a few more minutes if you're forceful enough.

Strategy 6: Reason

This one seems good in theory, but it never seems to work.

Strategy 7: Feign Consciousness

This one kind of never works, and you usually just end up conscious for real by the end of it.

The aforementioned strategies have never been shown to procure the desired results. That doesn't mean they're not worth trying anyway. I tried all of them myself this morning, in this order even, and while they really just postponed the inevitable, at least I woke up fighting.

I should also mention that, although it only takes a few minutes to read through these strategies, it takes close to 25 minutes to execute all of them properly. You have to be really serious about disregarding timeliness for the sake of sleep if you choose to attempt these techniques.

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