This is a long one and I apologize in advance:
In my late teens, I was diagnosed with non-24-hour circadian rhythm disorder. In short, my body believes each day is longer than 24 hours and I don't become naturally tired at the same time each day. To boot, the presence of the sun makes no difference one way or the other.
I've dealt with that by being a freelance programmer. Not having a preset daily schedule helped a great deal. I didn't have to dose myself with caffeine to stay awake during the day, thus degrading my abilities. (Sadly, it does sometime cause problems in relationships.)
Still, I've always had trouble sticking to even a loose schedule. And while I'm aware that's more of a personal problem than one caused by the disorder, I'm highly effective when my sleeping schedule aligns such that I can follow events in iCal or Google Calendar. Except during such alignments, it's practically useless to keep a standard calendar. For one, I get alerts at wrong times--or miss a slew-- and two, having to constantly rearrange/recalculate all the events is a time-consuming pain. And simply having a complex to-do list (which I do, I use an app called Process) isn't the answer because there are no consistent multi-stage deadlines to fight, thus diluting the deadline stress motivator.
So my basic question is the title: What are some way to increase productivity with a sleeping disorder?
- Are there calendar solutions that cope with sleeping disorders?
- Are there resources for people such as myself that I don't know about? Support groups, books, etcetera.