It’s late at night. Normal people are in bed. Why aren’t you?

“I’ve got one more section.”
“I need to send one more email.”
“Let me check one more thing.”

If you’re like me, “one more” always leads to one more. Then, one more. What time is it? Past your bedtime, booski. To break this pattern, use an alarm to signal a stopping point or play music. The latter works best for me because of my connection to it. If a song is supposed to make me feel a certain way, re: sleepy,  I usually do.

This is the “I’m going to bed right after I finish this” playlist. Use it to prepare work notes, twist your hair, or make baloney sandwiches. This playlist has enough energy for task completion but not much else. By the end, you should be slow dancing your way to the bedroom.

Track List:
1. Pretty Girls – Little Dragon
2. The Journey – Tom Misch
3. Stay the Same ft. Andreya – Bonobo
4. Jazz Hop –  Gas Lab & Traum Diggs
5. Someone Out of Town – Yuna
6. Mona Ki Ngi Xica – Bonga
7. Autumn Leaves – Charlie Rouse & Julius Watkins
8. I’ll Be Seeing You – Billie Holiday
9. Tenderly – Jackie Gleason
You can listen to the playlist on my youtube.

Two questions: What song makes you sleepy? When was the last time you slow danced?


1. Booski: a term of endearment; typically refers to a significant other or close friend.
2. There’s no way you still eat baloney, right? Do we even know what baloney is?!
3. I love reading your comments. Keep them coming.


Nomi · 08/24/2014 at 2:22 pm

Chet Faker- No Diggity

I heard this remix at a restaurant last evening. I immediately started slow dancing in my chair…then I looked around the room and saw others, including staff, swaying around with themselves. It was perfect.

Angel · 08/22/2014 at 2:34 am

@Badiyah. Nora has the sleepiest voice.

Badiyah · 08/22/2014 at 12:15 am

Nora Jones entire collection makes me sleepy, lol. Can’t remember a slow dance but a split…

Angel · 08/20/2014 at 12:01 am

@Alexandra. Priceless!!!

ween · 08/19/2014 at 5:05 pm

it’s like you’re in my head! too many morning workouts being missed bc of this reoccurring theme.

Alexandra Stone · 08/19/2014 at 4:38 pm

I danced to Chris Browns ” Dont think they know” all day today ;)…waiting for Nico to come home and dance with him to it!

Angel · 08/19/2014 at 10:00 am

@Slomo. I see where you coming from, re: music will just quietly encourage the engine to keep running. I’d say try music AND the alarm. Because this is a pattern for you, perhaps the combination will have a greater impact. Good luck! And please go to sleep when normal people do. ES

Slomo · 08/19/2014 at 8:51 am

PS – This is soooooooo every night of my life. I think I need to set an alarm. Soothing music might send me a message of “It’s gonna be okay, keep on going, you gonna be aight….” whereas as alarm will tell me, “get yo @$$ in bed!” As you know I respond pretty well to the latter.

Slomo · 08/19/2014 at 8:34 am

1. Moonshine Lullabye by Bernadette Peters (Annie Get Your Gun Broadway Soundtrack)

2. Funny you should ask. Last week I tried slow-dancing to A Song for Mama with my mama while she was trying to cook/be productive. She acted like she wasn’t into it, or even remotely amused, but I know that she was smiling on the inside.

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