Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Working early is a waste of everyone's time

My blast of energy tends to come in the evening, at 6 or 7pm, when we normally play tennis. After that I'm revving to go, and stayed up until 1030pm last night playing the Wii Fit. Then I couldn't fall asleep even though earlier in the day I was exhausted. I'm a night owl. I prefer the evening, and like to sleep in until a "decent" hour, which is 7am or 8am. This marks the second night in a row that I've gotten 6 hours of sleep, which just doesn't cut it in terms of productivity.

I got to work at 8am, and 2 hours later, I'm still trying to wipe the cobwebs from my brain. I've booked a few interviews, did one interview, and now I'm just reading newspapers from around the country looking for story ideas. I am working, but its just going at a very. slow. pace. I keep forgetting what I'm looking at or why, or that I'm even writing a blog post about my lack of ability to write and concentrate. What was I saying? Hmmmm. Long day ahead.
Luckily next week my hours are shifting one forward. I'll be here from 9am to 5pm, yes, I know I'm EXTREMELY lucky to be working "bankers hours" in radio. I would die if I had to work at 2am, 3am, or even 4am, like so many people do.
I just think its best to tap into everyone's strengths. I'm highly productive when I'm awake and kicking, not when I'm slowly trying to wake up by reading USA Today and the New York Times over and over again.
The fog this morning doesn't help. It's hugging all the buildings, creating the "caccoon effect." I wish I could crawl into bed, and hybernate for the next 6 months.


Dan-Eric Slocum said...

Kristin. I think you and I are kindred spirits, in so many ways.

I just love your posts.

This one strikes my very soul. I'm a night owl and have been since I was a little kid. When my grandmother from California would visit, she would let me stay up REALLY late with her and watch Johnny Carson. I LOVED that.

When I started working in broadcasting-- I ALWAYS went to work at 3pm and worked until after the 11 o'clock news. So, that's why my schedule now (writing) is so great for my productivity. I'm able to start writing about 1 or 2 in the afternoon-- and write straight through until Andy gets home at 8pm. Then we chat and have fun and I go up to the Library to watch my pundits and read my books. Andy and Watson-- "hit the hay" a bit early for my tastes. I'm up with Letterman and Ferguson and then Worldwide Exchange on CNBC. Bedtime. 2am.

Isabel said...

The fog does seem to make things drag. At least I think so.

Colleen said...

Ha... you get used to it. 2am on the clock looks normal now :)

Paula said...

Night Owl and Lark are absolutely true. My son also has been a night owl since birth, and says, like a cat, he gets a surge of energy around 9 p.m. If he could design his schedule (he's 18), it would probably be 2 a.m. (to bed) and 10 a.m. (to rise). I'm an early morning person and go to the gym at the crack of dawn. That said, it is hard to get motivated for strenuous exercise that time of morning. Kristin, too bad you don't like hard rock! I listened to the new Metallica CD at the gym and felt I was on steroids, I had so much energy - LOL! Their song "The Day That Never Ends" is one of rock's all time greatest.