Today I start my new work schedule. I had mentioned before that I was moving to my permanent work schedule this week, but what I didn’t mention was that my permanent work schedule is also an hour earlier.
I have to be at work at 7 AM today.
If that doesn’t sound radical to you, than you are not familiar with my now-former lifestyle as a non-morning person. I have always found my most wakeful, enjoyable, and productive hours to be between 5 (really, 7) and 10 at night. I have a hard time making myself go to bed if I’ve gotten off my schedule. When I had my old job, I’d frequently sleep in until 8 or 8:30–even 9, on my late days during tax season.
Then, when I was unemployed, well, things got a little crazy. Like 9:30-felt-too-early-to-wake-up crazy. (Still, I’m not a teenager, so I never slept later than 10:30, and only then a couple of times.)
But during my unemployment, I started to consider what I would want in a job. If I could choose my hours, which would I choose? The more I thought about it, the more I desired earlier hours. In part, to shorten my commute time, and in part to better use my day. It always seems like I get more done in an evening if I get home earlier.
So when I was given the choice between a 7-4 and an 11-8 shift, it was no question. I gladly requested the 7-4 shift. I want to be the first one here in the morning (and the first one out). I like the quiet hours where you can get work done without outside distraction.
Perhaps I’m not as much of a non-morning person as I thought.