I am a morning person, particularly if I have to do anything that requires use of my brain. I can do a huge amount in a short space of time. Later on in the day, I lose concentration so I prefer to do other sorts of activities. I’ve always preferred to go to work early and finish early and as we have flexi time where I work, I’d been able to work with my natural rhythms.
About a year ago, I got promoted at work. I gradually found myself fitting in with the subtle managerial culture at work which is that it’s ok to come in late and finish late, but not ok to come in early and finish early, even if you work the same number of hours as the late starters.
At first I did come in just a little later, but I soon found I was meeting mission creep at the other end of the day and my days were getting longer and longer. To counteract this, I began to come in later like the other managers. I’d get up at 6, play the violin, do some cleaning and then drift in for between 9.30 and 9.45. I always felt a bit disorientated though, I couldn’t get started properly on things and I just seemed to be getting more and more tired. I still fell off a cliff in the late afternoon – I didn’t work effectively when I stayed late and then I’d come home and flop.
I’ve had migraines since I was a child, but over the last year the headaches have got worse – I often start them on a Friday and then they last for most of the weekend. Last weekend was the final straw with a really bad one, which has pulled me up short. I’ve made a decision that I’m not going to fit in with the herd anymore, I’m going back to what works for me.
So this week I’ve started going in for 8 to 8.15 and making sure I finish no later than 5. Tomorrow I’ve got orchestra in the evening so I’ll be finishing at 4.45 so I don’t have to rush, as I have been doing for the last few months. I still get up at the same time for music practice, but then I just get a move on and head for work early. In the evenings, just by being home 30 mins to an hour earlier, I seem to have much more energy. I’ve had time to do the other stuff like cleaning, cooking, crafts, seeing friends, music and blogging.
I know I’m doing things differently to everyone else, but equally, I know I’m good at what I do at work. I’m going to take a deep breath and carve my own furrow – my health and happiness are too important.
What have you done differently to the herd?
Until next time, Tawney x