For years, I had to get up really early to beat the traffic (which is increasingly stupid in Montréal) and find a parking spot near ETS (where I work). Suffice to have one circulation cone misplaced (or a dick using two parking spaces) and you have to pay for parking.
However, working schedules can really mess you up, and I decided recently to let go of it and just get at work later.
I find that fighting your natural daily schedule can work for a few days, a few weeks, but ultimately, you cannot do this very long. It eventually disrupts your sleeping patterns and you are always tired, your concentration goes down as well as your productivity.
It’s been a few weeks since I get up later (much later than 4:00 as I used to; also explaining why the blog posts come in at around 11h rather than 6h) and already I feel many of the benefits. I am more alert, productive, and I even cut a bit on coffee.
But this also means that I can reclaim late evening for writing, coding, and to have time for myself. During my Ph. D. years, I would usually get up late, go to bed rather late, and that allowed me to be much more productive than the reverse, that is, getting up early and being back home early. For one thing, due to my charming left-side neighbors (which are Olympic-class dicks), 17:00–21:00 is too noisy to get anything done; certainly not hearing yourself think, and, anyway, when you’re up at 4:00 in the morning, nothing useful will happen after 21:00.
So, let’s see how it works out from here, maybe I’ll be able to keep up better with blog-related (and other) writings. (I usually have quite a queue of posts, but recently, it has been almost depleted, but not quite empty, due to many things happening all at once, leaving with less time for the blog.)
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