Friday, April 8, 2011

Night and Day

The Breakers

I have always been a night person.  When I worked for The Breakers Hotel, way back when, I worked the 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm shift and loved it.  I could get errands and chores done in the morning and party after work (I did mention it was a long time ago). 

I left The Breakers to follow my heart all the way to New Hampshire.  In NH staying out till 10:00 pm was apparently late!  I changed my ways and started getting up early, working the normal 8-5, and being in bed by 11.  I wasn’t thrilled but it was what my life demanded.

My heart broke and I moved back to Florida but to the opposite coast.  Again my job requirements were such that I had to be at work at 7:30 and to do that I needed to be in bed at 10:00.  This went on for 13 years so I thought it was my “normal” body schedule.

The company was sold several times and changed to the point it wasn’t the same company any more so I had come to a crossroads.  I decided to work from home for a company a few hours away.  I loved it for the first two years!  I was able to get up at 7 am and be at “work” by 7:30.  If business allowed I took a siesta in the afternoon which allowed me to sit back down at my desk at 10:00 pm at night and really hit my stride.  Yep still was a night owl. 

I stayed at that job for 4 years but realized after 2 that I really like having people around me and an office to go too.

Duncan having a siesta

What I have learned is that my body and mind works best if I could have a job where I could go to an office around 8:00 am and stay till say 2.  Home for lunch, a siesta, chores, and errands; then hit my home office around 9:00 for another 3-4 hours. 

Of course my best time isn’t what is normal for the construction industry so I will bide my time and dream of a day when it will.  When does your creativity flow?


  1. I have always been a morning person, I enjoy sunrises more than sunsets. But as I am getting older I am noticing a shift, I stay up a little later and sleep in a little longer. Maybe by our next vacation together we will be on the same schedule!

  2. That would be a hoot! Have a good time this weekend!

  3. I'm not a morning person, never will be - though, from Oct 2002-May 2010, I lived the life of one. Since becoming unemployed, my sleep schedule has varied drastically, from sleeping 4am-noon to 10am-7am, but I've found a decent stride, going to bed between midnight at 1, getting up around 9am. This way, if I want to stay up a little later, it doesn't throw me off, and if I need to get up earlier, it's not impossible.

    Creativity-wise, I can do that any hour of the day, really.

  4. It is good to know your body's rhythm. I hope that when you do find new employment it matches!
    Thanks for commenting!