Burning the midnight oil

By Katharine Swan On Thursday, June 22, 2006 At 1:42 AM

About a week ago, I got onto a much later schedule when I stayed up late to meet a deadline. Since then, I've been staying up until about 4 or 5 a.m., and waking up around noon or 1:00. One day I actually slept until 3:00!

My schedule has gone a little like this:

Get up around noon. Work until Michael gets home, around 4:30 or 5:00 most of the days in question.

Spend time with Michael: eat dinner, chat, watch a movie.

After Michael goes to bed (roughly 11 p.m. or midnight), work until 4 or 5 a.m.

Start over again with a wakeup time of noon!

It's actually been a very efficient schedule for me. I'm able to spend time with Michael, and get a good amount of work done. I feel like working late at night suits me, first of all because there is nothing to distract me from my work, and second of all because I don't have to deal with the heat of a non-air conditioned house.

However, the schedule doesn't coincide with the babysitting job I have on Friday: I have to work from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.

Not only does that mean I have to adjust to an earlier schedule - all at once, I might add - it also takes time away from some work I'm doing right now, with several very important deadlines looming over my head. In some ways I think it's good that I get on an earlier schedule - it seems like a good idea to be on the same schedule as the majority of the world, at any rate - but in other ways I feel like it's putting a kink in a very good routine I had going here.

Well, at any rate - I am just about to go to bed, a little earlier than usual, which will hopefully prepare me for the schedule adjustment I must make on Friday!

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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