There has been a lot of articles online recently about whether being a night owl or a morning lark is better?
There are apparently two types of people. I am obviously a night owl. I went to bed at 11:30 pm, read TMZ.com, Quora.com and the DailyMail, (a garbage newspaper out of the U.K.) None of the above was very interesting except the article about Kim Kardashian and how she got her photo cut out of a Jewish newspaper because she is a female, so by 1:00 am I started reading a novel written by a famous chef. It was interesting for about an hour, then I turned the lights off. Sleep still eludes me.
Sometimes I like to sketch handbags in the middle of the night but only if I am getting paid for it. The benefit of being a night owl is that sometimes that is when I am the most creative. The downside is that I miss out on morning meetings. I don't take any meetings before 10:00 am. Unless like this morning I had to take the pug in to get his maleness removed and they wanted him there by 8:00 am.
Years ago I had a corporate job in Los Angeles that the boss wanted everyone there at 7:30 am. I was the in house designer and lived about a 45 minute commute away. I think I came in the office one or two times at 7:30 am. I usually got there around 8:30 am. He never fired me, I was there for almost three years, then I left for another opportunity. I have never been let go for not being on time. When you design and sell bags for a living you are allowed a little leeway. I am not a surgeon or a bus driver. I can work at 2 am dealing with China if I need to.
There are benefits to being a morning person. You can sit in rush hour traffic and drink coffee at 7:00 am and you get to be in line at Starbucks with all the other people. You can also be the only one at the 6:00 am fitness class. Big deal. I don't feel like I am missing out because I can't get my cardio in at dawn.
It is nice that employers are now starting to be flexible. Not everyone is a morning person and if their brains are not working at the crack of dawn why would you want them at their desk?
Flextime is the best invention. Allowing employees to work from home once or twice a week is awesome. Who wants to sit in traffic 2 or 3 hours a day? I have a friend in Los Angeles that said her commute is 3 hours per day, just to get to her desk by a certain time in the morning. If she had flextime her commute could be cut in half.
Its almost 3:00 am here. I am not sure when I will fall asleep but its great that my first client meeting is not until late morning. I will always be an owl.
Note: Please excuse the typos - its 3:00 am here!