Today was day 2 of waking up at 6 a.m. to work. As with Sunday, I showered at night, so I could pop up and get straight to work. I put on my fleece and grabbed my glasses, came downstairs, turned up the heat, started the coffee, and opened my laptop. That meant I was working by 6:05. I processed 4 time logs before I stopped at 7:25. I am getting more efficient. The first ones took me 30-40 minutes and after about 20 of them I’m down to 20 minutes.
Progress is motivating. I also find this work inherently fascinating, as I see the different ways people live their lives. I am seeing a few of my hypotheses confirmed: In terms of work-life “balance” during the workweek, flexibility matters more than hours worked. Two people working the exact same number of hours can see their families for very different amounts of time on days that don’t start with S. I also see the inherent problem in asking anyone about a “typical” day. Very few women sleep the exact same amount every night. Some do! But only a few. One woman, for instance, got 5.75 hours one night and 9.5 hours on another, and 8.0 on a third. Those are during the work week, too — not the difference between weekends and weekdays. So which is “typical”?
Anyway, I do like getting up to work. We had a close call this AM when I heard the 2-year-old stirring at 6:20. Fortunately, she fell back asleep. I can see that with this experimental schedule I’m not actually working more. Rather than working from 9-11 p.m. last night, I worked from 9-10, then took my shower and went to bed. However, I am probably better able to focus on Excel cell counting and calculations in the AM over coffee than at 9 p.m. over a glass of wine.
If you’re getting up on time this week, how’s it going?