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The lesson I have to learn over and over and over.... [Jul. 16th, 2006|12:59 pm]
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Woke up this morning at 4am, and realized after about 20 minutes that I was not going back to sleep. Got to work instead.

As of now, 1pm, I have completed all the tasks I had assigned for myself today. I am going to go work out, take a break, and then spend some quality time with my flashcards, something I have not had time to do.

Why can I not remember how much better I function in the wee hours of the morning? I don't want to be one of those crazies who gets up before the chickens. But I am so much more efficient when I do. It's not just a matter of shifting around the hours; by 3pm my attention is seriously waning, and I feel trapped by the day. This way, I feel like I've gotten a lot done and I still have some time and energy to do more.

But I still hate a 4am alarm clock. Oy.

[User Picture]From: norda
2006-07-16 05:13 pm (UTC)
This phenomenon is one I have happening in my life as well.

I probably should make a huge plaque or two to put in my kitchen and my office.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-07-16 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I should cross-stitch something and hang it over the alarm clock.


Bitch, don' you touch that!

You know, subtle.
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[User Picture]From: jfargo
2006-07-16 05:40 pm (UTC)
When I wake up early - early being defined as 6am for me - I am much more productive than normal, and end up feeling better about myself as the day goes on.

However, I hate waking up early because it means for the first hour or so I'm tired, and I love my sleep. It's a horrible trade-off.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-07-16 05:45 pm (UTC)
I know the feeling. Like that hour of the day is an affront to mankind and all that is good in the world.

And yet, it's not. Very confusing.
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[User Picture]From: trianakvetch
2006-07-16 06:26 pm (UTC)
i hate getting up early as well...but I'm uber productive in the a.m. That's why I arranged with my boss for my schedule to be from 7:30-3:30. That schedule works much better for me.
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[User Picture]From: merle_
2006-07-16 06:57 pm (UTC)
I'm always more productive in the wee hours because everyone else is asleep, and there are no distractions. Nothing's on TV. Nobody is expecting something an hour from then. I'll go into work early, even if it means a ten hour day, just because during those two hours before others arrive I can get a complete day's worth of work accomplished.

But I'm not about to set my alarm early just for that. If I happen to wake up, bonus (aside from the tiredness). If not, that's fine, too.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-07-16 08:45 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's optional for me, from now until the exam.
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[User Picture]From: mycorethoughts
2006-07-16 08:18 pm (UTC)
I hate that early morning alarm clock as well, but I also function much better early in the morning. When I worked nights, it damned near killed me.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-07-16 08:44 pm (UTC)
Funny; when I was a teen 4am was a time to be getting to bed. A summertime alarm set before 9am bordered on obscene. How we change....

And I still love that icon. We just got the DVDs. Haven't had a chance to look at the extras yet.
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[User Picture]From: mycorethoughts
2006-07-16 08:49 pm (UTC)
My two older kids are night owls. I wasn't much of a night owl when I was in my teens, oddly enough. Of course, I worked after school, too, so that might explain some of it.

I guess I'm just one of those annoying morning people who everyone hates. :-/

One of these days I might get the DVDs. I saw a few episodes of Dr Who when I was in England.
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[User Picture]From: susitna
2006-07-17 06:47 pm (UTC)
I know! from about 13 until just this year, my natural sleep schedule kept me up until 6:30 am. It's changed so recently, but now I'm seriously dragging if I'm up after eleven.

Caffiene and stress making an exception to this rule of course.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-07-17 07:40 pm (UTC)
13? HA! I remember you at 3 years old saying to me, "Momma, I'm just like an owl! I sleep in the day and stay up at night. I'm nocturnal!"

Are you spending any time with the relatives, now that they are in town?
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[User Picture]From: susitna
2006-07-18 03:00 am (UTC)
Oh yeah!

And not yet, but tomorrow yes.
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[User Picture]From: yndy
2006-07-16 08:56 pm (UTC)
Your internal clock just can't be fought effectively.

I'm the opposite of you... given no restrictions - my body would stay awake until around 3-4am then wake up again around noon-1p... my peak efficiency hours are really after the sun sets - 7p-ish to midnight, 1a.

I do find it interesting to note that with only 2 exceptions - everyone I've ever asked who was a 'morning person' was born in the early a.m., and us night owls tend to be born evening hours.... it's like the body clock got set at birth.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-07-16 11:13 pm (UTC)
I was born in the afternoon - don't know what that means!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2006-07-16 10:40 pm (UTC)
I also find the early morning more productive; the brain and body are both well rested, everything seems to take less effort, and the TV, phone, other people, do not distract.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-07-16 11:18 pm (UTC)
I think there's a lot of truth to that.
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[User Picture]From: ithildae
2006-07-16 11:05 pm (UTC)
Provided that I have sufficient sleep, I find any time without distractions to be productive. (Sufficient sleep means waking up without the alarm set or going off.)

My current "daddy duty" is to stay up until the kids come home. That puts my productive time between 10:30 - 12:00 at night. Everyone else is in bed, and I can work uninterrupted.
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[User Picture]From: fortuna_juvat
2006-07-17 04:46 am (UTC)
Why is it that the best studying only occurs under unpleasant conditions?

I hate our school cafeteria - it's cold and has a machine that goes BEEP, but damn if I don't learn better there than anywhere else.
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