Can you rewire a night person?

First, you should know that I have a new iPod. Her name is Evangeline, Evangeline, I think I love you. Okay, it’s just Evangeline. Eurydice is dead. Probably wasn’t such a good idea to name her after a Greek chick who died not once, but twice (sorta). Anyway, her problem might be the battery. Now that I’ve got a new iPod, I think I’ll try to replace her battery and see what happens.

Anyway, it’s 10:30 here at Supergenius HQ and aside from the writing I did for work I got bupkis done today. I’m having a hard time with the adjustment. I come home from work and the most that I can do is kick ass at WordTwist and stare at the wall until I go to bed. I’ve been meaning to write a review of The fan-fucking-tastic Gargoyle for about a fortnight and have I? No. Same goes for a short story I owe Dale.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot people? This blows! I didn’t have this problem when I was at Hell, Inc. I keep trying to tell myself that my brain is just gonna need a little time to get used to the new situation. It’s kind of used to having a leisure time and now it doesn’t have that kind of time. The brain’s a muscle, right? Perhaps mine has gotten incredibly lethargic over my 10-months of total slack.

I keep dancing around the idea that maybe I need to become a morning person. Because if I get up early, I could write before work. But I’ve just never been much of a morning person. I seem to do better, at least creatively, between the hours of like 9:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. However, that schedule is not conducive to me being present and attentive at my daily 8:45 a.m. stand-up meeting.

A lot of times I just chalk that up my nocturnal nature to being undisciplined. A disciplined person could make themselves a morning person, right? Or is that total bullshit?

P.S. If I had more capacity right now, I’d have totally made that whole Eurydice-battery-replacement hooha some sort of metaphor for my problem. But I didn’t.

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11 Comments

  1. Jason 20.Nov.08 at 8:48 am

    After keeping a steady job for eight years, I have become a person whose body cannot sleep in and has trouble staying up late. But I still think and work better at night. There are no priorities and nothing to come; no errands, no meals, no phone calls, no places to be. Day time is auctioned off and it’s lost quickly. Night time is space to be filled – the only end is sleep. So I can just think and work until I’m done.

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  2. Lerren 20.Nov.08 at 12:49 pm

    After years and years of fighting with this (8:30 am classes? seriously? what are we, attempting to up coffee sales on campus?) I’ve been diagnosed with delayed circadian rhythm. I’ve decided to just live with it – at least I have a medical note to prove it to future employers / universities. It’s just society that tells you you should be up that early, anyways – I’m more productive after midnight than most are all day.

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  3. christa 20.Nov.08 at 2:27 pm

    “delayed circadian rhythm” is my favorite thing in the world. i have it too, according to myself. i’m half handling it and half going crazy.

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  4. Jodi 20.Nov.08 at 2:33 pm

    Do you have to have a doctor’s note for this kind of thing? Because if not, I am diagnosing myself too. Maybe we should have a telethon to raise funds.

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  5. bamboozlde 20.Nov.08 at 6:08 pm

    The brain’s a muscle, right?

    the brain is sometimes compared to a muscle – as in ‘use it or lose it’ – but it is not itself a muscle.

    the brain is actually connected to muscles, though, through efferent and afferent peripheral nervous system nerves and nerve bundles. interestingly enough, not all nerves send signals all the way back to the brain, although most of our musculoskeletal movement/proprioception is routed through the brain via the basal ganglia.

    so…yeah.

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  6. Amanda 20.Nov.08 at 7:06 pm

    Slate posed that very question a few months ago. I’ve yet to try it out myself, and I don’t think there’s anything to be done about one’s peek creativity time, but perhaps this is worth a shot.

    http://www.slate.com/id/2193208/

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  7. Lerren 20.Nov.08 at 8:47 pm

    It actually required a pretty extensive sleep study for me, but I live in the Land of Socialism and “Hey, we can test for this!”… so yeah. I think 6” of medical files = “note”. But it might be worth discussing with a doctor for yourself. (This same study gave me severe sleep apnea and my, hasn’t that been enjoyable)

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  8. Ryan 21.Nov.08 at 6:30 am

    The fact that I’m reading this at 5:20am should provide some encouragement… I used to use 11pm-3am as my most productive/creative hours; now, I punch out by 11pm (at the latest). When you do get your schedule flipped, you’ll find that waking up early is also a great way to capture those extra, uninterrupted hours of the day.

    Oh, and I applaud you on your proper use of metaphor. Nice work!

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  9. Jodi 21.Nov.08 at 10:59 am

    Ryan, if I used metaphor incorrectly, the I should probably not have the job I have.

    How long does it take you to properly “wake up?” Because I usually don’t feel awake until at least 9 p.m.

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  10. Lerren 21.Nov.08 at 11:21 pm

    Actually, at least in my testing, that was a huge part of it – what time you feel “tired” versus what time you feel “sleepy,” and what time you wake up vs. what time you feel conscious.

    All I can say is that for me, I started resembling edward norton at the beginning of fight club ENTIRELY too much.

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