When I was about 3 years old, my parents let me stay up one night as an experiment. Just to see how long I'd last. When I was still happily playing at 2am, they finally gave up and put me to bed!
I'm also a procrastinator--a dangerous thing for a night owl. If there are things I need to do I spend all day dragging my feet...and then (surprise surprise) feel very productive when I stay up all night doing them! It just fuels my nocturnal tendencies!
As a result of this I have NEVER been a morning person. I hate getting up early (especially for flights)! I always prefer to start work a little later in the day and work into the night. I've had the wonderful luxury of doing just that these last few months. But of course, you don't always get to decide your own schedule!
Now that I've taken this job my biggest focus at the moment is figuring out how to keep running a priority. I'll be working long hours, often at client sites. My days will vary but it still means most of the time....I'LL HAVE TO GET UP EARLY IN THE MORNING BEFORE WORK AND RUN!
Did I just say that?!
Somehow this night owl will have to morph into an early bird. It means @6amclub for me. *GULP*
I know I shouldn't freak out or whine about it. Amazingly there are so many of you getting up even earlier, not just for work but for your families! That is some serious running dedication!
So you know what? I'm going to prove that I'm dedicated, too! I will get up early even if I have to set 2 alarms, and I'll make sure that I run enough to train for the Edinburgh Marathon or whatever challenge I decide to go for next.
So starting Wednesday (I'm a procrastinator, remember?) I'm going to be a faithful member of the @6amclub so it's not such a shock to the system when I go back to work. I know it won't be easy, and I bet there will be a few bumps along the way. But a part of me is excited to see how I do.
Can night owls ever become happy, successful early birds? Or only very tired, reluctant ones?
I guess I'll have to wait and see....