Welcome all, to the tenth Sunday Short. This week I want to go into the snoozing problem or my challenges in getting up early.
Does the Early Bird Really Catch the worm?
So, are you a morning person or a night owl? Given I fall asleep at 10pm, I’m definitely a morning person. I feel more alive and productive in the morning. In comparison, in the late evening, I feel sluggish and tired. Hence I’m on team lark – an early riser.
Or so I thought; now lately, I’ve been struggling to get up for my 6am alarm, and have got into the snoozing habit. And this snoozing problem is getting worse, last week I snoozed the alarm every single day. WTF? So now I’ve got a snoozing problem, and the Type A part of my personality wants to sort this out. Snoozing is not productive, and getting this low quality sleep cannot be doing me any favours.
Originally I wanted to get up at 6am to get productive work done; do some journaling, yoga or run, Chinese and blog before work. But I’m finding after snoozing I’ve hardly got enough time to eat brekkie, hence not getting these things done. Article after article extolls the many virtues of rising early, and how the majority of top performers are early birds with rising times of 4am, 5am and 6am commonplace. But the articles outlining their bedtimes seem fewer, and the only ones I’ve seen tend to indicate they get by on minimal sleep – 4 hours a night cannot be good for you? So, what should I do? Is going to bed earlier the answer? Or the more radical solution of setting my alarm later?
Whatever I decide, I’m determined to end this snoozing problem – I need to either get to bed earlier or set the alarm later.
The Sunday Short also features a review of the past week and some thoughts on the coming week.
- The week has been perfect on the work side, uneventful and no long hours. And the overall stress level is reducing which is epic. Sadly the three-continent project which is ruining lunch is still ongoing. One continent gets 7am meetings, one 6pm meetings and one 1pm meetings. In a way it is balanced that everyone suffers, but I want a clear lunch slot back in my diary.
- And wow, no rejections yet on the trustee applications, although after a while I’m going to start calling the no replies rejections. How long should I give it?
- I had one interview this week – it didn’t go too well on reflection; it wasn’t bad per say, but I could have added and said so much more in support of my candidacy. Will find out either way in a couple of weeks.
- And another trustee interview added to the diary, this is quite a high profile charity, so it’s a complete long shot and I’m not getting my hopes up; but it will be a good experience. And I’m not loving the idea of facing a panel of four, let’s hope my nerves hold up.
- For some reason, my Chinese tone pronunciation has taken a turn for the worse – I’m really struggling to pronounce fourth tones, and had a really frustrating lesson when I just couldn’t do it. I know what to do, but making my mouth pronounce it is the hard bit. Hopefully, it gets easier in the future – or maybe I need a speech therapist?
- My Parkrun time is finally improving, without me feeling like I’m dying. However, the nice weather keeps bringing out loads of people, and it’s getting really rather busy each week. I’m not very good at getting past people, I have to wait till the hills to power past.
And the coming week
- Another interview this week and I need to prepare better this time, and make sure I give full and complete answers to questions. And master the politician’s art of giving them information I want them to have, even though they did not ask for it.
- Another bank holiday weekend, another trip away. This time I’m off to Northern Ireland, so see the Giants Causeway and the Causeway coast itself. Luckily the weather is holding up, so it should be a good weekend. Now, all I need to do is remember how to drive a manual car!
Over to you?
- Has it been a good week?
- Any plans for next week?
- Are you a lark or an owl?
- What time do you rise?
Looking forward to your thoughts and ideas – all are welcome.