Most people enter University and find their sleep cycle turned on its head. I’m one of them. It’s not something I exclaim about, but it’s something I’ve found works for me. I’m slow in the mornings – so I stay up later at night to finish off everything that I want to. It’s just the way I function. It isn’t universal and I don’t impose it on people when I’m working on teams. Working on teams tends to need compromise from everyone to ensure you’re overlapping in terms of the time you’re working on an active project – just to efficiently discuss things which are open items/still active.
Oh my God, I just used the phrase “open items” in a blog post. I’m talking like a Corporate lawyer now. What has happened to me?
Basically. My sleep cycle sucks. It’s my own fault. I work a certain way and I prioritize things in a particular manner. The compromise I make – and I’m comfortable making for now, is sleep.
Few people understand that, few don’t.
And it’s lovely and fine and dandy when it’s self-inflicted.
However. On principle, it starts to affect me a little when it isn’t necessarily self-inflicted and the late nights arise from things outside your sphere of control. It isn’t rage as much as it creates a lot of doubt about why I’m undertaking what I’m undertaking – and whether it’s something I’m happy doing.
That’s what happened over the last month. The answer was largely yes – because I ended work every single day with a lot of satisfaction about what I had managed during the day, and being happy with the kind of work I was given.
But working late nights for such a prolonged period can change you. It changes how you view your day – and your construction of how many hours you have each day – which begins to stretch as you go along.
It begins to affect your eating habits. The kind of food you eat starts to become the answer to “what’s convenient” rather than the answer to “what do I want to eat”.
It affects your lifestyle at home.
Essentially, my conclusion of things is that it’s a domino effect. Here’s how. You let one thing out of your control affect something personal – in this case, client expectations/work, affecting the number of hours you spend in the office. That factor makes its way into everything else and starts to put small small decisions of yours out of your control.
I say all this now. But trust me – I loved staying back those late nights. Solely because the kind of work I got was mind-blowing and the people I was working with were amazing. Made me very happy to stay in the office for as long as they wanted me to.