Why can't I just get up early, shower and dress, eat, walk the dog, and go?
June 21, 2012 10:49 AM Subscribe
How can I train myself to get into work by 9AM when nobody but me seems to care at all what time I come in?
posted by Scientist to Work & Money (61 answers total) 78 users marked this as a favorite
Evening person here. I hate mornings like Garfield hates Mondays. I'm also a big procrastinator, moreso than most people, and anyway I find it hard to power through an unpleasant task without some kind of external stimulus prodding me along. Getting up and out of the house in the morning is such a task, and it's causing me no end of frustration.
I have a job I like where I set my own hours, and that's great. I have work to do, and I'm expected to just come in and do it in whatever time works best for me. Nobody has complained that I'm not getting my work done -- my supervisors are supportive and empowering and seem very happy with my performance.
I, however, am not happy with my performance. I want to be spending more time at work and I want to get there earlier in the morning. The experience I am getting is very valuable to me, I can really use the extra hours, and I enjoy my work and find it much more fulfilling than procrastinating for three hours in the morning about getting up and out the door. I would not be lacking for things to do, either.
I don't know why I can't seem to manage this. I wake up as late as 9:30, have a long breakfast on my computer or with a book, shower, maybe read some more, get dressed, make lunch, procrastinate about random unimportant things, pack my bag, putt around the house a bit straightening up things that could probably wait, walk the dog, water the plants... I probably have about a solid hour of work to do in the morning to get ready, but between oversleeping and procrastination I usually end up spending more like three not-very-pleasant hours doing things instead of just powering through and getting out the door. It's become a habit and a source of great frustration.
What can I do about this? How can I retrain myself? Just thinking hard about this is almost physically painful, and as much as I try to stay on track I find myself wandering off, sometimes accidentally and sometimes intentionally. I would feel much better about life in general if I could get this under control. Help!