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scheduleIt’s hard to force yourself to get up at 8 a.m. when there is “no reason to.” You might be swamped with work, but you’re tired from writing till 3 a.m. last night (while watching George Lopez—this is my late night guilty pleasure). Should you move from your warm cocoon and start your day, or snooze till 10 a.m. and end up working until 3 again?

Some experts suggest working when you are at your best. For some that is the morning, for others that is the wee hours of the morning. Because I only worked for a few months, I think my body easily slipped back into college mode: Get up late, stay up late. And I do thrive at night. I bang out some kick-ass ideas and writing while laughing along to G-Lo (my nickname for the George Lopez show) at 1 a.m. But I’m beginning to doubt if this is a good way to keep working.

Tomorrow starts my foray into the real world of hours (again). Unlike in college, I can’t craft my schedule to rise at 10, start work at 11 and end the evening at 2 a.m. (with a cup of a cold tea and notebooks all over the floor for me to trip over in the morning). Though I find myself most inspired at night, I’m going to try this experiment and see if I can train my body to function more along the lines of the rest of the world. If you are having similar scheduling problems, see if this works for you, too:

I am going to wake up at 9 on the dot (no snoozing!!), start work by 10 and be in bed by 12, everyday for a week. I’ll report to you and see how this works out. If you try out my little experiment, let us know if it works for you. How do you keep to a schedule, or do you just go with the clock of your own body?

Till tomorrow,
C

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