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9:30 a.m. is a magical time of day for me

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No matter how hard I try, I can’t possibly be productive before 9:30 a.m.

It never fails, every morning I find myself looking at the clock at 9:30 a.m. and realizing that I am, once again, just now getting down to business.

I don’t think it’s just because I get to work from home most days and can take my time showering, getting a cup of coffee, throwing a load of laundry in the wash, and just generally screwing around until I feel like accomplishing something. When I had a full-time day job where I had to actually be someplace at a certain time, I was still incapable of accomplishing anything before 9:30 a.m.

I remember when I used to get to work at 7:30 a.m. at one previous job. That sucked. I had to get up pretty early to get myself and my kid (I only had one at the time) and my husband-at-the-time (who is now, thank God, my ex,) up and ready to go. (Seriously, I may as well have had 2 kids.) I would get all of us dressed and ready to go, and usually get us where we needed to be on time (unless my BIG baby decided to oversleep or throw a temper tantrum on the way and make us all late.)

I digress, as usual.

So, I would be at work by 7:30 a.m. (usually,) and I would sit at my desk and screw around for 2 hours. Every day.

I’d busy myself with busy work, play around with my e-mail, check my personal e-mail, look at some news articles online, go to the restroom 3 or 4 times, maybe stop at the vending machine, chat with a co-worker (my supervisor was notorious for helping us waste large quantities of time on office gossip,) whatever, anything to avoid sitting down and actually working. And I wasn’t the only one. It always seemed to me like everyone in the office took at least an hour or two to settle in each morning. Luckily, I could usually get twice as much work done in half the time it took most my co-workers. It’s a wonder some of them ever accomplished anything.

So what’s my point, anyway? My point is, we all seem to have a specific time of day when we are most productive. My productive time is from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and once in a while I wake up at 1:00 a.m. and scribble furiously in a notebook for 3 or 4 hours. That’s my productive time. Those are the times when I know I can count on myself to accomplish something.

Now that I only get paid for the hours I actually do something, that kinda sucks. Gone are the days when I could screw around for 2 hours each work morning and still get paid for it. But, don’t you think employers would start to realize that most of their workers waste a good part of the time they spend at work? Don’t you think employers should makes some effort to try to figure out when their workers are actually productive and have them come to work then? What is the point of paying a worker to simply “be there” during a time of day when he or she is simply not going to get anything accomplished?

I wonder about these things sometimes. Do you? Comment below and tell me what you think.

~Mandy Webster

P.S. The reason you’re able to read this post so early this morning is because I wrote it yesterday and scheduled it to post itself this morning before I was even considering getting out of bed.

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