Circadian Rhythms

This week is a bit of an anomaly at the day job as I'm technically not doing any work. Instead I'm participating in an online course to bring my knowledge of a couple tools up to code so that work can be assigned to me going forward. These courses are conducted by an Australian company and we meet daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm which, for me, would be 8:00am to 4:00pm. After the course finishes I stay at my desk for two hours to tend to any of the issues reported by colleagues and then put the computers away for the night. What this means is that from 6:00pm until the following morning, I am not using any of my notebooks. I'm in bed by 11 o'clock and asleep within a minute of putting my head down.

This is quite the nice change of pace after a year and a half of being available for people on three continents for 16 hours a day1.

According to SleepCycle, my sleep-tracking application, my rest isn't any better but I would beg to differ. The typical morning grog is gone as is the slight anxiety that I generally feel shortly before opening Outlook to check the mail. One could really get used to the idea of stopping work for the night if such a thing could be consistently done.

The global project that I'm currently involved in should be "done" at some point in the next 12 months2, at which point it should be possible to re-arrange the working day again. No longer will I need to work 8 hours during the day and 2~4 hours after the boy has gone to bed. Instead I'll be working mostly with the Australian team, so that's an early start and an early finish. Hopefully this will free up the evenings completely, because a person can only be focused on work for so long before they are ineffective.

By this time next year, I'd really like to have the old Circadian rhythm back from when I used to work in the classroom: in bed by 11:30 and awake at 6:30. This wasn't always possible, of course, but doing this 90% of the week is a heck of a lot better than the once a week I currently manage.

  1. Just because I was available does not mean I was working. Mind you, I typically do between 10 and 12 hours per day.

  2. It's expected to be done for January or Februrary, so I'll just slap an extra half year onto that estimate becuase "corporations".