Hello. My name is Roxanne, and I’m a nightwalker.
(this is where y’all say “Hi Roxanne” and clap).
No, I’m not talking about being a vampire. Or a sleepwalker. I’m just nocturnal.
Don’t get me wrong, I do like the sun. I really do. It’s a really great thing. But…I’m really at my best at night, and I don’t mean a measly 11pm, when most of y’all daywalkers have turned in and are in the middle of REM sleep.
Midnight to 4am are some of my most productive hours. Heck, I’m mostly good from 2pm on, which gives me a few hours of daylight in the middle of winter.
And this world is dead-set against me because of that.
I can’t even tell you how many times It’s been implied that I’m lazy, sleeping in all the time like I do. I mean really, how could I not be lazy if I sleep in to noon.
So…how bout this. All you early risers who start at 7am, and think you’re super hard working and ultra productive. I’ve seen you take your hour lunch breaks, then leave at five to go home, and do non-work things. 9 hours a day, 5 days a week, at best, and you claim you’re super-hard-working dedicated people. (I won’t go into the golf afternoons)
If I go to work at 11am, more often than not I’ll leave at 7 with an hour lunch break. And then I’ll put in 3 or 4 more hours in the darkness of night. It’s not uncommon for us night-owl developers to put in 10-12 hour days. Those extra 3-4 hours? Those are the undisturbed hours, free of you daywalkers.
Who’s the lazy,unproductive one now, eh?
After 10pm, there’s no distractions from restaurants, shopping, and all that.
After 2am, you can’t even go to a bar. There’s nothing on but infomercials.
There’s no traffic on facebook. No news stories on the news sites. The internet grinds down for the most part (at least for your region). Plenty of time to be with your thoughts and ideas.
There’s nothing else to do but express ones creativity. Those are the best hours.
Day people still get preferable treatment. We still need to adjust our schedules to meet your needs. But you’re stuck in the past, in a time when the sun ruled over the only work available…agriculture.
We live in the future. A time where productivity is not ruled by that glaring orb.
Our only weakness? We’re exhausted, stuck adjusting our schedules to the needs of day people.
What if we, the night people, were well rested, living on our own schedules.
The early bird may get the worm, but the night owl gets much more than measly invertebrates crawling through the dirt. We hunt the early bird.