Yes, I made another attempt to shift my schedule back an hour, simply by setting my alarm clock an hour earlier, all the way back to 6:00 a.m. from 7:00 a.m. I ended up hitting the snooze button for just about a full hour. However, I usually do that these days, so that still gave me considerably more time this morning.
The theory behind this is to give me an hour or so of “personal project time” or so in the morning. During office hours, I’m pretty much working on office work, despite the occasional few minutes to sneak in a LiveJournal post like this. And, in the evenings, I only get personal time to work on things if I shut out the online world completely. There’s something to be said for doing just that, granted, and hoping that it does not cause undue panic among friends and acquaintances. (This is a peculiar artifact of our “always connected” generation. I call my mother weekly, each call lasts 45-60 minutes, and this is more communication than many of my friends who no longer live at home have with their parents. If, however, I stay off MUCKs and AIM for just two consecutive days, by the third day people I’ve never met face-to-face wonder if they should be filing missing persons reports.) But, since so many of my friends aren’t “morning people,” it means that if I actually got my butt in gear early, I’d get stuff done.
Which… isn’t what happened today, exactly, of course. I did some reading for a personal project of mine, and responded to a LiveJournal post relating to it. I had time to make a cup of coffee before this, read my “homework” in a leisurely fashion, and still managed to catch the 8:15 light rail (rather than scrambling, and often failing, to get out of the house in time to catch the 8:30 one).
Of course, this was all made possible by seriously aiming to get myself in bed by 11:00 p.m., and not blowing past that by a horrific amount. Managing to keep that up on weekdays won’t be impossible, but it’ll be difficult.
Now, if I can just start training myself to only hit the snooze button for a half hour…