Over the past few weeks, I’ve been getting to work between 9:30 and 10am. Which for many of my jobs in the past this would have meant that I was running late. But at SEOmoz, most of the crew arrives a little later than usual. The problem is though that as the Community Manager, my job is to engage with the community… and unfortunately they do not all live in the Pacific time zone.

Just think, when I role into work at 10am, the east coasters are coming back from lunch! Starting my day late causes me to play catchup first thing in the morning on all those emails, tweets, comments, etc. that have happened while I was happily sleeping or sluggishly getting ready in the morning.

I’ve wanted to start getting up earlier and get into the office before 9am for quite some time but I just couldn’t seem to get my butt out of bed and get it done. It didn’t help that it was pitch black at 7:30am up until Sunday morning! So I realized that if I was going to make a change, I had to make it now when that hour difference was fresh.

This also meant that the whole family had to get up and get going earlier than normal. They’ve been gracious enough to drive me to work in the mornings before dropping the wee one off at school. Which means I arrive at the office around 8:30am. That’s right… the lights aren’t even on yet in the lobby. You know that’s early. :)

But what it does mean is that by 9:00am I’ve grabbed a cup of coffee, made my delicious breakfast of yogurt and fruit and am ready to get the day started. BY 9:00 AM! Like a normal human being. It’s abso-fricken-lutely amazing. Then by 10:00am when I normally am just barely getting to work, I’m actually working on projects and getting real work done.

It’s crazy. It’s only an hour(ish) difference but it has made a HUGE impact on my day. On Tuesday around 10:30am I thought to myself “dang, how is it already noon” until of course I realized that it wasn’t noon at all it was only 10:30 and I still had tons of time before lunch. waaahoooooo! So this is what it feels like to get your day started early. Ok. Fine, I get it and I like it.

So as a part of my continued “take advantage of life when you feel good enough to do so” [erm… more on this in a later post] I’m going to keep getting my sluggish ass up out of bed and out the door early. The hardest part is actually forcing myself to go to bed at a reasonable hour. Being a night owl does not help my “early bird gets the worm” idea.

Before I forget, not only does getting up early help me in my work day, but check out this gorgeous sunrise that we had yesterday morning. Without the changing clocks and forcing ourselves to get up early, we all would have missed this! The three of us stood out on the front porch and watched the gorgeous pink sky together [although Eva said it was “rojo” :)].

Let me make my point perfectly clear here. I, Jennifer Sable Lopez, who before this week vowed to forever and always be a night person and not, I repeat NOT a morning person, has changed for the better. My mother will be so proud. :)

6 thoughts on “Does the Early Bird Get the Worm?”

  1. Having a full inbox makes me go crazy and there’s often a few tweets I want to respond to or a SEOmoz blog post to read. I love getting to work before everyone else for exactly the same reasons as you.

    Way to go, early fellow early bird!

    1. Thanks Josh! I’m not sure I can actually be called an “early bird” yet, let me first make it through an entire week. I desperately wanted to stay in bed this morning, but I dragged myself up and even rode the bus instead of forcing the family to take me. :) It’s like I’m a big girl now!

  2. Way to go, Jen! I get the same feeling when I come back from a trip to Europe. The jet-lag forces me out of bed at 5 or 6 am. I get loads of stuff done before I wake up on most days! The downside? Absolutely exhausted by 9pm. Like, falling asleep exhausted! :)

    1. Yes! I remember those days (you know, when I used to travel a lot). Sadly after a few weeks I’d let myself get back into the habit of being a lazy butt in the morning. But I’m reaaaaaallllyyy going to try this time!

  3. This time zone thing can really be the pits (I’m on Central African Time) but now that you are up an hour earlier I hope it gives us an extra chance to catch each other. Living in South Africa, we are moving into Summer now and the sun is rising before 5am already…with two wee-ones running around, there is NO CHANCE of sleeping in…alas! Keep it up, girl!

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