Late Nights Make My Days Easier

Now that I’m back to my full-time teaching job after a completely exhausting family trip to Disney refreshing spring break week, all of my many responsibilities have returned. But today, as I sat at my desk and my students worked independently on a reading project, I breathed deeply. I work two jobs. I have a husband, a dog, a son, a home to take care of. I am still buried in laundry from our vacation. But I don’t feel overwhelmed.

The reason why? Last night I was up until midnight. The night before that? Even later. But truth be told, my life is easier, days run more smoothly, because of my ability to get ish done every night after the baby goes to sleep.

I’m a night owl. Always have been. I always joke that I chose the wrong profession because I can get so much accomplished into the wee hours of the night/morning, but when the alarm clock rings around 5:45-6:00 a.m., I’d punch anyone in the face who looked at me the wrong way.

Being a night owl does make me tired sometimes when I’m at work, but not to the extent that I can’t teach effectively—and, I’m not a coffee drinker, so do I get bonus points for that?

Being a night owl also ensures that each day when I leave for work, stuff is done. I make my lunch, pick out my clothes, and get the baby’s bag ready the night before. I throw a load of laundry in, run the dishwasher, and check my emails if I have to. I complete three hours of grading for the online program I recently began working for part-time. Even if I’m still doing those things at midnight, I know it’s better to do them then rather than trying to get up early. Because let’s face it, getting up early just ain’t happening. I think better, clean better, focus better at night. And I’ll sleep when I’m dead, right? Or maybe when my son goes off to college? One can only hope…

So, are you a night owl or an early bird? What helps you stay up to date on all the things you need to get done as a working momma?

About the author

Shannon is a graduate of University of South Florida, a high school English teacher, and an aspiring author. In April 2011, she and her husband met the love of their lives: a son named William. Shannon is currently learning to balance teaching 115 teenagers and being William’s mommy. You can find her blogging at Momma Bird and tweeting as @bluebird_momma.

7 Comments

  1. Tracy says:

    I’m sooooo the opposite. In fact, once I was in college, I totally changed. I had to have early classes because I did work study in a 9-5 office. I became a morning person and find myself still being way more productive earlier in the day. I’d be screwed if my planning period was after lunch.
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  2. Jamie says:

    I am the complete opposite. I’d rather get up at 3 am. And that is when I work the most effectively. I do have everything ready the night before – lunches, bags, etc. But as far as work or laundry, I’d rather start at 4 am any day. When I taught at a traditional high school I used to scare the janitors by coming in during the wee small hours. Eventually, they got used to it. :)
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  3. Laura June says:

    Sleep is the one thing I can’t budge on. I need my 8 hours or I’m no good. I do get things done at night if I can (shower, pack lunches, laundry) but I still go to bed early enough. I try and sprinkle some of my chores into my evening with the kids or have them “help out” too. Also, LUNCH BREAKS! I get some stuff done then too. They are my saving grace on busy days.
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  4. MarMat says:

    I don’t know. I used to be a morning person, but my DH is a night owl, so most days I go to bed late because it’s when we can talk. I get things done at night, but if I’m exhausted, I’d rather get up in the morning. I do both for sanity.

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  5. Suz says:

    Night owl here too! 5 am is the middle of the effing night for me. And my coworkers know that while I might be at my desk at 8, it’s preferable for me not to really talk until well after 9. :)
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  6. With the baby, these days almost nothing can get me working past 8. After that, I am fried, and can only do stuff like setting up the mister’s lunch or sweeping under the kitchen table. I guess that stuff helps me focus on work during the daytime, though…
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