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?