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Old 11-16-2013, 01:09 PM
 
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Why are Larks (people who easily get up early and are most productive in the a.m.) so snotty about us Owls (people who are sharpest and most productive later in the day).

I spent last night painting the basement. I finished at 2:00 a.m. I was energetic and happy.

However, today it is now 1 p.m., and my neighbor just came over to see the basement and was snarky about the fact that I hadn't started working on anything yet today and that I worked so late last night. SHE got up at 5:00 a.m. and took her morning walk, and all of her housework is done before 10:00 a.m., blah blah blah. She said that the reason I can't get up early and be productive is because I stay up so late.

I say that people are just wired differently, and getting one's work or exercise or whatever done at midnight is just as fine as getting it done before noon.

So, SHUT UP, LARKS!

(This post isn't about my neighbor, who I like very much, but about larks in general).
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Old 11-16-2013, 01:19 PM
 
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I agree. I held a FT job that didn't start 'til later in the day but still felt weird about telling people I didn't wake up until like 9 A.M. even though I worked 'til 11 P.M.

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Old 11-19-2013, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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I understand. I'm an owl too and have worked from 3pm to 1130 pm for over 20 years. I've always felt better at night since I was a young child.
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Old 11-19-2013, 04:29 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I'm hard-wired to be a night owl. Unfortunately, my present job requires my getting up at 5:50 or 6 a.m. I hate that! When 10:30 or 11 p.m. rolls around, I'm just getting my second wind. But I usually manage to force myself to go to bed at a decent time.

Many early risers seem to think it's a character flaw when people sleep in late. What's it to them, though? I'll bet most of them take naps at least occasionally. I never take naps. As long as I get about 7 to 7.5 hours of sleep in, I'm good to go all day and well into the evening.

If I didn't have to get up early for work, there's no way I'd do it. I'd be up till at least midnight every night.

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Old 11-19-2013, 07:47 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I'm an Owl, too, but luckily I am married to a fellow Owl. We both worked swing shift hours for most of our careers, and even in retirement we find it difficult to get to sleep before 3 am or get up before 11.

It does seem as if Larks consider themselves to be superior and see us Owls as lazy and unproductive because we sleep late. I try not to let that bother me.
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:58 PM
 
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Tell your snooty neighbor that things like this are genetically determined.

So You Are A 'Nightowl'? The After-hours Gene Might Be The Reason Why

As you might guess, I'm a night owl. Always have been. Fortunately, most of the jobs I've had offered flex-time, so I could work 10-6 and not have to get up until 8:30.

But I did have a couple of jobs where bosses were more concerned with butts being in seats than productivity. A few years of that, and finally I said "oh, heck with this," quit, went into business for myself, and now work 10-6 again, only now, because I work at home, I don't roll out of bed until 9:00!

Thing is, I often work late into the night, especially if I'm writing. The other night I was working until 4:00 a.m. Will probably be writing late again tonight. Probably until about 1:00.

As for larks thinking we're slackers because we sleep late, just tell 'em they have no stamina because they go to bed early. Next time you go out, say, "Hey, we're going to be out past 8:30. Do you think you should take a little 'disco nap' this afternoon so you can stay out with the big kids?"
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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Owl here, too, though the way I look at it, I'm just an owl here where I live now... since I must be up earlier than some in another timezone on this planet, so I may just be living in the wrong timezone of where I ought to be, to be referred to as a lark!

Hey, logic is as logic does!
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:12 AM
 
Location: Finland
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I'm an owl. Hate it if I have a job that starts early as I still can't go to sleep early so I just end up sleeping far too little. But now I have it great, SAHM with a kid who is also an owl so we stay up late and sleep in late
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:39 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Owl here, too, though the way I look at it, I'm just an owl here where I live now... since I must be up earlier than some in another timezone on this planet, so I may just be living in the wrong timezone of where I ought to be, to be referred to as a lark!

Hey, logic is as logic does!
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I LOVE this logic, BstYet2Be!!!

I am an owl, and I had to explain myself all my life why I am not getting up at 6 AM...
Fortunately most of my working life, I could arrange my work to start around 10 AM, and told people not to expect any bright answers before noon. BUT... when they were all in bed and snoring, I was working and very productive.
Most of my bosses did understand that, the others were just plain jerks, but they did accommodate my needs.
My last boss was getting up at 2-3 AM and going shopping to... Walmart. He said he loves the very quiet morning hours, then sit down with a cup of coffee, and watch the sun rise, after most of his daily work was already done...
My present boss does not care when I work, as long as my work is done.

... And I live by myself, so no one is nagging at home.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:45 AM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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I'm a retired owl. If the fish are biting, I'm sleeping in.
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