Saturday, July 24, 2010

On TGIS Mode

I'm taking the usual expression Thank God It's Saturday literally. I've been on graveyard shift the past week. A new schedule that I was not really used to -- or should I say just a little bit of. Back then, during my freelance days, because I have all the time to myself, I can just work at any time any get to bed at what time I wanted to -- normally at 2 a.m.

And because it's been a long, long time since I've done that, when I took this job of being a legal editor in a BPO, I had to struggle with the schedule of the night shift. And I really mean when I said struggle. I had to deal with the sleepiness that kicks in when the clock ticks at 2 a.m. and how to bolster sleep when I get home at 7:45 or sometimes 8 a.m. I even had the crappiest form of biological clock adjustment when I had this totally disabling bout of dizziness last Wednesday afternoon that made me unable to report to work for a day.

Since we moved to a new space, my table has all sorts of munchies from chocolates to chips and bottled green tea to keep me up and awake especially in between 2 a.m and the witching hours of three in the morning -- and don't fuss if you want to scold me out of it. It's our way of coping up with the schedule's annoyances to our internal clocks.

Another thing I am getting used to is when seatmate Ryan Cordova plays his music through his phone -- Amazing Grace has been what I call "The Anthem" as he likes playing this during the wee hours normally at 3 a.m. or 5 a.m.

But being in the night shift have perks on the other side. Less traffic in the daytime which allows me to get home early. I get to walk by Paseo de Roxas in the wee hours of the morning with some officemates and I get to walk at the nearby park in the day when I wait for a cab to take me home.

And finally, after a week I have a weekend off. And as I type these down, despite having this rhinitis again, I just had a full eight and a half hours of sleep.

I'll be writing down my to-do list later. Have a wonderful weekend everybody.

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