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The Nine to Five Vampire

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I work a 9-to-5 that is not particularly challenging or in recent months even very interesting. I should have plenty of time to work on one of the hundreds of side projects I have had over the years. But, it just is not happening.

First of all there is the time. Time is relative. The hours from 9am to 5pm click by one second at a time for what seems like an eternity with the exception of the half hour to hour that I take for lunch with is over moments after it begins. The hours from 5pm to 12am bound by like the express train. I close my laptop at 5 and then life rushes by until about midnight where I run our of energy. The cycle begins again at 7:30 the next morning. Oddly the most personally productive time for me is the hour and a half BEFORE work.

Take this morning: I have looked into a personal legal matter, and am getting to write this blog. Generally I tend to run errands, make phone calls, set up appointments etc in this first hour of the day.

The problem as I see it is focus. During the hours of 9-5 I am focus on work, even if it is not terribly challenging or engaging it is my job and what I am paid to do. I have a sense of obligation. By the time the seconds accumulate into 5pm I am pretty lethargic and my brain is no longer fully engaged. So generally after work I try to focus on some personal project or interesting research. No sooner have I begun then my girlfriend is calling me to think about what is for dinner and the next thing I know it is midnight and I am dead tired and worn out. When I wake up in the morning my computer still has my incomplete work/research open... generally this stuff gets left incomplete as the cycle begins again.

Weekends are pretty productive because the early morning productivity gets extended until about noon. Yea, I love weekends.

At least when I job was busy I had focus on my job and I could use the excuse, "Oh, I have just been so busy at work!" Now, its just a lack of focus and a lot of wasted time.

I need to find a way to extend my focus -- else I will never accomplish anything worthwhile.

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SwiftStriker00 

15 April 2010 - 06:33 AM
I suggest you go to the gym after work, nothing long or intense. Just go and do mostly cardio (run/bike/stairmaster), and a little weights ( a couple of machines or dumbbells ).

This is going to do a bunch of things for you. First of all its going to break the monotony of sitting around all day by getting your heart rate up. Secondly it will wake your brain up (more oxygen flowing around), allowing think faster and focus better. Lastly its exercise, and can only help you.

If you don't have a gym (or too cheap :) ), go for a run around your neighborhood and do floor exercises. 30-45 mins you can still have dinner by 6:30


But I agree with you, I'm pretty "blah" by the time I get back from work too.
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Smurphy 

15 April 2010 - 11:20 AM
Nick you are not alone I have almost the exact same problem. I work a 9-5 Tuesday and Thursday, then Monday Wednesday Friday I go full time to school. By the time I get home I just want to feed the dogs, check the emails, finish the stupid homework and watch a tiny one hour session of tv.
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damund01 

15 April 2010 - 04:42 PM

SwiftStriker00, on 15 April 2010 - 06:33 AM, said:

I suggest you go to the gym after work, nothing long or intense. Just go and do mostly cardio (run/bike/stairmaster), and a little weights ( a couple of machines or dumbbells ).

This is going to do a bunch of things for you. First of all its going to break the monotony of sitting around all day by getting your heart rate up. Secondly it will wake your brain up (more oxygen flowing around), allowing think faster and focus better. Lastly its exercise, and can only help you.

If you don't have a gym (or too cheap :) ), go for a run around your neighborhood and do floor exercises. 30-45 mins you can still have dinner by 6:30


But I agree with you, I'm pretty "blah" by the time I get back from work too.


The above are excellent suggestions I would just like to add that after the workout if your gym has it a sit in the hot tub or sauna or failing this a nice relaxing hot shower when you get home!
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Yakyb 

16 April 2010 - 01:20 AM
i work 8-4 M,W,F
and 10-6 Tues ,thurs

I love thee hours as on the 10-6 i get to lie in a little and get up play with our dog and have a great breakfast

on the 8-4 i get in and open up get a few urgent things done with out the distractions and also get to go home early

both of these allow me to miss the 9 and 5 traffic essentially netting me 20 minutes extra each day

with these hours i ten to find that on the 8-4 i still have plenty of energy left to work when i get home and on the 10- 6 i spend the evening doing other things

if possible i will not go back to 9-5
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