Early bird catches the worm
Published: Tuesday 2005-07-26.
In my profession it is not very common to have “normal” waking hours (whatever that is), a lot of people sleep late and do not show up in the office until around noon. I think that is quite okay, actually, the work is such that it can be done at any time during the say, and being able to choose when can be very positive for how you perceive work and such.
I am not really a morning person, I prefer to stay in bed a bit longer in the mornings, but since I don’t really feel like staying late at the office either, and prefer to have routines, I usually go to work at around eight in the morning, and leave at four in the afternoon. When I started working at Opera, several years ago when it still was a small company, this meant that I used to be one of the first people to show up in the office. Almost always the first in the developer section, sometimes first of all. Nowadays there usually are a couple of people that arrive before me, but it still is a bit sparse.
So yesterday, the first day after my short summer vacation, I arrived at the office even earlier, to see if I could be there as the first of them all. I was, when I arrived at a quarter past seven in the morning using my key card to unlock the front door I heard a beep as the alarm turned off, and then I entered a completely empty and desolate office (however, it was not quiet as there are so many computers turned on). I did the same to day, a little to see if it really is like that in the morning. It was.
Okay, so it wasn’t only because of curiosity that I did it, it was also because my girlfriend gets to work early in the morning and that I in sympathy left for work at the same time. But it sounded good saying it was...
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