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the morning person August 14, 2008

Posted by That Guy in Staff.
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Photo used under CC license; by Flickr user star5112.

Photo used under CC license; by Flickr user star5112.

The Morning Person. Coffee? Nope. Cigarettes? Nope. Complaints? Nope. The Morning Person needs nothing to be bright and cheerful every day at the office. You amble in at about 8:15, grumbling and stumbling; you drop your bag on the floor and plop into your chair, ready for another day in front of your computer, interspersed with meetings, think-sessions, and as many breaks as you can possibly take.

But not the Morning Person.

The Morning Person is at work by 8 a.m. every day — sometimes earlier. It’s not like she means to show up before the workday starts; she just doesn’t believe in wasting time. If she can be at work by 8 a.m., then everyone can be at work by 8 a.m. Honestly, the Morning Person isn’t so bad; she usually gets her projects done well in advance of the due date, and that means you can get your parts done sooner. She has good ideas, and she tends to be a bit of a go-getter.

Just don’t let her get out of hand. Because, you see, the Morning Person, if left unchecked, can really ruin your day. You may not be a Morning Person, but she is. She’s ready to knock all her meetings out at 8 a.m.; 8:30 at the latest. You haven’t even gotten your engine started by 8:30, and you’re expected to be productive in a group environment? If you’re really lucky, she won’t be waiting at her desk, jumping up to ambush you the moment you sit down and boot up your machine, getting some little detail or asking your input on something she’s doing or telling you about this great new idea she’s had that you’ll think is so awesome if only you allow her to say her piece.

Managers love the Morning Person because she’s always up-and-at-’em, ready to work. Co-workers can take her or leave her; at best she’ll make them look bad, and at worst they’ll be buried under extra work that her great ideas have brought down upon them.

Oh, and she’s always gone at the stroke of five. Or 5:30. Or six. Whenever the workday ends, that’s the moment she’s gone, and woe betide you if you didn’t take advantage while she was in the office because, come tomorrow morning, you’ll already have ten e-mails from her (and maybe a couple of voicemails too) — y’see, she’s already hard at work.

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