I had an appointment this morning so I dusted off my hand-me-down alarm clock last night and set it to be sure and get up on time. I know for most, it's not so uncommon. Many of you go to bed and wake up when it's dark. So I'm not even going to mention what time it was. Let's just say it's was very early - for me! (remember too, I go to bed after midnight most nights)
So this morning when the alarm buzzed or beeped or whatever it is that it does, I was so disoriented I picked up the clock and examined it with a strange curiosity. It wasn't until that annoying sound got louder when I realized I had the power to turn it off. But I had to place it back on the nightstand and "tap" the top because the snooze button is located underneath - like a click-pen. (who thinks of these things?) That's just way too much thinking I had to do. But once I figured it out, it got easier to remember. Every 10 minutes - tap. I got real comfortable with that routine. Till I remembered I had to actually get up.
I don't know how I ever did it when I worked in an office. My body doesn't wake up till around noon - maybe 11am. I was always (at least) ten minutes late, no matter what time I was supposed to be there. For the longest time, I thought that was just part of who I was - irresponsible. But when I quit, I realized the truth - I just didn't care. I'm a true procrastinator. I don't like being committed to the clock. Heck, I don't like commitment period. With dogwalking, I feel the freedom to make my own schedule. I give my clients a window of time, "Your dog will be out for at least an hour between 12 and 2pm." The more I can stretch it, the more relaxed I can be. Lately I've been saying things like "mid-day" which basically means between 10 and 4. Most days my dogs are out for longer than an hour. But that's because I love my work. There's freedom in that. And I need to feel free - or I'll be at least ten minutes late!