What is an evening shift like as an accountant? And how I discovered it.
At the same time I received my ADHD diagnosis I also started a new contract position where I spend all of my time working on one client. It is like I am an employee in my function but it is for a specific term. At the onset of a new contract I have to spend a lot of time learning the business which means lots of meetings. Working with team members in the US meant a lot of meetings between 5-10pm my time in Europe. At first I was trying to setup my day by starting at 8am, doing most of my work, and then taking a few evening meetings "as an exception". This resulted in two unfortunate outcomes:
I started evaluating my sleeping habits with the help of a therapist using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT. My therapist and I took a deep look at my sleep habits and why it was so hard for me to wake up. Even though I wasn't getting any more quality sleep, why did my brain constantly hit the snooze button? When we wake up our brain makes a split second decision: the reward of waking up and going to work vs the reward of going back to sleep and getting more sleep. The second option is a perceived reward rather than a real one because science knows that we are not actually getting any more sleep or rest by hitting snooze.
So I tried an experiment that has now beeing ongoing for 6 months:
TLDR: The benefits of the evening shift.
Let me know in the comments if you work the "evening shift" and what other benefits you've found.
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