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  • Writer's pictureBen Pechey

A Crepuscular Work-life

Tradition has a lot to answer for.

Tradition - although easy to break - places a lot of pressure on humans, at a time when we are already overstretched. It shapes the way we live, sleep, love, and play. Tradition certainly has a tight grip on the way we spend our time.

Traditionally when we think of the workday, we think of the 9-5 repeated across the weekdays. Yet, this doesn’t always work, and it doesn’t fit with the way some of us react to the days we are given.

I have come to recognise that my work is often best performed on my own terms. My work routine is often crepuscular. Crepuscular, derived from the Latin for twilight, refers to animals that are active during dusk and dawn.

Between the hours of 4 pm to 7 pm, I am often able to achieve more than many do in a 9-5 work day. I am yet to realise why this time is so proficient for me, but I am grateful for it. This crepuscular work pattern does mean that to many it appears I do not work much. As with so many things in life, I have given up trying to explain to those who question me, and instead allow my work to speak for itself.

Yet much like tradition needs a shake-up, I am happy to shake expectations. Working with yourself, what your brain enjoys, and setting your standards against your own needs or strengths, can only ever be a good thing.

So don’t let tradition tie you down, tear up the rules, and work in a way that makes the most sense to you. It may seem obvious, but with the one life we have, we need to spend more time making sure we put ourselves first in the things that truly matter.


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