Wednesday Wisdom: Staying Motivated on Night Shift

This first segment of Wisdom Wednesday comes from a half-asleep mind. Wednesday is technically my Monday at work, so I either get enough sleep to make it through the first of four 12-hour shifts (sometimes it’s only three depending on the week), or I wake up sooner than I expect and I’m on the struggle bus until sometime Friday afternoon.

I have worked the night shift at various jobs, but honestly working this shift while sitting all night at a desk has been the most difficult. Don’t get me wrong, it’s more comfortable in the workload area, but you get so bored halfway through.

I can usually get most of my tasks done in the first hour of being there. We have a few reports we have to send our periodically through the evening, but between 11pm and midnight is when we send out our end of day reports, the last census of the facility and what have you. But then by 1am, I find myself with nothing to do but twiddle my thumbs and figure out my next move.

My Wednesday Wisdom for those who are on the night shift struggle bus, especially as a desk clerk of some type is to keep yourself occupied. Some businesses most like frown upon being on your cellphone, so if you can’t Netflix and not chill, here’s a glimpse of the three things that help me make it from 8pm to 8am.

  • Work on a journal
    If you like writing or are creative, sometimes having downtime is the best time to update a journal. Whether it’s a bullet journal of sorts or even just something simple that you just write down your reflections of the day, the middle of the night on a slow shift may be the best time to do so.
  • Create a project for work
    If you’re in a position to do creative things for your company, be productive for the greater good. Example, I have worked for the last few months on a company newsletter. While my CEO has seen it and loved it, I haven’t been able to show anybody else to get the ball rolling on making this a monthly thing.
  • Read
    I love to read. Sometimes I don’t have the time during the day, so when I have the time at work, I try to catch up on my reading lists. Currently, I’m reading Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippencott so expect a review sometime soon.

Or, when in doubt, eat it out. Just try to eat *somewhat* healthy.

MRW its 3 AM

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