Thursday, September 30, 2010

If everyday could start at 7....

  Its around 3:30 in the afternoon. A mail from HR stating a change in the office timing for one day, i.e., the next day, its 7 to 3 instead of the regular 9 to 6. The reason being internal precaution. Slowly, I realized the same thing is being circulated in many other IT companies.  By the way, the next day is the verdict on  the Ayodhya dispute.


  For a moment, felt we are giving in to the religious fanatics by taking so much precautions.  But then, an organization has lot of other factors to consider.Has not the country moved on since 1992? Well, I am not going to talk about Ayodhya now.

  Started wondering how to get up at 5 in the morning to catch the 6:10 office bus. Was about to ping one of my friends staying in Warje to ask him for a pick-up the next morning. Just a thought in my mind, this instance of a whole company being present in the office at 7 in the morning may not happen again in my life time. How will the environment be Or will it be any different? The curiosity got a little more, and I finally decided to catch the office bus and be in office at 7 the next day.

 Its 6:05 in the morning when I left home. Very dark outside. As I was walking, a couple of stray dogs accompanied me. Not a very comfortable feeling though. Stopped for a moment thinking they will go off, they too stopped. Could not think much and started walking again, they too started. Well, who said animals don't have sixth sense. Reached the bus stop, as expected the dogs too stopped and it looked like as if they both are guarding me on either side. 6:15 is when the bus should have arrived, and its 6:20 and has still not come. By now, one of the dogs has started giving sounds in its unique morning tone. Bus has still not come, and I dont want the Murphy's law to work at least for today, but then, its Murphy's law. 

  By now, both the dogs are staring at me and giving those uncomfortable sounds. Started getting a little tense since I was alone, and they were two. Its 6:25, no sign of bus arriving. A feeling that I have been blocked on either side, and not able to move. Headlights flashing at around 50 metres, hoping it to be my office bus. Not sure since its still dark. As it came little nearer, started running with full speed towards the bus. And to my luck its my office bus. The dogs started chasing even faster. Don't want to look back, the bus is nearing and somehow pushed myself into the running bus. The driver gave a very indifferent look when I got in, I understand. Went and sat in my window seat, still breathing fast. A sense of a mission accomplished. Never thought will catch the office bus in-running. Bloody, who wants to come at 7 in the morning to the office.

  Reached office at 6:55. Had there been an F1 on bus driving, there is no competition for our driver. Went inside thinking, hardly there will be people around. To my utter surprise, around half the wing is in. Trust me, this is something unbelievable in any organization. The atmosphere is very different, definitely not the same as how it used to be at 9:30. 

 Had a quick breakfast and back to my seat around 7:15. My colleagues sitting besides me have not arrived yet, and I am alone in the cubicle of 4. Started working.  When I saw the time again, its 9:10 and I realized I managed to finish lot of things in the last 2 hours which normally would have taken me at least 4 hours. Cannot believe myself, but its true. How did it happen? Did i do anything differently? Nothing as such.

 Was left wondering what happened  in those hours. It never happened like this before. Is it the fact that the interaction with people is less? Or is it the power of the nature which makes you fresh early in the day? Or is it the fact that a human being is at his best during the first few hours in a day? Not sure, which one is true.

  I am trying to re-collect the last 2 hours, cannot point-out anything which I did differently. However, there is a sea level difference in my productivity during those 2 hours. Some bells started ringing in my mind.  I have read lots of blog posts on being a early riser, one of them being Oscar's Free style mind, wherein Oscar talks about the experiment he did by doing things early in the day.Its very clear that the energy level which is present at the morning hours is the highest. Never attempted to try things out before. How true those things were!!! Discussed with a couple of my colleagues about the morning experience. Everybody felt it was different and highly productive.

  A wonderful "feel good about yourself" kind of a feeling. The positive energy which started the day continued throughout the day. Realized its more to do with the fact that you being happy about yourself. I am still relishing the experience, and want to continue. I realize now why in those days our grand parents ask us to get up early in the morning and study which I never listened to. I wish they had explained the reasoning too and given a small demo as well. Never understood about the energy levels so much before, today I did. 

 Well, at the end of the day I was left with the feeling of why not everyday start at 7 in the morning. Thanks to all those religious fanatics. Had it not been for these people, I would never have got a chance to realize the power of the early morning hours.

Good night friends, need to get up at 5 tomorrow.

P.S: Friends, I will ask you all to try this once, if you had not tried yet. It works, and it does wonders to you. You start feeling really good. You will see your energy levels go so high. 5 to 9 is the peak time and do the things which you consider is most important for you. If it does not work, come and scold me here :) . 
  
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6 comments:

Sadashiv said...

Ur lines about dogs, caught my eyes for long and made to read twice..
It looks like it was quite exciting.
I too had had some weird experience with the dogs (may find it interesting).
I could not see any dog taking a morning walk around in my street at 6.15 am.(I think, they enjoy the night life).
But I have had some awful experience with the street dogs while going back to home in the mid night (Of course, from office!). I have heard the phrase ‘every dog has its day’. But those dogs their night as well :) I have remembered saying myself that I too will have my own day ( after reaching my home without any dog biting).
And about spending the early hours at the office, I agree that morning hours are effective but are very costly :-)

Guru Prasad said...

sada...i still remember that nite in goa..u, me, deepak, bappa and mohanty..and in a similar situation :)...

dsharma said...

Very well written Guru...

Guru Prasad said...

Thanks deepak....

Rushi said...

Nice thought!!! Its very good to come office early, provided you leave early as well :)

Guru Prasad said...

Oops...Rushi, it looks like i forgot to talk abt the important point here.. :)