“The early bird catches the worm” is a good old adage, which is supposed to make us believe that those who rise early get more/the best from life. I am an early riser myself – my worm is that I feel more creative – hence the Titbits are mostly written in the (early) morning. As such I guess the saying is in part true. BUT the snag is that by 8 p.m. I’m on my last legs and good for nothing except being left in a corner.
Then there’s the night owl and the ones who can’t get going in a morning or the ‘morning grouch’. Their rhythm is messed up because our strict working day is “9 to 5”. The working world has done a little to cater for our needs with flexitime, but does it go far enough, especially if business really wants to harness the most from the employees?
In particular, the larger companies could benefit from a 24 hrs place of work, surely the technology is also there – what’s stopping them? Then there’s the issue of ‘power napping’ in the office? Could flexibility on these issues be a game changer for any company daring to implement such ideas?
QOTD. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
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“The early bird catches the worm” (“Der frühe Vogel fängt den Wurm”), adage (Sprichwort), to be supposed to (hier: sollen), to rise (aufstehen), snag (Haken), be on one’s last legs (erschöpft sein), ‘night owl’ (Nachtmensch), ‘morning grouch’ (Morgenmuffel), to mess sth up (hier: durcheinanderbringen), to cater for sb’s needs (auf jds. Bedürfnisse eingehen), flexitime (Gleitzeit), to harness (sich zunutze machen), employee (Arbeitnehmer), to benefit (jdm/etw zugutekommen), issue (Thema), game changer (Spielwende), to dare (etw wagen)
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I‘m a perpetuum mobile with a slight tendency to being an early bird. 😉
I love getting up early! I‘m always in a good mood and full of energy, ready to hit the ground running. Sorry, but I have little sympathy for those grumpy guys who are moaning till lunch while jangling their fellows‘ nerves. Ok, all the night owls might hate me now but I’m fine with that. 😉
Couldn’t agree more, Jenny.