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For the Midnight Makers

This is a shout out to all who are reading this post and yet are still in the thick of it! A secret army of ‘Midnight Makers’ who burn the candle at both ends. Who use the night to grow, while others sleep. I’ve collected a few tips from the community and thought it might be helpful to share:

  1. Switch modes: Turn your brain onto to the ‘essential function only’ setting. This is not just to preserve energy but it might blind you from the sheer madness of being awake and sober at 02:00! In the words of REM’s Daysleeper ­the best song ever written on the subject ­ ‘I am the screen, I work at night.’

  2. Nutrition: Eat the right food. You know that it makes sense. (Who are we kidding! It’s 03:30 AM and so the only source of sustenance that’s possibly going to satisfy at this hour, are odd flavoured crisps, any type of chocolate and fizzy tropical fruit drinks!)

  3. Hydrate: Drinking lots and lots of water is by far the absolute number one shared tip. It’s hard to be high functioning when you are symptomatically dehydrated.

  4. Caffeine: Remember just like with your day shift, caffeinating during the second half of your shift reduces your chance of sleeping when you get home. Plan your caffeine!

  5. Clothes: Get a t­-shirt that says ‘I can sleep in January’. Try and keep focusing on the joy that you‘re bringing to people, across the country this Christmas because of what you make. What you make, makes all the difference.

  6. Tunes: Put some Beyonce on! Beyonce solves everything.

  7. Tick Tick off: Take off the clock on your laptop/computer ­it only reminds you how late you are working. Sometimes you can get negatively obsessed on the time.

  8. Remember the Gang: You’re not alone, think of all the other Small Business Elves working tonight. Take a moment to look at the hashtag #nightshift on instagram and see how there’re so many of you out there tonight, working away. I’ve invented and christening you all, the #midnightmakers.

These will be the hardest days of the year and the darkest hours but there will be light soon.


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