|Sunset from my studio looking at eucalyptus and the Bay.|
I often use the sun to set my schedule, especially to signal when it's time to stop working for the day. Because my studio is just up a big hill from Casa Cali, I prefer to walk there instead of driving. I will work for a few hours and then, as the last pink and orange traces of daylight hang in the air, I know it's time to return home.
When the sun sets around 6pm or even 6:30pm, it tends to be perfect timing. I've worked a solid day and I am tired. Ready to transition into the evening, to cook dinner and place aside the ever-growing to-do list for a few hours.
With daylight savings, however, my work hours become skewed. I miss the visual cue of darkness and find that I continue working long past 8pm. We end up having dinner European-style around 9pm or later. I am not sleepy before midnight, and that starts to affect the minimum 8-9 hours I need to feel human and still be up at a decent hour.
Maybe this year I will figure out a better way to deal with daylight savings. Now that I am out of school, I have control over my schedule in a completely new way. At least for the Showroom it will be good - extended summer light means lots more visitors!