In 1974 Harry Chapin memorably sang about being the morning DJ at W.O.L.D.
32 years later, I’m happy to report that it’s now my turn, as I am the morning DJ at K.Z.S.U., well the Wednesday morning DJ, anyway.
KZSU is Stanford University’s radio station, transmitting across the San Francisco Bay Area.
I’ve now presented my first two shows and am steadily getting used to handling the controls without making too many catastrophic errors.
Presenting a 6 AM show means getting up at 4:30 AM, however, and although I am a morning person, I did end up feeling completely exhausted after doing the show last Wednesday.
I needed to do something about this, and I thought it was worth sharing my solution as it could trigger an idea or two for you.
One answer, I guess, could have been for me to throw in the towel and ask to be transferred to another timeslot.
I wasn’t going to do that, though, because I’m only too aware of how fortunate I am to have landed the (volunteer) job in the first place.
What I’ve decided to do instead is reset my alarm clock for that same early start every day.
I seem to do best with regular structures in my life, and I think what was killing me was breaking up the routine.
I’m excited about my earlier starts as it was something I used to do, actually.
Some years back I instigated a daily routine which involved rising early to spend an hour thinking and planning: what I’d done (and achieved), what I was going to do, and things I needed to tackle but was prevaricating about.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m often not as logical as this about tackling a change in circumstances, but so far things seem to be working out well this time around.
Maybe something is changing, or about to change in your own life?
If so, it could be worth thinking about what other alterations you could make, not only to accommodate your new circumstances, but to actually make the most of them.
You may need to think laterally, as I had to.
But – who knows? – something great could come out of it.
And, oh yes, I’ll be presenting the show this coming Wednesday (and every Wednesday in fact) from 6 AM to 9 AM PST, which is 9 AM to Noon EST, and 2 PM to 5 PM in the UK.
KZSU streams live online (but with no “listen again” service) at kzsu.stanford.edu/live and I’ll be happy to have your company.
I’ll even do my best to not sound sleepy.