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WORK-LIFE BALANCE / DEC. 07, 2015
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Early Birds Are No Longer At The Top Of The Food Chain

If you are not a morning person, you are going to love this. Snoozing your alarm a few times every morning has become your norm – as this is the only way you can get out of the bed and go to work, but guess what, you don’t have to do it anymore. Yeah, that’s right; you don’t have to be a morning person because you are perfect just as you are. Who said you have to be a morning person to have a successful career anyway?

While people still hold on to the idea that ‘the early bird gets the worm’, and the internet is flooded with articles on how becoming a morning person is supposed to make you more successful, productive and even healthier, this is not always the case. I mean I get it; it is important to wake up early, and there are even studies that can back it up. Also, I do agree that you need to get up with the roosters so that you can make the most of the day. But how can you expect to have a good and productive day when your alarm violently interrupts your sleep and gets you out of your comfy bed to work? Well thanks, but no thanks.

So what do you do when you aren’t a morning person? Would you still be able to keep your day job? If you wake up at 7 am and feel like a zombie every day, how long do you think you will last?

See Also: This CEO Doesn’t Care When His Employees Come to Work

The truth is that every person is different. They work and think differently and as such they are productive at different hours of the day. For example, some people wake up to see the sunrise while others enjoy staying up late because that is when they feel more focused and productive. We all have different rhythms!

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                                                      "Get up, get up, get up!"

Not everyone who is an early riser is productive or by all means a better worker, though, and waking up early does not necessarily make them more successful than others who prefer to sleep in. In fact, many intelligent people get their inspiration while working under moonlight, and strange as that sounds, it actually works. If these people are forced to wake up early to do work, this might even have the opposite result.

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So perhaps you find it easier and more efficient to work on a project when the birds aren’t singing their morning song, and your eyes become naturally wider in the dark. So, if you hate mornings this is why you should not feel bad about it.

Find Out What Works For You

 

The only reason they tell you to wake up early is to be more productive, but that really is just one man’s opinion – alright, maybe two – and you can’t seriously suggest that this works for everyone. So, let’s say that these two people agree that waking up early in the morning is the best, and they manage to produce the biggest chunk of work from 8 to 12. Does this mean that you need to be your most productive self at those times? Not really. So, who can determine that?

The answer to that can only be yourself. Ask yourself what does your biological clock tell you? Are you more alert and ready to do work in the morning, the afternoon or late at night? This is something that only you can find out, so it might be worth experimenting with it for a couple of days.

To help you out, here are a couple of suggestions:

  • Wake up early to do work and see how this influences your work.
  • Track the time of day and the number of hours you need to get a task finished.
  • Find out when you feel most creative and when ideas come to you easily.

What most people think isn’t always correct, and going against the grain might actually help you big time. Instead of trying to conform to other people’s standards, experiment, and find out what works best for you, because that is the only way you can be productive. This way you will ensure that you are being true to yourself and that you are not trying to become something that you are not. When you finally find what works for you, you will figure out how work can be made easier.

See Also: Tips to Jump Start Your Day When You Are Not a Morning Person

Finally, remeber this, if you don’t want to be a morning person, you don’t have to be one. If this is causing any problems in your current job you have two options to choose from; either you find a more flexible job, or you create your own. It is really as simple as that.

So, how about you, are you a morning person? How do you schedule your work to fit in with your biological clock? Let me know in the comments section below…

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