Would you call yourself a morning person? Or are you a night owl?
When do you function better? Do you prefer to rise early and get things done in the morning? Or do you get more done of an evening and into the night? It seems we’re either a lark or an owl…
As many of you already know, I’m a morning person. I set my alarm for either 5.00 or 5.30am to get up and walk every day. Most days, I don’t even need the alarm, I just wake up, as my body clock is used to the early mornings now. If I don’t get my exercise in first thing, I rarely find the time later in the day.
It wasn’t always the case. In my 20’s and early 30’s, I thought people who got up really early were stark raving mad. One of our older friends, Bill, used to rise early and go swimming in the ocean, every single day of the year. He was always up at 5am and swore it was the best part of the day. Before I had children, I could count on one hand the number of sunrises I’d seen, and most of them were an extension of a very late night before!
A change of habit
And then, along came babies. Oh yes, babies who I loved dearly, but who robbed me of my sleep-ins, as they are prone to do. I certainly got into the habit of rising early when our son came along. He was as an early bird, always up and full of beans by 5.30-6.00am. That was, until about 18 months ago, when puberty hit and he started sleeping in. By then, my body clock had well and truly reset itself to early mornings.
Last year, as part of my weight loss journey, I started walking every morning. Along the way, I almost always find something to take a photo of. I enjoy doing this as it makes me more observant and mindful of what’s in the environment around me, which I’d otherwise overlook. I post the photos on Facebook and Instagram – if you see a photo you like, please say so! 🙂
A few of my friends have commented, “How do you manage to get up early every day?” or “I’m a night person. I could never get up that early.” It’s simply a habit I’ve gotten into.
What works best for you?
Everyone is different. It seems you’re either a lark – an early riser who achieves more in the mornings, or an owl – a person who is likely to stay up late and often achieves more at night.
According to research, morning types are more positive and often procrastinate less (some may disagree). Allegedly, getting out of bed early can impact your mood for the rest of the day, making you more productive. Some experts suggest you plan a healthy and positive activity to do first thing in the morning. For some, this may be exercise or meditation, while for others, it may be reading something inspirational, listing 3 things they’re grateful for or completing work they’re unable to do during the rest of the day, following by a filling and healthy breakfast. This works for me, but if you’re an owl, it may not be the case.
What makes someone a morning person? It’s about not hitting the snooze button, setting a positive intention for the day (which can be done the night prior if you wish), waking up and getting out of bed with relative ease and welcoming the morning sunshine and natural light. For the owls amongst us, this could be as difficult as asking a morning person to complete a complex task late at night, when they’re tired and ready for bed.
Whether you’re a lark or an owl doesn’t really matter. The most important thing is that you know when you’re most productive so that you can achieve more during that part of the day. It also helps to know whether your family members are larks or owls, so that you can work around their most productive times of the day.
By the way, if this post seems a little disjointed, I apologise, but it was written late at night, which is definitely not my most productive time of the day! Note to self: Write posts earlier in the day :).
Do you know what time of day you’re most productive? Are you a morning person or a night owl?
As my dear old Mum used to say, the world would be a very boring place if we were all the same!
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