Do you care about being a Night Owl or an Early Bird? Writing more content about productivity made me ponder on what particular time I am the most productive. Having given a chance of time flexibility on my freelancing career now allowed me to be in charge of what particular time of the day should I work.
Meanwhile, I become flexible depending on the client’s deadline: one day I can be your daylight hummingbird, then the other day transforming as the night owl from Hogwarts. However, I am still curious if it does really matter. How about other people who are in solid 9-5 jobs or people working in night shifts? Can they actually choose one side only?
According to Masterclass, Matthew Walker explains about sleep patterns and how we function during the day and night are determined by our chronotype – whether we can be a night owl or early bird. Knowing what chronotype you are in will help you be productive and live the best of your life.
The people who consider themselves night owls thrive during the evening and midnight dark. They struggle to wake up early that even multiple alarms are not effective for them to be present at breakfast time. They are considered more creative because as they say, ideas shine brighter 💡 at night. Since most are sleeping, the silence and coolness of the environment suit best for focus and concentration. However, night owls usually suffer from health risk issues because of lack of sunlight exposure and physical exercise.
Early Birds are also known as morning larks or daylight hawks. People who love to rise and shine in the daylight works at their best productive mode in the morning. They even plan their best morning routine to maintain their productivity and focus crashing all the tasks in the day. The normal day job suits well to our team early birds. One more advantage is they have a lower risk of being depressed and obese. The only thing they would struggle with is the need for a pull all-nighter grind to accomplish a due-time project.
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From My Standpoint
Based on my personal experience, I was this nocturnal college girl who grinds restlessly in accomplishing tasks because I study and work in the mornings. Those years in the university made me love coffee the first time because it saves my day. However, I realized that it is not healthy as it affects my sleeping habits. There was a point in my life that I had major mental distress so as I reflect now, probably being an insomniac contributes to that event.
As a part of the healing process, I was asked to stop drinking coffee and surfing the net for 2 years in order to take effect the healing process and medications. Coming back to a normal state, taking an initiative to establish a self-care routine includes having complete sleep and slow morning practice is my priority. Most likely, it is the reason why I have become and prefer to be completely a morning person now. I refer to myself as a Daylight Phoenix, a morning hustler who has risen from the ashes of the past. 🦅
In conclusion, learning your chronotype is essential to determine your work productivity and caring for your overall health. You may be forced to be on the night shift or wake up early for a day job but still, it is up to you to know what is the best for you to accept. Always keep life in balance.
Do you prefer to be an early bird or night owl? Share your thoughts about it!
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