You probably already know whether you are a morning lark or a night owl. You must have heard Benjamin Franklin’s old saying “Early to bed, and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
There are many night-owl-shaming people and articles you will find which tries to prove the relation of success with morning and failure with night. Being a morning person does not necessarily mean you have a specific personality or skillset. One huge benefit, which I keep hearing of waking up early, is that most other people won’t be up yet, meaning you can get lots of work done without distraction. Well, a similar thing is applicable for night people as well. They tend to stay awake long after darkness falls and are happy to keep working late into the night when other morning people are asleep.
Its more about what you do.
If you’ve always been productive late in the evening, you should stop fighting that impulse and instead adapt your schedule to take advantage of your most energetic hours. Though you read about it less, there are many night people who are wildly successful.
People are naturally drawn to being asleep or feel more energetic at certain times. Waking up early or staying up late does not provide any direct benefit. It should be more about what you do during those hours, which ultimately influences the results. Whether you wake up at 4 AM or stay awake until 2 AM, it is of no use if you spend those hours on other unproductive habits.
Should you switch?
Our biorhythms are largely inborn. Since the day you were born, knowingly or unknowingly, you are putting yourself into a body cycle. This ultimately defines you being a morning or a night person. However, if you do want to switch between these two, it is possible to gradually ease yourself into the other one.
I find myself more productive at night. Early in my teens, I used to study late for the school exams and later for JEE. When I started my first job, after few months I had to go in three different shifts (6 AM to 2 PM, 2 PM to 10 PM, and 10 PM to 6 AM) in a week for quite some time due to the nature of my work. It was difficult at the start, but gradually it became more of a habit.
I realized it is just a mental block whether you are a morning person or a night person. You are what you choose to believe. Keeping in mind the amount of sleep you need, if you GRADUALLY switch depending on the requirement, this flexibility is good.
Since we are naturally drawn to being asleep at certain times, there is no need to tamper it unless really required.
Who is the Winner?
There is no single winner. The winner is the person who utilizes those early mornings or late night hours more productively. So, just knowing the difference can help you work out when is the best time to get work done.
Keep Utilizing. Cheers!
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