I’ve had so many partial blog posts written that it is crazy. I write a few sentences, and then lose my flow, and can’t seem to get started back with that topic again.
So, today, I’m asking a question: are you a morning person or a night owl? Have you noticed other things about your personal circadian rhythm
I’ve been reading and watching videos of a bunch of small business blogs. I’m on several email lists for these bloggers, and so I’m getting some content not available on their blogs. For example, Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to be Rich is getting ready to launch a revamped version of his Earn 1K package. I already know I will not be able to afford this, but I’m taking advantage of the free content he’s emailing. Last week one of the things he linked to was a sample video from one of his “master classes” about time management. He had Tim Ferris, the time management guru of The Four Hour Workweek.
During the brief video, they had a discussion about working late or working early. Ferris said that he thinks most people that he knows that write, write between the hours of 2-5 am. Some of them, like him, stay up late to write, and others, like Ramit, get up early in the morning. But they both try to do concentrated work during the hours they have the most energy. They both say that is key to having a successful business and being a successful writer.
For me, I’m by nature an annoying morning person: I wake up before the alarm, I don’t drink coffee or ingest other caffeine to get going, I’m cheerful and even sometimes bouncy.
However, one of the medications that I take has been trying to change that. The medication that I take at night, a medication that acts as a mood stabilizer, has the side effect of helping me sleep. I sleep deeper and longer than I have in many years thanks to this medication. But it makes it difficult for me to wake up in the morning in my usual way. I now need the alarm. I stay in bed until after C is done with her shower instead of getting up half an hour before her.
The problem is that I still think of myself as a morning person. I keep thinking, “I’ll do that in the morning, before I go do [whatever].”
But now, that is not my highest energy time.
I need to adapt my thinking to face this new reality. Or take my night-time medication earlier so I’m not so tired in the morning. I love being productive early in the day. But I need to find ways to cope now, and be productive with my current energy cycles.
So, I’m putting it out there for you guys: What time of day are you most energetic and/or productive? Do you maximize your high energy time by accomplishing tasks in your home, with your family, or on your business during your high energy time?