In talking with some friends and casual acquaintances, they hear that I wake up around noon and that’s when my work day typically begins. By contrast, they may hold a regular job (or go to school) with a more standard nine-to-five kind of schedule. With this sharp contrast, they sometimes assume that I don’t work as much or as hard as they do. For those in the know, this clearly is not the case.
It’s not a matter of effort or work ethic, but rather it is a matter of personal preference.
Early to Bed and Early to Rise Makes a Man…
One of the more popular tips to improve your productivity is to wake up earlier. By having the early start, the assumption is that you can get more work done with this “extra time” you are giving yourself. This might work for some people, but it may not work for others.
You see, in order to wake up earlier and still get a healthy amount of sleep, you need to go to bed earlier. Yes, it is true that I start my day a little later than most, but I also go to bed later than most. Over the course of the day, the time alloted to taking breaks is comparable, but they are slotted in at different times. In like manner, conventional workers usually don’t work after dinner; I do.
Are You Working in Optimal Condition?
I’ve never been a morning person. Believe me, I’ve tried. During my academic years, I had some early classes and I dreaded them every morning, even if they were an area of interest to me at the time. Later on, when I held a management trainee position at a rental car company, I had 7am starts and they were the bane of my existence.
I was physically there, but my brain didn’t complete its bootup process, as it were, until several hours later.
Different Strokes for Different Folks
There is always more work that can be done and that is why there is never enough time to get it all done. I’m not saying that waking up at noon will work for everyone, but all you early-risers shouldn’t automatically scoff at those who choose to “sleep in” as part of our daily routines either.