Some Work Much Better Later in the Day
By Tom Herrin
When it comes to the right time of day to be active, there are no rules set in stone. Some of us rise early ready to start the day. These individuals tend to run out of gas early. For many, turning in early is easy. For others, starting their day much later and working into the evening is much more productive. Most of the time, all of this is not so much a matter of choice as it is our internal clock. Understanding ours, and planning accordingly, may help us to be more successful trying to change who we are.
Night Owls Are Not Bad
The reference to "night owls" is often made about those of us who do best in those late hours. The ability to function better during late hours can be turned into good things if we will gain a greater understanding of ourselves. This clock is a biological system referred to as our circadian rhythm. For many, this tells us when to get up and be active and when to wind down and go to bed. It may be a bad idea to take a job with an early shift and expect to be highly effective.
Early Birds Just Aren't Cut Out for the Night Shift
The flip side of the work schedule are those who go to bed with the chickens and get an early start. They may be really good in the mornings but a flop later in the day. For them, choosing jobs that keep them up late may be like beating their heads against the wall. Nothing really good will come of it. In the best case scenarios, people of similar internal systems may tie the knot, but don't count on it happening. My wife and I have learned to work together, but I am a late night type while she may be out long before I consider going to bed.
Change Is Possible
As with all things, making changes is possible. Moving our time schedule a little bit at a time may work best. Gradually changing the alarm by something like 15 minutes at a time, over a period of a few weeks, may make the change work. If each of us can recognize how we work best, we may find ourselves much more successful at whatever we seek to do. Fighting our natural inclination can be disastrous.
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