Today, it’s all about the Early birds and Night owls. First, let me start with a brief description of both.
An early bird is someone who always gets up very early in the morning. In a general sense, an early bird is a person with a natural habit of waking early, and often also going to bed before it gets too late. You can also say someone who arrives early to events, movies, or appointments is an early bird. They typically get up, arrive, or act before the usual or expected time. The expression “early bird” comes from the saying the early bird catches the worm, which means that the person who takes the earliest opportunity to do something will gain an advantage over others. But in the scope of our discussion, early birds are basically those who tend to begin sleeping at a time that is considered early and also wakes early.
A night owl, on the other hand, according to Wikipedia, “is a person who tends to stay up until late at night, or the early hours of the morning.” The term is derived from the primarily nocturnal habits of the owl. Most owls sleep during the day and hunt for food at night.
Read this also from Wiki:
“Usually, people who are night owls stay awake past midnight, and extreme night owls may stay awake until just before or even after dawn. Night owls tend to feel most energetic just before they go to sleep at night. Some night owls have a preference or habit for staying up late, or stay up to work the night shift. Night owls who work the day shift often have difficulties adapting to standard daytime working hours. Night owls have often been blamed for unpunctuality or attitude problems. Employers, however, have begun to learn to increase productivity by respecting body clocks through flexible working hours…”
Did you read that part about respecting body clocks? I bet you did.
So, let’s roll!
First off, we need to understand that we all have different ways our body functions and should not only respect that but tap into that knowledge to make the most of our lives. Let me explain.
Imagine you are a night owl. You work better at night because that is when you feel so energetic and sharp, but you find yourself in a situation where you have to go to bed by say 9PM everyday (lights out…!)
Tossing on your bed with lots of energy, unable to find sleep, or even being still but mentally restless. Sad thing is, you most likely didn’t make the most of the day because your body clock wasn’t cooperating.
Imagine this keeps going on and on. Waste of ……(I am not sure what to even put. LOL)
But consider a situation when a night owl gets to legally lounge all day and is at liberty to work or study at night, he or she will be able to achieve much.
Some people are night owls, others are early birds. Both can live very productive lives if they choose to. The onus is on you to discover your exact circadian rhythm (a natural, internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and repeats roughly every 24 hours) and through that rock or rule your world.
Know when to close that book and go to bed (if you are an early bird), because if you will not deceive yourself, you are not grasping it.
Know how to bid everyone goodnight and then sit at your desk till whenever (if you are a night owl), because truth be told, your own ‘day’ just started.
Know the type of tasks to put in the day time or at night time according to how energetic you find yourself at those times so as to be more productive.
In conclusion, know thyself…and always make the most of your time.
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