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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!

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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…!)

Whatchagon’bedoin’?

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.

Yours always,

Pamela.

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14 Replies to “Productivity 101: Early Birds and Night Owls”

  1. This blogging thing, you do it so well! I haven’t missed yet any of your enlightening articles. I wonder how you keep coming up with fresh themes to share. Maybe it’s all easy for you because you’re cut out for this. I hope you don’t tire of writing. I am a secret fan.

    However, I would love, perhaps in one of your next blog posts, to read about the health implications of being an early bed and a night owl — if at all there are. Would you consider exploring this?

    Thanks in anticipation.

    1. Thanks for your kind words of acclamation. I feel so glad to read these and to know you haven’t missed a post, too.

      I haven’t considered what health implications there might be for being in any of these categories. Though I think it is important for all, regardless of how their body clock works, to get themselves enough rest and eat healthy, I doubt there are any negative effects of operating on certain circadian rhythm. I should probably research on that. Thanks for pointing in that direction.

      Looking forward to seeing you again on the blog. Cheers!

  2. Nice post. In this part of the world (Nigeria) where one must go to bed and wake early, I’ll say it will be difficult for one to get one’s full potential if he/she is a night owl. It can only be done when you have complete freedom to yourself which is when you’re really grown up and probably self employed. I also think it would be difficult to become or switch to a night owl (if you are actually one) been that the body has overtime been suppressed to the function of an early bird.

    1. You have pointed to an important issue there Dame. One really needs a level of freedom to ‘freely’ be a night owl. I wonder how many Night owls are being forced to be early birds by virtue of the lifestyle thrust upon them. Nevertheless, I believe people may be able to adjust and balance their body clock, they may or may not function optimally however. Thanks for your comment!

  3. Depends on where you work
    And the type of work

    Starting my 3pm-12am shift this month, which is a really good thing for me

    Logistics is sorted also, just come and do your work and go

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