Are you an early bird or a night owl? A morning person or someone who “burns the midnight oil”? How can you tell which you are?
It’s been only within the past few years that I’ve realized which one I am. It didn’t hit me until I put the facts together and 2+2 finally added up to 4 for me. So what exactly is the difference between the two and how can you know which one you are? It’s important to know this because it can help you understand yourself and plan your activities, work schedule, etc around when you know you’ll be the freshest and feel your best.
A night owl is somebody who feels the most motivated, clear-headed, and experiences their best moods later in the day. A morning person is somebody who feels that way earlier in the day. I am a morning person. I feel most energetic, optimistic, and motivated in the morning. As the day goes on, I feel more tired and tend to experience my foulest moods. I prefer to front-load my day and get all of my chores and responsibilities done first. This makes me feel accomplished and allows me to feel peaceful while doing recreational activities the rest of the day. I prefer first shift work schedules (even though I don’t have children). I have worked second-shift jobs and realized that instead of getting anything done beforehand, I lounge around and dread having to go into work later. I currently work 8 AM-4:30PM and enjoy getting off while it is still light outside and when businesses are still open. I am not someone who enjoys much “night life” except for the occasional movie, play, or concert. By evening, I like to be settling down for the day and looking forward to bed. I try to be in bed no later than 10:30-11and up at 7-7:30 (I find I’m at my best when I get 9 hours of sleep a night). I am glad I have figured out what time of the day I am at my best. It’s made all the difference in planning my work and other activities.