Would you rather wake up early and start your day, or would you rather sleep in and start your work day later?  By now, you probably know if you are a night owl or an early riser.  Some people think waking up early is better for productivity, while others are able to work later and are just as productive.  Whether you are an early riser or a night owl, there are different ways and benefits for everyone to get the most out of their day.

The Early Riser

People are generally the happiest in the morning hours. They have a better attitude and want to accomplish their goals. Early risers tend to stick to schedules and follow their routines.  Early risers can take advantage of the fewer distractions that are associated with getting up early.  Gyms are usually way less crowded in the early morning hours, the roads are less crowded, and it’s usually a quiet time to get a jumpstart on your work for the morning.

The Night Owl

Night owls are generally more creative people. They do their best work later in the day and feel their best in the afternoon hours.  They are able to wake up later and slowly ease themself into their day.  Night owls can also take advantage of the less busy hours, where roads are less crowded and when everyone is asleep, homes are quiet. 

As you can see, whether you are an early riser or a night owl, there are pros and cons for both. Genetics can actually play a role in which one you prefer, and things like detecting light and resetting your body clock could all be contributing factors. 

So which are you? If you want to make the jump from a night owl to a morning person, it can take about twenty days to create the new habits to make the switch!  Habits you can incorporate are, of course, going to bed earlier, limiting your caffeine and alcohol intake, and creating a schedule and routine that you can follow.  I always think that it is easier to wake up in the morning if I have something to look forward to, or a task that I know I need to accomplish.  

Having something to look forward to really helps your mood and boosts your excitement for the day.  Just something small like a new flavored creamer for your coffee or allowing yourself time to be on your phone for a few minutes before accomplishing your goals for the day can really be a mood booster!  It’s the little things.

To answer my question- who is actually more productive?  The answer is neither! Both early risers and night owls can be productive in their own ways.  It’s all a matter of preference!  Sticking to a routine, having something to look forward to, being positive, and accomplishing your goals for the day is what’s important, no matter what time you choose to do it. Whether you are an early riser or a night owl, you can be successful.


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