People talk a lot about being a “morning person” or a “night owl”, but I’m neither. I’ve never been a morning person – As a matter of fact, I was born at 6:12 pm, so getting up at 5:00 am is absolutely not natural to me. I go to bed around 10 pm (sometimes 9) because my body physically needs at least 7 hours of sleep otherwise I can’t function.
I would say my optimal time during the day would be between the hours of 10 am and 7 pm, which is why I love to meet and socialize with friends for Happy Hour (4 to 7) versus later evening activities. As far as jobs go though, most places I’ve worked require you to get up early and be at your desk ready for the day by at least 8 am or before, which means you’re up way earlier than that – Right now, I have to be to work at 7 am, so I’m up at 5 am. I’m not going to lie, it’s brutal for me!
As hard as it is, I’ve decided to focus on the positives:
- I’m more focused and organized about my day
- I get to see the sunrise on the way to work (beautiful in Arizona!)
- Traffic is not as bad in the earlier morning hours
- Mornings are quiet and a perfect time to meditate
So, tell me, are you a morning person or a night owl?