There are a plethora of articles out there telling you to nail your morning routine, that if you follow what the most successful people do each morning, you too will be successful. But what if you’re not a morning person? What happens then? Does that mean that the only successful people in the world are those who like getting up and getting things happening before the crack of dawn?
I am, in fact, a morning person. I prefer to get up early and get moving so I don’t feel like I’ve wasted the day. I find I’m the most alert and creative during this time and I have a routine of the things I do each morning to get me moving and focused for the day ahead. Does this mean I am better than the next person who doesn’t like mornings? Not at all. In fact, if they are using their energy correctly, they very well could be way more productive than me.
Energy = Productivity
As a morning person, I avoid doing anything I consider “heavy” of an evening. This is my wind-down time, my opportunity to not have to think about things. My thinking time is in the morning. I understand what it feels like when I need to think and do heavy things of an evening…so draining. Imagine if I felt like that of a morning when I need to get everything done? Yes, exactly, imagine. This is what it’s like every day for those of us non-morning people. Forcing yourself to work against the way they were naturally built. It doesn’t mean they can’t do it, just that it will drain their energy more rapidly and, ultimately, reduce their productivity.
Flip the routine
So, you’re a night owl, or you tend to have more energy of an afternoon/evening. If you’re not a morning person, don’t try to be! It will just drain your precious energy faster. Flip the thought on this and use your energy to your advantage. Implement an evening routine and set yourself up to start tomorrow on the right foot.
- Task allocation – create a list of the tasks you need to complete the following day, and then schedule them in your calendar for when you’re going to complete them. It’s one thing creating a list of things to do, but without allocating energy to each item they are just words on a list.
- Do some heavy tasks – we’ve talked about allocating our tasks according to our energy in previous articles, and you can find more information here. If you have more energy of an evening, try completing some heavy tasks then. Obviously, not all tasks can be done late at night but allocating energy to these tasks at the time we have the most to give will definitely feel easier and quicker.
- Give yourself permission – it can be difficult to try something new, or buck the trend, when the entire world keeps telling you to be doing things a certain way (early bird catches the worm, remember!). Give yourself permission to consider other options. And then be ok with choosing something different. It is often our beliefs that limit our growth potential. If you believe there is no other way than conforming to society’s standards, you will never see the opportunities of doing things differently.
- Clear your head space – once you’ve finished for the day, allow your mind to clear for a restful night’s sleep. This could be in the form of journaling, talking with a friend/partner, meditating, whatever you feel allows you to close out the day and relax. Regardless of what you choose to do, take all the “noise” you have swirling around in your mind and release it. Allow yourself the opportunity of knowing you can pick it back up tomorrow at a time that suits you after you’ve had some rest.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to managing your energy and being your most productive self. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can be at your best, always, regardless of whether you’re a morning or evening person, get in contact with us today.
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