Hi everyone! Thanks for all the congratulations on my big milestone on Monday! The weather here in Anchorage has been pretty awesome the last few days and I’ve been doing tons of running, hiking, and playing outside to celebrate!
As I was recapping my weekend, I realized that basically everything awesome that I do happens in the afternoon or evening. I’m really not a morning person – I’d rather sleep in until 8:00 or 9:00, lay around drinking coffee and reading a good book, and then waiting until after lunch to do anything that requires moving. My peak hours at work are around 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, and I’m seriously so unproductive at 8:00 am when I get there. And running/working out in the mornings is painful for me. Why wake up early to work out on an empty stomach in the dark and cold while I’m cranky and half asleep when I could just wait until after work when I’ve eaten a few meals, hydrated, and given the outdoors some time to warm up?
I always see blog posts from my fellow bloggers titled “How to become a morning runner”, “How to wake up early to work out”, and “How to become an early riser”. I’ve always been amazed while reading those posts- waking up is HARD, how does anyone do it super early just for a workout? Why would anyone want to become an early riser, especially when it’s so difficult? And why do so many of us feel guilty when we just can’t be morning risers?
Now, no offense to morning people, but it’s hard always feeling like the lazy ones and not understanding why mornings are so painful! But I recently read this article from the Huffington Post called The Hidden Brilliance of Late Risers, and I was excited to learn that I’m not the only one out there who feels this way. Night owls are pretty awesome people, and it’s time that we saw more articles celebrating our ability to be productive when most early risers are ready to sleep! So to help out all of my other late risers out there I decided to make my own how-to list to help people be more productive in the afternoon and evening:
- Spend your productive night hours getting prepared for the morning: I’m guilty of oversleeping and running out of time to get everything ready in the morning. Setting out my clothes, packing my gym bag, and preparing my lunch before I go to bed really helps me cut down on morning stress when I’m half asleep!
- Bring your workout clothes to work: Remember that gym bag I was packing? Even if I’m not going to the gym, it’s nice to have my clothes with me at work so I can change right into them and get in a run before I go home. By the time I get home I can get tempted by my comfy sofa and skip a workout, but it’s easier to fight that temptation if you don’t get home until after you work out!
- Maximize your most productive hours: I’m fully aware that my early mornings at work are a slow time for me to read emails, organize the office, and do basic tasks. I set up my most important tasks (meetings and classes) for the late morning/early afternoon so that I’m on point when it matters. I also set aside time at night for blogging because it works best for my brain!
- Stop worrying about not liking mornings: Hey, we can’t all like the same things in life. It would get boring, right? So if you’re the only non-morning runner in your group don’t feel bad. Make the most of your own strengths and own it! Skip those sunrise runs for ones that let you experience sunsets instead. It’s basically the same thing.
As the articles says, Late risers shouldn’t feel pressured into “becoming” an early bird. One isn’t better than the other; the most important thing is you know what works for you. When you figure out when you’re most productive, the rest will fall into place.
So tell me: Are you a morning or a night person, and have you ever tried to change? When is your favorite time to work out? Any tips to help people be more like night owls?