I am a morning person. It took me quite a long time to realize this. Actually it took my wife pointing out to me for it to really click. Why is that? There’s such a culture in the US that says that “mornings suck” that it’s become one of the #trufax statements that everyone just agrees with when it’s mumbled into a cup of steaming coffee.
So how do I know I’m a morning person? Do I hop out of bed bright eyed and bushy tailed with a big smile on my face? No. I don’t. I wake up with messy hair and rub my eyes blearily for several minutes first. When I get out of bed I slump down in a chair or on the sofa and yawn my way through the morning’s tech news. After that morning routine is completed I start to concentrate on a project.
Right about now you’re probably saying I’m delusional and that I just want really badly to think I’m a morning person for some strange reason. I used to think that when my wife said anything of the sort. Then I realized that being a morning or night person is all about when you are most productive and creative. When do you find yourself getting the most accomplished. It’s not even about what time you get up!
All being a morning person means is that you are better at getting things done a few hours after you get up as opposed to a few hours before you go to sleep. I do tend to get up early in the morning, but that’s mostly out of a personal preference. If I sleep to late I feel like I must be missing out on something. I think it may also be a leftover from being totally addicted to Saturday morning cartoons. Back when they didn’t suck, that is.
So, why does it matter that I’m a morning person? Do I think it’s better than being a night person? No, I don’t think it’s better to be a morning person. It’s just harder to come to grips with in a culture that’s geared toward hating the morning. It DOES however, matter a great deal. If you are a morning person that is trying to live a night person’s life you won’t get nearly as much accomplished as you could. You also will tend to be a lot grumpier while doing it.
Do you find that when you try to do thought intensive or creative work in the evening it’s hard to focus or you get extremely irritable? You might just be a morning person. Your next thought might be that you are just as grumpy and unfocused in the morning and that it takes you 3 cups of coffee before you’re worth a damn. Just because you drink a lot of coffee in the morning that doesn’t mean you’re not a morning person. Make sure you are getting enough sleep and that you have something specific to work on first thing. Take a chance and try being a morning person. It might change your life.