How to Be Productive If You Are Not A Morning Person?

How to Be Productive If You Are Not A Morning Person?

Freelancing brought about many opportunities for us. It allowed us to focus on what we love to do (whether it be more time for the family or traveling) whilst working a living. You just need a trusty laptop and a reliable Internet connection. And you’re in business! 

But then, why is it so hard to be productive when you actually control your time? Our time may be flexible, but this flexibility has its limits. It doesn’t warrant you to procrastinate all day long before doing your job. This is not high school, my friends.

And another thing, what if your client demands you for meetings or reports in the morning? Are you just lazy? Who is to blame?

 

Don't Blame Yourself. It's In Your Genes

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Don’t Blame Yourself, It’s In Your Genes

The answer is no one. You may think it’s all about willpower. Or maybe night owls are just plain lazy. But according to Robert Matchock, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Penn State Altoona and a researcher of circadian rhythms in physiology and behavior, the hormone melatonin decrease later in the morning for night owls.

Also, they have a higher core body temperature in the afternoon, which are signs of increased energy at that time. There is nothing wrong with you. Like some people have brown eyes and some have blue, it’s just the way it is.

If you are a night owl, is it the end of the world? Do you drop every morning client you have? Fret not. This is how you become productive even if you are not a morning person!

 

Accept Yourself Work Around Your Natural Body Rhythms

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Accept Yourself: Work Around Your Natural Body Rhythm

Now that you know your predisposition, it’s best to do work with your body not against it. Do not fight your natural tendencies. Find a way to take advantage of your default self while you’re at it.

Accept yourself. Even if you start tasks later, you can still finish a lot as long as you have mastery of your rhythm.

 

Prepare Your Tomorrow, Tonight

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Prepare Your Tomorrow, Tonight

Night owls do their best work, well, at night. So why not plan your tomorrows every single night. Try to build a routine in your workflow. Do your best to use your nightly superpowers to fix important stuff for tomorrow like morning routines.

Lay down your clothes. Fix your things. Prepare the ingredients for breakfast. The list goes on. So that in your groggy morning state, you can go autopilot.

Auto-Pilot Tasks First

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Auto-Pilot Tasks First

And speaking of autopilot, if you have the option, choose to do the assignments you can autopilot.  I mean I’m not telling you to procrastinate and not eat your biggest frog.

But as a night owl myself, it’s just that I simply can’t. And If I do, I may pass poorly made output. So try to do the menial tasks on your wobbly state to be at least productive in those hours.

 

Schedule Harder Tasks on Peak Times

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Schedule Harder Tasks on Peak Times

Now, we’re talking. When it comes to your peak hours, it’s time to maximize it by scheduling the hard tasks in your golden hours. It’s the time when your practice “deep work“.

These are bursts of productivity that produce the best output. It lets you be in a state of flow where everything seems to just fall into place. Maximum productivity at less amount of time.

Do you see now that it’s possible? Let’s raise the flag for all the night owls out there and achieve peak performance regardless of time. Good luck!

 

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