What time does your alarm tell you to ‘rise and shine’ every day? (I’m assuming here that you do not get to sleep until you naturally wake up on any given work day. A safe assumption on my part, yes?) I’m also going to guess that you are quite likely one of the altogether too many folks that are sleep deprived much of the time. Do you even know if you are a morning person or not anymore?
Sleep deprived or well-rested, we all have an optimal time of day when we are clear-headed and ready for pretty much any challenge. When our brains are primed to calculate and estimate, analyze and realize, plow through that to-do list at a record pace with stellar results. Even if it might be caffeine fueled, just a little bit.
Do you get to pick your own starting hour? So that you can arrange it based on what you consider a decent wake up time, barring any familial responsibilities. Or do you march to the requirements of your workplace, even if it is in sleep-walking mode?
Personally, I am not an early morning type, though I have found that I can get my mind moving earlier in the day if I am allowed by circumstance to do it slowly with a mug of tea to nudge my brain into gear. When required by outside forces, I get up and get moving grumpily and my brain has several false starts before the gears start to act in concert, about midmorning.
Chipper early risers get a blank stare from me at best on these days. Though as I have mentioned before, I will rouse my meager energy store to offer ‘good mornings’ to all I encounter because I know it is important. Just don’t ask for much more, please.
But back to your optimal clear-headed state. I hope that, sleep deprived or not, self-selected start time or not, you do at least know your best hours of the day. That you can manipulate and arrange to work on the really important stuff during these golden minutes of mental whirring.
If not, give it some thought. Knowing when your mind is sharp will give you a better shot at success, when it is your time to shine.
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