With the way that society is driven, everyone fits into a specific box. People are introverts or extroverts. Shy or colourful. Talkative or quiet. There seems to be no grey area which is acceptable. A label must be tagged onto each person so we know how to deal with them best.
It is expected that people are either a morning person or a night owl. If this was the case, wouldn’t society set itself up for success? Wouldn’t that mean that businesses be closed or not operating during ‘non productive’ hours? In some way, you would have a morning crew and night crew, if you have the work and man power.
Observations that I have made tells me that people are mostly not morning or night people…but unmotivated to start out their day or comfortable. 1 out of 10 persons like to get up early in the morning, 2 out of 10 are most productive late at night, while the other 7 out of 10 people are able to be productive early in the morning or late at night.
Each person knows their own body the best. You know when you are most productive. Set your schedule to help maximize your productivity.
One of the benefit of waking up early is that you can get a lot of work done while others are sleeping. The same is true for a night owl. 8 out of 10 people are sleeping when night owls are working which is very close to the 9 out of 10 people sleeping while the morning person is working.
So what should you do?
Self-awareness: Pay attention to your energy level and mood during different times of the day. Find out when you are most effective.
Routine: Once you know when you are most productive, set a routine so you can take advantage of your premium productive time.
Communicate: Communicate with friends, families, and co-workers what your schedule is like. People will fully understand the need to maximize the productive of your efforts.
Would you consider yourself a night owl? A morning person? How have you tried to adjust your schedule? I would love to hear.
Have an awesome week.
Kevin MacDonald is a Business Consultant at L6S Business Consulting Inc (www.L6SBC.ca). L6S offers services in management consulting, Controller and CFO contracting, and lean management with either project work or teaching/mentoring of staff. Kevin has his CMA accounting designation along with a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.
Kevin is active in the community by volunteering for different groups and donates platelets at the Canadian Blood Services clinic on a bi-weekly basis.
For help with your business, contact Kevin at kevin@L6SBC.ca or 780-868-1867