So, this morning I am feeling productive, hence writing this particular blog. So why does my brain feel creative, motivated and raring to go today?
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Several reasons spring to mind today:
- I had a pretty good night's sleep
- I woke before my alarm
- The sun is shining!
- I am a morning person
We all have our preferred time of day; the time when we feel at our best, perhaps more creative, more energy, less stressed. For me it has always been the morning.
I cannot recall a time when I have been a late riser (well not since my teenage years). On the very rare occasions when I have stayed in bed until 8am, I feel I have missed part of the day already. In truth, it is much easier to get up from the comfort of your bed on a summer's morning, when (hopefully) the temperature is rising and the sun is shining (like today ).
It's more than just getting out of bed though. My work means I regularly need to call upon my creative skills and I one thing I have learned about myself is that if I tackle the creative jobs (those that need thought, consideration and ideas) in the morning I will be far more productive and will on the majortiy of occasions, complete the task in less time and to a better standard.
I've used the same theory for getting the best from other events too. If I am invited to an interview, a meeting or an opportunity to showcase my professional skills, I will always choose the morning slot, assuming one is offered.
There have been two occasions very recently when that worked very well for me and lead to engagement for work.
Of course, it doesn't mean I fall apart after 12 noon and fall into a pit of melancholy and demotivation! It just means I am using my time effectively.
It's not the same for everyone though; there are may "afternoon people"out there as well as the "night owls". I have been known to party-on until the wee small hours, but don't ask me to do anything that is going to need me to to think clearly or be creative when I do; it either won't happen or will not make any sense the next morning!
What's your best time of the day/week/month/year?
When are you at your best and how do you use that knowledge to your advantage?