At least twice a week, facebook shows me an ad that says something along the lines of “imagine waking up in the morning and springing out of bed because you can’t wait to get started on your work for the day! That could be you!” And it annoys me. In a four-letter word kind of way.
Because I am not a morning person. No matter how much I love what I do (and believe me, I love what I do!) me getting up in the morning is never going to look like this:
It’s always going to look like this:
And you know, that’s OK. We can’t all be morning people, and it’s possible to have a wildly productive and enjoyable day no matter what time of day you happen to have the most energy.
That’s why I’ve created a free guide to how to get the most out of your day, whether you’re a morning person, a night owl, or something in between.
Because I’m tired of seeing one-size-fits all advice that doesn’t take into account that everybody’s natural daily rhythm is a little different.
Take this, for example. Here are two very common pieces of advice about how to get the most out of your work day:
- Do your most important work in the morning, while you’re freshest.
- Do your most important work at whatever time of day you tend to feel most clear-headed, and have the most energy.
But unless you’re lucky enough to have piles of energy first thing in the morning, these two pieces of advice are impossible to follow at the same time.
So which one should you follow?
Well, there’s an important grain of truth to both of them.
The important grain of truth behind the first piece of advice is that none of us, morning people or not, make our best decisions late in the day. You only have so many considered judgements you can make each day. After about 200 decisions, your brain gives up, your willpower runs out, and you stop being productive.
And when you think about it, 200 decisions is actually not that many decisions. You could use those up in the process of getting yourself fed, dressed, out the door, and through your email inbox on the train to work.
That’s why many experts recommend doing your most important work first thing.
But there’s also an important grain of truth to the second point. Some of us are never going to do great work in the morning regardless of how much decision-making power your brain has in reserve for the day.
This guide is here to help you get the most out of your day, based on your personal body clock and daily rhythm. (And hey, there’s plenty of juicy worms in here for you early birds, too! Having energy in the morning doesn’t automatically mean your daily rhythm will always be 100% perfect.)
So why not download it now? It’s free! All you have to do is put your first name and email address into the boxes below, and hit the button. And hey presto, your pdf guide to getting the most out of your day will be delivered right to your inbox.