Are you a lark or an owl?

I finished listening to the audible version of Gretchen Rubin’s new book, Better Than Before, on the very last day of May.

I really loved it a lot and can thoroughly recommend it to all of you, because you all want to improve your lives. I know this because you read my blog.

One thing she says is that that it’s a good thing to know yourself because that informs how you make changes in your life. Strategies that work for one person will not work for another (which we all know, and that’s also the type of thing I say all the time in my books and courses).

I’ve known from the beginning of time that I’m a night owl.

I’ve even written an article about how doing things at the right time of the day… for you… will make you 50% more productive. Go read it – it’s a good one 🙂

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And then I ran across many other books and e-courses online (I can think of 3 off the top of my head) where the authors believe you can change your day by maximising your morning and so on.

Which always made me feel a bit of a failure because try as I might, I am not a morning person.

People said to me pre-kids, “just wait. Once you have children, you’ll become a morning person”. It didn’t happen.

I woke up 3 times a night, sometimes more, for the first 10 months of my kids’ lives, and groggily attended to my allocated baby (we were each allocated one to listen out for) but once they were sleeping through, I went back to being my normal sleep-through-anything self.

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The interesting thing to me about this book is Gretchen says that there is research (!) proving that a lark will always be a lark and an owl will always be an owl.

Such freedom for me.

No more of the slight guilt that I wake up when I do and that I’m actually quite useless before 9 am.

Tell me your story.

Are you a lark or an owl?
Have you tried to live the opposite way? How did that work for you?

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  1. Can you be neither? lol. I used to be an night owl when I was younger. I could stay up really late and never felt tired. Now I can barely keep my eyes open at night and wait eagerly for bedtime. I have never been a morning person and I still struggle to wake up in the mornings. It makes me feel very guilty as I never get to doing everything I planned.

  2. Jacynth says

    Many great artists and creatives in Mason Currey’s book were night owls too, and they did just fine. I’m a night owl, but since I no longer do anything productive at night, I started to waste precious time. I’m trying to switch to becoming a lark. I can usually wake up pretty early without the alarm clock, just that I’m usually tired after a short while as I didn’t get sufficient sleep. So the tricky part is convincing myself to go to bed earlier to make up for the early morning.

    I’d tried being a lark for 2 days straight, and I like it so far. For some reason, I feel like I’ve more time now lol. Am currently trying to build a ritual to ease into work mode, because otherwise, there’s no point waking early only to waste the time again by procrastinating.


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