I’m asking this question because I’m not an (early) morning person. From what I’m reading lately, the answer to the above question will be yes and no.
I am like a she-bear with a sore head until two coffees have been consumed before 10.30am. I have a sugar-induced spurt of productivity mid-afternoon when everyone else is falling asleep, then another one around 5 pm and another at 11 pm, that also involves listening to new music and lounge-dancing. Bedtime is midnight. I would give my right arm to be able to sleep in the next morning.
However, younger sleeper-inners, be warned. The corporate working world is currently ruled by morning people. Those who cheerily send crucial breakfast meeting invites, and create an expectation that you too will turn up at 8.00am looking crisp in your blotch-free suit with not a hair out of place ready for Morning Standup. So if you have managed to gerrymander your uni timetable so you never have to start before 10 am so that you can crawl out of bed at 9 am like a dishevelled sloth, this will be a shock.
With housing being tight in terms of availability more and more of us face a long commute into the city for 9-5 jobs. With infrastructure not keeping up with the growth of our bigger centres, it’s a really long commute in crowded trains or traffic jams. So our alarms go off at 5.30 am. When my children were babies and I was lugging them into the creche, get up time for me was 4.30 am.
This nonsense is unsustainable and there is a change in the air. Check out this Guardian article about writer Douglas Coupland’s view that the “Nine to Five Routine is Barbaric“. Technology is ringing in the changes whether we like it or not:
In the same way the industrial revolution led to the creation of the weekend as a break from work, the cloud is altering our work schedule, Coupland says. He points to developments in Silicon Valley, where companies such as Facebook encourage staff to work from home on Wednesdays. Coupland explains that avoiding the San Francisco Bay area commute was part of the reason for this, but getting away from meetings and office politics is the most popular aspect of it with staff. “In the future, every day of the week is going to be a Wednesday. There will be no more weekends, it’ll be one smooth flow. I wish I could say that in the future there will be no meetings, but there will always be meetings.”
Until such time as flexible practices become the norm, here are some excellent tips to get the day off to a good start – 10 tweaks to your morning routine that will transform your entire day. I wish I could toss it off as a whole lot of positive thinking tosh but, you know, science. Researchers have found that a number of positives actions you take early in the day, such as drinking lemon water or exercise can set you up to make the most of those crucial morning hours. I like the idea of “eating three frogs” before checking your e-mails. Remember not to take this literally. I don’t want to condone cruelty to animals just as much as I don’t want to condone you turning up late for work for your first day in a new job. However, have a think about when you are most productive and talk with your employer about more flexible work practices that help you to be more productive and the best you can be.