In Defense of Night Owls Why My Experiment Failed and I Don't Feel Guilty About It

Night Owls in the Morning

Some of you may know that I’m the worst morning person on the face of the Earth. Some of you may also know that I’ve been trying to change. I’ve never been proud about being one of the night owls, but it’s time to change that.
 
After reading about the amazing benefits of yoga in the morning, going running, meditating, getting the house to yourself, having a full breakfast at 5 a.m. (BARF!), and blah blah blah, I was convinced that being an early riser was the only way to go. I researched ways to get up earlier in the morning and tried to follow the rules. 
 
The first week wasn’t awesome, but it was ok. This second week, however, was very weird. Due to a number of projects and musical gigs, I found myself going to bed between 1 and 2 a.m. and waking up between 9 and 10. And the results of this have really made me ask myself a few questions.

The Quest To Become An Early Riser – Week 1

Alarm clock and flowers

There’s a lot of buzz about  the early bird getting the worm and the huge benefits that waking up early can have on your life. I’m trying to find out if this is true for everyone or if perhaps some people (i.e. night owls) may benefit from a different schedule. As I told you last week, when I was researching the best hacks to get up early in the morning, I’m really not a morning person.

The Quest to Become An Early Riser The Preparation Phase

Every year, I read about getting up early and its amazing benefits. Every year, I promise myself that this will be the year I definitely get up earlier and do yoga or whatever else and feel amazing all day. Mind you, I’m not even talking about getting up at 4.30 a.m.
A simple 7 a.m. every single morning would suffice for the moment. Unfortunately my bed is just too tempting and my alarm clock doesn’t really make a compelling argument.

Productivity is Today’s Biggest Obsession

A productivity-focused desk

I’m hesitant to talk about productivity. It seems as though the world’s greatest artists and musicians aren’t concerned with it, because art apparently simply “happens”. It’s inspiration. Talent. Waking up at 3 a.m. in a frenzy because you’ve just had a great songwriting idea. Basically magic, if we put it this way. Setting a schedule and following it kind of takes the “spur of the moment” out of art.