Morning People and Productivity
I’ve been reading a few articles lately about employee productivity and the correlation to time of day. There are research studies and talk about personal power cycles and body rhythms and brain wave activity. There are polls like the survey conducted by the IT Job Board which found that ” productive techies are morning people, who like making lists and prefer working on their own.”
Perhaps we put ourselves into our own categories and then move into self-fulfilling mode. We assign labels to ourselves like morning person or night owl and some of us profess to being most productive late-afternoon. Heck – who hasn’t made a comment to a co-worker about turning into a slug post-lunch?
Sometimes our label becomes a crutch:
“Sorry Joe, I can’t possibly make that 8 AM meeting – I’m just not a morning person.”
“Gee Steve, I know you want us to be more customer-facing, but I can’t work those hours; I do my best work at 10 PM.“
As my entire family knows, I am most certainly not a morning person. Or am I? Have I convinced myself over the years that just because I like to lounge in my pajamas and lay in bed (as opposed to sitting upright) watching the morning news, that I deserve the label of “not-a-morning-person”?
When I’ve been faced with jobs that require me to be on my game at the crack-of-dawn, I can do it. I actually, in some perverse way, enjoyed the job where I fairly regularly arrived at work at 6 AM or 6:30 AM to hold pre-shift meetings. I was energized. My brain was firing on all cylinders. And the energy level stayed up for the remainder of the day. Is it possible that I had convinced myself I wasn’t a morning person for all those years?
So where do you fall? Do you have a preference for time of day? Or do you truly believe you ARE your label?