Will Being A Night Owl Help Your Business?
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
Or so they say.
I recently came across an article at Elite Daily, which argued that intelligent people are night owls and stay up later than less intelligent people. This post is from June 2014, but showed up on my news feed — one can always trust Facebook users to resurface old articles. Nevertheless, I’m glad they did this time.
What struck me about this article is that it referred to night owls as being more proactive than those who wake up early. The author argued that people who stay up late get more done than those who wake up early, which made me wonder: do your sleep habits define the type of work you should do?
Staying up late ensures quiet time.
Quiet time, in turn, often leads to increased creativity and more time to be one with your thoughts. Personally, I get my best writing done late at night, when there are no distractions and everything seems peaceful.
- Jobs that require reflection seem to benefit from this evening solitude. You might find writing, painting or making crafts good side hustles if you are a night owl who likes staying up late for the silence and peacefulness it brings.
A later bedtime gives you extra hours to prepare for the next day.
I was never the type to get out of bed at 5am to prepare myself for a big presentation, or to do homework for my 8am courses. Some people can cram a lot of thinking into a small span of time, but I am not one of those people. Instead, I always preferred to stay up later and prepare. Looking at 8am from twelve hours away makes it seem less daunting, and gives me the confidence to work on my project without panic.
- Those who hold jobs that demand a lot in the early morning hours may benefit from extending their bedtime slightly. Completing projects ahead of time will prevent those “Oh *bleep*, I shut off my alarm and the project is due in 20 minutes!” moments, and will give you more peace of mind so you can sleep easy, knowing your project is complete.
- Bloggers may also benefit from being night owls; I am currently typing this post at 9am, but I prefer to write my posts ahead of time and set them to self-publish in the early morning. That makes it easy for my blog to show up on reader’s morning feeds, and makes my blog more accessible to those who do follow a 9-5 schedule and want some morning reading.
We’re connected to the whole world at all times through the internet.
If you have access to customers in Australia, Europe, Alaska, and Jamaica all at once, a later bedtime might help you succeed in your career. While a 9-5 job works fine when you’re working with customers in your own timezone, those of us trying to reach outside of our town or state might need to stay up until 1am to speak with a client at 6pm his time.
- Jobs that require contact with people across the globe would benefit from unconventional sleep times. The self-employed may also benefit from going to sleep later, to work with clients outside of the typical 9-5 hours.
I am sure the case for early rising can be made just as easily as the case for staying up late. But now, I turn the floor to you: Do you do your best work late at night? Does a non-traditional sleep cycle benefit you and your business?