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6 ways you can get ahead at work if you’re a night owl

(Business) If you’re a night owl, you probably roll your eyes at the sound of 5am yoga or reading the paper in full before sunrise, so how can you be more productive?

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Early birds aren’t the only ones who get the worm

Many experts recommend waking up early to get a head start on the day. You’ve heard of those people who get up at 4:30 a.m. and are almost manic in their productivity, the early birds.

Practically everywhere you turn, you see articles about getting up early to take advantage of quiet time in the morning.

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When you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum, a night owl, you might be discouraged when you see so many raves about the benefits of waking up early. Instead of considering your circadian rhythm a disadvantage, turn it into an advantage when you utilize your productive hours more effectively.

1. Plan the next day

You know you’re not at your best in the morning, so get everything laid out the night before when you are. Plan meals, logistics for getting kids where they need to go, make sure you have everything you need for the day, whatever makes your morning easier.

2. Catch up on your to-do list

Go to bed with a clean slate. You’ll start the day fresh and ready to take on whatever comes your way.

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3. Enjoy your hobby

Use your productive time to clear your head and work on a project you love. Night owls are said to be very creative and you need an outlet.

4. Combat clutter

Take one night a week and work on tidying up. Don’t just toss things into a drawer or closet, but actively look at what you have. Determine if you have to keep save it. Then, place it where it really goes or recycle it.

5. Concentrate on a work project without distractions

Set a time limit, so you aren’t up all night working.

6. Get to bed in time for you to wake up strong

Having a regular bedtime will help your sleep patterns. You may still have nights where you just want to stay up and work, but don’t make them the norm.

Success is not determined by the time of day you wake up. It’s measured by what you do with that time. Find out what works best for you. More businesses are offering flexible schedules. It pays to ask to adjust your hours if you think it will boost your productivity. Instead of trying to make your body fit into society’s norm, listen to what works for your mind and body. Do more when you’re alert.

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Dawn Brotherton is a Sr. Staff Writer at The American Genius with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is an experienced business writer with over 10 years of experience in SEO and content creation. Since 2017, she has earned $60K+ in grant writing for a local community center, which assists disadvantaged adults in the area.

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