As a kid, I was woken up every morning by my mom telling me the weather in the happiest young. I always responded with a groan and “ten more minutes…five more minutes…just one more minute.” You could say that I am definitely NOT a morning person. I’ve tried to be a morning person and hit up that 7 AM spin class so I could get my workout in and start some work before the day even really began. But, it never worked. I ended up despising the gym, feeling exhausted by my lack of sleep because I only got about 4-5 hours because of the early wake up, and I didn’t really get anything done.
One formula doesn’t work for everyone.
Mornings don’t work for me– they are not how I become more productive or happier as a person. So, this semester, I’m trying something new: I’m doing weekends differently. In the past, my weekends included me waking up around 10, struggling to do work all day but feeling really distracted, and meeting up to go out with friends at night. I would end up drowning in work on Sundays because Friday and Saturday had been pretty unproductive. So, this semester, I’m changing my schedule to work with my own personal productivity.
I like working at night. 6 p.m. is when I start to feel energized and focused so now, that’s when I’m starting my work on weekends. During the day, I’m enjoying myself. I felt like in the old schedule, I never really spent quality time with people during the weekend. Maybe, we went out to a party together or to a big dinner, but I never got to have the long conversations and connections I really wanted to have. So now, I’m having coffee and lunch and sometimes, even breakfast with friends on the weekends. Another thing I found was I had bogged my weekends down so much in work and honestly, not being productive, that I was never getting to spend time in D.C. and enjoying this city. With my new schedule, I actually have time to go to the museums I love and take advantage of all the opportunities that exist here.
So, this quick post is just to tell you: do what works for you. Don’t have a schedule that leaves you feeling disconnected and unproductive just because that’s the conventional way of doing things. Change the pattern and you might find life looking a lot easier and happier.