I’ve always been an early bird and a fan of getting things done early. Even when I was a child, I’d wake my mother at 5:00 am to read me stories. (Morning stories I guess, since you couldn’t call them bedtime stories!) The best thing that ever happened to my mother was when I learned to read. Then I could entertain myself during the wee hours of the morning without disturbing her. I would arouse at 5:00 or 5:30 am and read by myself for 2 hours, then have breakfast with my parents when they woke up. (I’m an only child and have always loved my own solitude.)
All through my teenage years, I hated staying up late, never needed a curfew and thrived on the peace of the early morning stillness. Even now, I see the early bird lifestyle firmly rooting itself in my life. I naturally get up early (I never use an alarm clock), I exercise in the early morning and get most of my work done all before lunchtime. (Okay so it’s usually not all before lunchtime. More like dinnertime. I don’t like working after dinner.) Case in point: I am currently writing this blog post at 5:50 on Thursday morning.
Although my early bird tendencies put me at odd with my peers all through middle school and high school, you know what? I like being an early bird. I like starting and ending my day early. I wear a million hats and have a hectic schedule that requires careful planning. People often ask me how I get it all done. And sometimes I don’t know how I manage to get it all done. But I can tell you this much: I don’t think I’d be as organized if I wasn’t an early bird. That’s just me.
I know tons of people who are very organized and work best at night, but it’s just not for me. What about you? Are you an early bird or a night owl? Are you quick to get work done or do you tend to procrastinate?