WHY I’M OK NOT BEING A MORNING PERSON | AD

I’ve never been a morning person. At first I thought it was just my moody teenage ways, and then possibly my late nights during University but as I started my career and got into office life I realised that no matter the situation, I still struggled in the mornings. I spent years feeling guilty and disappointed in my lack of early productive mornings. It always seems like the most successful and productive people wake up at 6am and have most of their to-do list ticked off by 9am, so when I wake up at 9am feeling exhausted, I also feel like a bit of a failure.

Over the years I’ve trained my body to wake up around 8am so it’s hardly like I’m lying in all day but the difference between me and a morning person is that my brain doesn’t really get going until the afternoon. I’m at my most productive at about 4/5pm which is when most people feel a slump and have to finish working. People often say to me, well just work when you want to work, but life gets in the way… there are standard times when people are available on email, Rich gets home from work and I want to be able to make and eat dinner together, it’s also completely unsociable to work in the evenings.

So I’ve had to meet somewhere in the middle and it’s taken me years to try and find a daily routine that works for me. Here’s what a working day from home currently looks like…

 

7:45am
First alarm goes off, snooze 

8:00am
Second alarm goes off, I squint at the window blind that Rich has left slightly open for me 

8:15am
After 15 minutes of bleary eyed social media browsing, I finally get up

8.15am
I spend this time brushing my teeth, showering and doing my skincare routine

8.30am
I then go back into my bedroom to get dressed and to do my hair and makeup. I find this makes me feel more productive so I get ready even if I have no plans to go out

8.45am
I head downstairs to make a cup of tea and some breakfast. I’ve really been enjoying Special K Original with dried fruit and nuts sprinkled on top. It’s quick and easy to make (perfect for someone still half asleep) and tastes really good! Adding breakfast back into my routine has made a real positive change to my day and it definitely helps me to be more productive in those first few hours of the day. Special K want to educate women on the power of positive nutrition through their campaign #PoweringYou The cereal is made with Vitamin D which helps to support your immune system, B12 which helps to release energy from food and Iron which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. I’m loving it at the moment.

9:00am 
By this point I’m at my desk and I use the first few hours of my day to do tasks that don’t require much brain power or creative thinking, so I’ll check my email and organise my inbox. If any admin needs doing I’ll use this time to do it. Everything I do in the morning is incredibly slow, I procrastinate a lot and get distracted easily.

12:00pm
I like to get an early lunch in as I usually have a lot to cram into the afternoons, I usually take about 30 mins for my lunch

12.30pm
After lunch it’s all systems go. If I’m filming that day I’ll use this time to start gathering everything I need to film downstairs and to set up. This can sometimes be the longest part so I gather all my lights, my camera, my notebook and any props or products I need to show. I’ll then get myself ready for filming, I’ll change my top or put on some lipstick.

1:30pm
I’ll start filming a video and this can take anything from 30 to 90 mins depending what it is and if it’s at home or on location. If I’m not filming I could potentially be doing a shoot during this time to get some photos.

3:30pm
When I’ve finished filming and packed everything away (my least favourite part), I usually head back to my office to import the footage and save everything. At this point I also catch up on any new emails that have come in.

4:00pm
I use this time when I’m feeling most inspired and awake to brainstorm new ideas for brand briefs or for my own video content. I’ll also write blog posts during this time or schedule future videos and social posts. It’s during this hour that I feel my most productive and so it goes by really quickly.

6:00pm
I usually find the afternoon flies by and before I know it it’s 6pm. I take a quick break, prep dinner, have a bit of chill time on the sofa and then Rich comes home and I try my best to spend some with him and not to creep my way back into the office.

8.30pm
It’s about this time that I get the itch and just have to get my laptop out. Whilst Rich watches something on TV, I sit next to him and tap away finishing my work from the afternoon and clearing my inbox. I always feel like I’m racing to catch up on the lost time from the morning. I know it makes my brain too active before bed, but I’ve had to just get used to it. I sometimes write blog posts in the evening as it’s definitely a less distracting time for me when I can hear my own thoughts better.

9.30pm 
By this time the laptop has been put away and I’m ready to relax and wind down for the day.

 

I’m not going to lie, if I lived alone I would most likely stay up until midnight working and I’d probably come up with some of my best ideas then. But I know that at 9am when everyone else is at their desk and emailing me requests, I need to be there and it’s just not ok to lie in all morning. So this is how I’ve made my daily routine work for me and it seems to be ok for now.

Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, try to listen to your body and your mind and work out a routine that fits, although I know I’m lucky to have such flexible working hours.

I think it’s just important to arrange your tasks and to-do lists based on when you work more productively. I know it’s made a big difference to me and my day.

 

 

This post included a paid for advertisement by Special K. Check out their #PoweringYou campaign here

 

Photos by Lauren Shipley.

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22 Responses

  1. elisha mae says:

    Reading this on a rainy Tuesday morning and nursing a coffee, this post could not have come at a better time Lily – there’s a running joke in my office that I shouldn’t be approached before 10am because I’m just not functioning!

    Loved getting an insight into your day and hope your inbox is kind to you this morning.

    Elisha-Mae | http://www.elisha-mae.co.uk

  2. Anna Scott says:

    I have never been (and don’t think I’ll ever be) a morning person. Any time before 8am is an ungodly hour for me! I always find breakfast helps a lot when it comes to feeling tired, it’s an essential for sure.
    http://www.itsannascott.blogspot.co.uk

  3. I’ve never been a morning person, no matter how hard I try. When I have to be up early, I find that I actually like it (once I have my coffee, HA) but I just can’t seem to get into a routine on a regular basis. & my brain is the same way– most productive around 4/5ish pm. This makes me feel a tad better about myself 🙂

    xo, kaeleen | http://www.withdignityandcoffee.com

  4. Fran Gilman says:

    I’ve recently ‘trained’ myself (given myself a huge kick up the bum) to wake up earlier in the mornings so I don’t need to rush (panic!) to get ready to leave the house on time. Although I’m not particularly a morning person – I’d much rather laze in bed – I have enjoyed having more time to get ready at my own pace. As a result I’ve found I’m much more productive and ready for the day ahead when I sit down at my desk at 9am.

    As the mornings are shorter (9am – noon) I also try and spend this time planning my day and completing tasks which rolled over from the day before. I tend to get my ‘oopmth’ just after midday so that’s when I tend to get more done. This is helped by eating lunch away from my desk (if possible) – I find having time away from the screen (computer/tablet/phone) really helps clear the mind.

    @Lily, how do you juggle working at home vs spending time at home? Are you able to segment to two so you can enjoy time ‘not at work’ so to speak…? You mention that you sneak your laptop out later in the evening, but isn’t your mind buzzing just before bedtime? I think I’d struggle to get a restful sleep. I really enjoy the drive home from work as let’s me switch off fully before getting sat in front of the TV!

    From Fran x (fromfran.wordpress.com)

  5. I used to be quite good at getting up in the morning but since coming to uni I’ve really struggled with getting out of bed! I’m trying to get into a routine of getting up earlier at the moment. It’s good to know that I’m not the only person who feels more productive in the afternoon! x

    https://emmaboughtwhat.blogspot.co.uk

  6. Olga Olis says:

    I’m also really struggling with being active in the mornings and waking up earlier! It’s hard to maintain social interactions when you’re a night owl, but I think your routine it pretty great!

    Love,
    Olga from Myme

  7. I am a morning person, but I admire people that can be productive after it is dark outside. For the life of me I barely function after 4 pm and do procrastinate so much whenever I try to get things done…

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

  8. Maddison Jayne says:

    I am so like this! I am productive in the day but sometimes so much more productive at night.

    Maddison | maddisonjayne.blog/

  9. Lisa Santos says:

    I really struggle waking up early on my days off. I can never do less than 9h30. I guess if I worked from home it would be exactly the same.

    The Lisa’s World

  10. I struggle being a morning person and have to say I wake up a lot later than you but then I work slightly longer in the evenings. Like you said though, it’s about what works for you and at the moment this works x

    franklyflawless.com

  11. DIANA says:

    I love being a morning person and I really do think that it’s beneficial, but if it doesn’t work for you, then why force it? It’s better to sleep in and have a productive day then to wake up early but be tired and waster the day!

    https://thedianaedition.com

  12. Lauren Basford says:

    I love being a morning person but I definitely procrastinate until the afternoon!! It always flies by and each day I say to myself I will work more in the morning.. that rarely happens but on the odd day that it does I feel fab haha!

    http://www.thebritishrunaway.com

  13. Penny Unwin says:

    I find it really interesting knowing what people do each day and I’m definitely in the same boat that I find I’m more productive in the evenings. I’d really love to see a props post of what you use when you take your photos.

    pennyaunwin.blogspot.co.uk

  14. Flo la vita says:

    This was such an interesting post. I love to know what other blogger’s routine’s are xx

    http://www.flolavita.co.uk

  15. I’m definitely not a morning person but at night I’m pretty awake! Not great at blogging in the evenings though as I’m usually distracted by other people. Alice xxx

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

  16. Zenaide Key says:

    I really enjoyed reading this blogpost. I love your honnesty Lily and I love reading you.

    All the best,

    Zénaïde
    http://www.zenaidekey.org

  17. Elsa says:

    Your routine is very interesting, I’m trying to find mine, and like you said, you just have to find something that works for you !
    It’s also nice in a way to know I’m not the only one really struggling in the mornings.
    Elsa
    xxx
    https://lebeautyjournal.com/

  18. Michela Amp says:

    There is nothing wrong with not being a morning person ( I am not as well lol)
    Miki x

    https://littletasteofbeauty.blogspot.it/

  19. Tina says:

    I am NOT a morning person either. I’ve always struggled with formal schedules because I’m wide awake in the evenings and I just can’t properly function in the mornings. I’ve been trying to find a bit of a middle ground but its definitely not easy – like you say, you work better later in the day (or at night, which is often the case for me). Your morning sounds so much like mine. I try to do the easier computer work in the morning and its often filled with a lot of procrastinating and getting distracted. I’ve been this way as long as I can remember (well before my teenager years and now…well after then), and I’ve finally started to embrace that I simply work differently than others! It is difficult though, when the world is on a *slightly* different schedule than you are, so I have tried to stick to more normal hours.

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