I’ve always been a night owl. I gravitated towards the dark hours of the day because, for most of my life, my morning and afternoon were consumed by a schedule that was beyond my control. I’ve always valued the time that was my own, trying to make the most out of those hours by getting my work done right after school and then following my personal interests until my body’s need for sleep was stronger than my desire to keep going. I got a lot done while I was at school and in the hours following, but since graduating High School I’ve come to realize that my time management skills were never the best. Since I could set my schedule, I fell in to the trap of shoving everything I needed to do that day as far in to the day as possible, letting me sleep later and later in to the afternoon and evening. I still had some amount of structure to my schedule, I could only push back classes so far, but since when I started doing online classes I essentially became nocturnal.
Being nocturnal isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As long as deadlines were met and rent was paid things were fine, but I started feeling less and less healthy. Lack of sunlight does pretty awful things for the mind and body, and it was intensely difficult to break out of that habit. Even now though, I still struggle to get up before noon unless I have been scheduled for work. I’ve still been able to accomplish doing what I have set before me. My problem is that being a night owl makes my days feel rushed, and I’ve decided that I’m done procrastinating on changing that habit, and I’m starting today.
From now on I’m going to be dedicating myself to a new routine. I’m going to follow the example of the successful people I know, and keep to a schedule that looks something like this.
8 a.m. — Wake up and go through my morning routine
9 a.m. — Work, either on a project from home or my job
12 p.m. — Lunch
1 p.m. — Work again
6 p.m. — If working on a project from home, find a stopping point
9 p.m. — If working an afternoon shift, get off now
Midnight — Sleep!
That’s it. Easy, simple schedule, with Saturdays being an off day. I’ll be using Clockify to keep myself accountable for this, and tonight will be the start of this routine. I don’t expect it to be easy, a new habit is hard to form and will require dedication, but this will be more than worth it in the end.