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10 Things Morning People Do That Make Them Different

10 Things Morning People Do That Make Them Different

Getting up in the morning is hard because your bed is so comfy, and you know you have an endless to-do list just waiting for you. It’s hard to change your circadian rhythm from being a night owl to a morning person, but it’s possible! Check out these ten things morning people do that make them different, and see what habits you can work into your own life. You might be a morning person before you know it!

1. They are happier.

Morning people are happier because they are more adjusted to the typical schedule. Night owls are possibly crankier because they stay up later, then still have to get up early to work a 9–5 job. Morning people, on the other hand, are ready to face the day by the time their office job has to start. Another possible cause for their sunnier dispositions is literally the sun—exposure to natural light has been shown to make people happier and improve moods.

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2. They are more productive in the morning.

Morning people get up and go. They make coffee, they shower, they pack lunches and watch the news. They get their day started. Morning people often have more energy early in the day, and find it’s better to schedule their challenging tasks for this time.

3. They don’t hit snooze.

Morning people don’t hit the snooze button. They don’t even need the snooze button. Morning people are ready to get up as soon as their alarm goes off. I’ve even known morning people who are awake before their alarms go off!

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4. They have a lower risk of depression.

Studies have shown that people who are more inclined to stay up late are more likely to have mood disorders. This could be because morning people spend more time in society during the day, whereas night owls go out when the world is less populated—if they go out at all.

5. They feel less rushed.

Morning people wake up with time to have breakfast and get ready for work at a more leisurely pace than those who hit snooze until the last minute. They have time to welcome the day with a cup of coffee and a smile, rather than already feeling frazzled about the time crunch.

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6. They are more prepared for their day.

Morning people have more time to get ready for their day because they have time before they need to fulfill obligations. They can fix breakfast and pack lunches. And, because they’re good with time management, morning people often prepare all of this stuff the night before. It might sound childish to lay out your clothes the night before work, but it helps save a lot of time in the morning!

7. They have better grades.

A study done at Texas University shows that students who are morning people had GPAs at least one point higher than their night owl classmates. This might be because they get more sleep and are less likely to skip class, and since they’re not up and out late at night, they’re into less trouble-causing activities. But never fear, just because you’re out of school doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from being a morning person—you can outperform your night owl coworkers!

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8. They’re more alert and organized.

Morning people wake up early because they go to bed earlier and get enough rest. Night owls try to cram too much in to the available hours, which wears them out and keeps them from getting all the sleep they need. As a result, their organization suffers. Morning people are alert for more of their waking hours, and this gives them more time and energy to be productive and organized.

9. They’re nicer.

This goes along with the risk of depression in that morning people have better moods and dispositions. They are out in society more, and socialize with a wider variety of people than do night owls. Morning people more than likely feel like they were more productive during the day than their evening counterparts, so they feel proud of themselves and are able to convey that positivism in their interactions with others.

10. They’re more likely to stick to a schedule.

Morning people wake up at the same time every day, which sets them on a good path to stick to a schedule throughout the day. They’re more likely to set time limits for projects at work and stick to them and accomplish deadlines.

Featured photo credit: Joeri Poesen via flickr.com

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Published on July 17, 2018

How Productive People Compartmentalize Time to Get the Most Done

How Productive People Compartmentalize Time to Get the Most Done

I’ve never believed people are born productive or organized. Being organized and productive is a choice.

You choose to keep your stuff organized or you don’t. You choose to get on with your work and ignore distractions or you don’t.

But one skill very productive people appear to have that is not a choice is the ability to compartmentalize. And that takes skill and practice.

What is compartmentalization

To compartmentalize means you have the ability to shut out all distractions and other work except for the work in front of you. Nothing gets past your barriers.

In psychology, compartmentalization is a defence mechanism our brains use to shut out traumatic events. We close down all thoughts about the traumatic event. This can lead to serious mental-health problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) if not dealt with properly.

However, compartmentalization can be used in positive ways to help us become more productive and allow us to focus on the things that are important to us.

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Robin Sharma, the renowned leadership coach, calls it his Tight Bubble of Total Focus Strategy. This is where he shuts out all distractions, turns off his phone and goes to a quiet place where no one will disturb him and does the work he wants to focus on. He allows nothing to come between himself and the work he is working on and prides himself on being almost uncontactable.

Others call it deep work. When I want to focus on a specific piece of work, I turn everything off, turn on my favourite music podcast The Anjunadeep Edition (soft, eclectic electronic music) and focus on the content I intend to work on. It works, and it allows me to get massive amounts of content produced every week.

The main point about compartmentalization is that no matter what else is going on in your life — you could be going through a difficult time in your relationships, your business could be sinking into bankruptcy or you just had a fight with your colleague; you can shut those things out of your mind and focus totally on the work that needs doing.

Your mind sees things as separate rooms with closable doors, so you can enter a mental room, close the door and have complete focus on whatever it is you want to focus on. Your mind does not wander.

Being able to achieve this state can seriously boost your productivity. You get a lot more quality work done and you find you have a lot more time to do the things you want to do. It is a skill worth mastering for the benefits it will bring you.

How to develop the skill of compartmentalization

The simplest way to develop this skill is to use your calendar.

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Your calendar is the most powerful tool you have in your productivity toolbox. It allows you to block time out, and it can focus you on the work that needs doing.

My calendar allows me to block time out so I can remove everything else out of my mind to focus on one thing. When I have scheduled time for writing, I know what I want to write about and I sit down and my mind completely focuses on the writing.

Nothing comes between me, my thoughts and the keyboard. I am in my writing compartment and that is where I want to be. Anything going on around me, such as a problem with a student, a difficulty with an area of my business or an argument with my wife is blocked out.

Understand that sometimes there’s nothing you can do about an issue

One of the ways to do this is to understand there are times when there is nothing you can do about an issue or an area of your life. For example, if I have a student with a problem, unless I am able to communicate with that student at that specific time, there is nothing I can do about it.

If I can help the student, I would schedule a meeting with the student to help them. But between now and the scheduled meeting there is nothing I can do. So, I block it out.

The meeting is scheduled on my calendar and I will be there. Until then, there is nothing I can do about it.

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Ask yourself the question “Is there anything I can do about it right now?”

This is a very powerful way to help you compartmentalize these issues.

If there is, focus all your attention on it to the exclusion of everything else until you have a workable solution. If not, then block it out, schedule time when you can do something about it and move on to the next piece of work you need to work on.

Being able to compartmentalize helps with productivity in another way. It reduces the amount of time you spend worrying.

Worrying about something is a huge waste of energy that never solves anything. Being able to block out issues you cannot deal with stops you from worrying about things and allows you to focus on the things you can do something about.

Reframe the problem as a question

Reframing the problem as a question such as “what do I have to do to solve this problem?” takes your mind away from a worried state into a solution state, where you begin searching for solutions.

One of the reasons David Allen’s Getting Things Done book has endured is because it focuses on contexts. This is a form of compartmentalization where you only do work you can work on.

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For instance, if a piece of work needs a computer, you would only look at the work when you were in front of a computer. If you were driving, you cannot do that work, so you would not be looking at it.

Choose one thing to focus on

To get better at compartmentalizing, look around your environment and seek out places where you can do specific types of work.

Taking your dog for a walk could be the time you focus solely on solving project problems, commuting to and from work could be the time you spend reading and developing your skills and the time between 10 am and 12 pm could be the time you spend on the phone sorting out client issues.

Once you make the decision about when and where you will do the different types of work, make it stick. Schedule it. Once it becomes a habit, you are well on your way to using the power of compartmentalization to become more productive.

Comparmentalization saves you stress

Compartmentalization is a skill that gives you time to deal with issues and work to the exclusion of all other distractions.

This means you get more work done in less time and this allows you to spend more time with the people you want to spend more time with, doing the things you want to spend more time doing.

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