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Keep Your Morning Routines Away From Me

by Wendy Vazquez-
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I’m so tired of reading and skimming through articles like “5 Ways to Ace your Morning Routine”, or “Do This Every AM to Be Successful”.

Okay, how about NO!

I am not a morning person. If I’m up before 9am I’m nauseous for the rest of the day, and rendered completely useless. I am a floormat of a person in the morning. I’m a cranky, walking blob if I’m up at 10am and haven’t had a coffee.

Morning routines are great, for morning people. I will never EVER be someone who willingly wakes up at 5am and raves about it. And frankly, I find it annoying when people do. Good for you for getting most of your work done before 1pm. That’s fantastic!

But guess what? People are not like you! I am most productive between 1pm and 7pm. I get most of my writing assignments done between 3pm and 8pm. I brainstorm some fabulous new ideas around 9 or 10pm. I jot down floating thoughts at 12 or 1am. I will probably get to bed by 2am on a decent night. However, I NEED 10 hours of sleep. I’m not a decent human being with only 8 hours under my belt. My body needs more, that’s just how I have always been.

Go ahead, label me lazy if you want. But the truth is even if I go to bed at 9pm, I’m not waking up until about 8:30am. My body will not naturally awaken before then. And if I am up at 8:30 am or even 9am, then you can bet your ass that I am taking my sweet time finding coffee, reading emails, sorting through the hundreds of daily articles that are roaming my Google alerts, and so on.

I probably won’t even start hashing out “real” work until 11am. And even then, this rarely involve writing which is my main source of income. I really can’t work my brain into writing mode until 1pm–the earliest!

I’m more of a night owl. That’s just how I work best. I’m so sick and tired of reading what billionaires and millionaires recommend doing every morning. Guess what, we all have 24 hours in a day. That has never changed, and will always stay the same. As long as you use your time in a way that works for you, why should it matter whether you’re up at 6am every day or casually wake up before 12pm?

As someone who has never been a fan of mornings, I have to say that I loathe running into such articles. They’re lies. Certain things work for certain people. You need to be comfortable with leading yourself, and working your day the way you need to.

Even as a child in elementary school, getting up at 7am was really hard for me. Now, as an adult, I’ve come to realize that working remotely is my best option. I am loner, and I love it. If a client can only do a call at 9:30am, then I make it a point to accommodate them…but I will surely be taking a nap after.

Forget a morning routine, and adopt a “Work Day Routine” instead. Ever since making the jump to becoming a full-time freelancer, I honestly haven’t looked back. Sure, the security of my 9-to-5 was nice, but it didn’t make me happy.