Making The Most of Your Day
Ben Franklin used to say: “early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”. Now we know why.
Time magazine recently published a guide to the human’s mental clock, which should help us making better use of our time. The guide was composed based on the two most common human stereotypes: early person and night owl.
Based on this guide, here are the reasons why Ben Franklin statement is scientifically correct despite it was a mere product of conventional wisdom:
- Early persons have more time for productivity in their mental clock. In average, they have 6.5 hours for problem solving as opposed to 6 hours for the night owls.
- Big chunks of night owls’ productivity times fall after 6 pm, which means it falls outside “business hours”. If night owls work for employers, that means they have a lot to catch up with the early persons at the end of office day.
- Early persons have more time for rejuvenation in average and it falls just in time after business hours has passed. Night owls’ rejuvenation time occurs during business hours, which means they won’t be able to use it optimally. This also implies that early persons will have more time to enjoy lives without sacrificing their productivity, whilst the night owls must barter their productive times for one of those fancy, romantic, or family dinner.
- That 5 straight hours of optimal problem solving time for the night owls that fall between 6-11 pm is making me nervous. Nobody is able to stay productive for 5 hours continously without a break. Distraction will come, you will take a break; if you’re a slow starter, that means most of that 5 hours will be only for getting into the-zone, not staying in-the-zone.
- Night owls often skip breakfast, which is scientifically proven as the most important meal of the day and the biggest supplier of brain food.
So, if you fall into the category of night owls, switch now to achive more in your life. I’m a night-owl too, and I’m definitely attempting to switch to early person.