Planning the WHEN of your success is important
While you and I are working on your exact unique talent, the one thing that you were meant to do… you should start to think about “when” you’re going to do it. Your day isn’t made up of hours or minutes, but moments. That moment you decide to stay on the couch and binge watch the rest of Supernatural. (I don’t blame you) or That moment you decide that the donut won’t ruin your resolve to eat healthy the rest of the day. These moments are your opportunity to create MORE in your life. (in the two examples above… more Supernatural and more donuts)
Understanding Your “Type”
While it may be true that the early bird gets the worm, That only applies if your a “morning person” AND if you like worms. 🙂 Science has proven that working against your chronotype will result in less success.
What is a chronotype? “A chronotype is the propensity for the individual to sleep at a particular time during a 24-hour period.” In other others, whether you are a morning person, or night owl. Whether you need 8 hours of sleep or less. Your natural rhythm of life has a timeline and working against it will only slow your forward movement down.
I’m a morning person. I get up at 4:00am, grab a cuppa coffee and head out to my office. My desk is surrounded by windows and I love watching the sunrise and hearing the birds welcome the light. I can’t imagine spending my morning hours sleeping. In fact, if I sleep in late the rest of the day seems wasted to me, I might even give up on the rest of the day by 10:00… having convinced myself that it’s almost over.
I describe my ideal morning to my sister and she groans “Why would you intentionally get up that early?” The night owl are energized and excited to sit down and get creative at 8 or 10pm, and I can’t imagine having the energy or enthusiasm to do my best work at 10pm.
My point is, you need to understand your “type” and work with it, instead of against it. If you’re a morning person, then you will need to start to put a minimum of 30 minutes a morning aside. There are no exceptions. You will need AT LEAST 30 minutes every day to get your Creative Cash System up and running, Ideally, you should have at least 1 hour, but I can work with 30 minutes. You Night Owl’s will need to carve out an hour in the evening. Putting aside the creative time to do what you love and step into your abundance will pay off in the end. Doing when you are more naturally creative and willing… will make the time fly.
Take this short quiz from Robert E Thayer in The Origin of Everyday Moods (1996) to determine your Chronotype:
The Chronotype Test
For each question, select the single, most appropriate answer. At the end, add up the values for your choices and match your score to the chart provided.
1. If you were entirely free to plan your evening and had no commitments the next day, at what time would you choose to go to bed?
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm –> 5
9:00 pm – 10:15 pm –> 4
10:15 pm – 12:30 am –> 3
12:30 am – 1:45 am –> 2
1:45 am – 3:00 am –> 1
2.You have to do 2 hours of physically hard work. If you were entirely free to plan your day, in which of the following periods would you choose to do the work?
8:00 am – 10:00am –> 4
11:00 am – 1:00 pm –> 3
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm –> 2
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm –> 1
3. You have gone to bed several hours later than normal, but there is no need to get up at a particular time the next morning. Which of the following is most likely?
Will wake up at the usual time and not fall asleep again –>4
Will wake up at the usual time and doze thereafter –>3
Will wake up at the usual time but will fall asleep again –>2
Will not wake up until later than usual –>1
4. You have to sit a 2-hour test that will be mentally exhausting. If you were entirely free to choose, in which period would you choose to sit the test?
8:00 am – 10:00 am –> 4
11:00 am – 1:00 pm –> 3
3:00 pm – 5:00pm –> 2
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm –> 1
5. If you had no commitments the next day and were entirely free to plan your own day, what time would you get up?
5;00 am – 6:30 am –> 5
6:30 am – 7:45 am –> 4
7:45 am – 9:45 am –> 3
9:45 am – 11:00 am –> 2
11:00 am – 12:00 pm –> 1
6. You are going to do a workout in the gym. It will run from 10pm to 11pm. Based only on how you normally feel in the evening, how do you think you would perform?
Very well –> 1
Reasonably well –>2
Poorly –> 3
Very poorly –>4
7. Do you think of yourself as a morning type or an evening type of person?
Definitely morning –>6
More morning than evening –>4
More evening than morning –>2
Definitely evening –>0
6-10 –> strong evening chronotype
11-15 –> moderate evening chronotype
16-22 –> between evening and morning types
23-27 –> moderate morning chronotype
28-32 –> strong morning chronotype