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How To Become a Highly Productive Night Owl

Being an early riser has its benefits, but it isn’t for everyone. Some of humanity’s greatest minds (Voltaire for example) were renowned for sleeping in. Depending on personality, environment, and work schedule, being an early riser may not be practical.

A few months ago I gave early rising a try. I was able to wake up 1-1.5 hours earlier, but I couldn’t adjust to the early bed time. Each night around 10:00, no matter how tired I’d felt that day, my mind became active and I was unable to shut down until after 12:00. After a few weeks, sleep deprivation set in and I went back to my normal sleep pattern.

For those of us who experience a late night surge of mentally activity, waking before 6 a.m. can lead to exhaustion. Sleep schedule depends on many factors and is subject to change, but it’s important to find what works for you. Fortunately, those of us who aren’t suited to early rising can be just as productive by utilizing those quiet evening hours.

Late rising isn’t automatically beneficial. It has a negative connotation because, if poorly managed, sleeping late leads to perpetual grogginess and wasted days. Here are few strategies I’ve developed for effective late rising.

Don’t Over Sleep

The biggest temptation with late rising is to over sleep. Too much sleep is a bad thing. Rather than feeling more rested, it makes you lethargic. Having a regular wake up time is just as important for night owls as it is for early risers. If you don’t set a schedule, you’ll have a hard time being productive.

Don’t Sleep Too Late

Along the same lines, I’ve found that late rising is best in moderation. Sleeping until mid-afternoon can ruin an entire day. It throws off your biological clock, leaving you mentally dull, and makes it harder to get to sleep at a reasonable hour the following night. For me, the ideal wake up time is between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. This gives me a chance to get the 6-8 hours of sleep that I need without oversleeping or losing too much of the day.

Set a Cut Off Time

The challenge with being productive at night is that it’s hard to wind down. This can lead to late nights that throw off your schedule. The way to manage this is setting a cut off time. I set my cut off time for an hour before bed time, usually around 11:00-11:30. After the cut off time I stop working and wind down. I switch to mentally relaxing activities like minor household chores and light reading. I’d also recommend avoiding television and the computer completely. The brightness of the screen can trick your brain into thinking it’s day. Although there will always be those nights when I ride a rush of creativity until 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., it’s better to make that the exception.

Schedule Around Your Energy Cycle

To maximize productivity it’s important to leverage the natural peaks of your energy cycle. Late rising works best for people who peak in the evening. If this is the case, you should create a schedule that lets you work at night. I’ve found mid-mornings to be productive, so I’ve built my schedule around a morning and evening shift.

After getting up around 8:00 or 9:00, I eat breakfast and work for 3-4 hours. By early afternoon my energy fades and I switch from creative work to less demanding tasks like responding to email, reading feeds, and running errands. Around 8:00 p.m. I have another energy peak and work the night shift until my cut off time at 11:00. Although it can be tough to schedule around a 9-5 job, you can probably figure out a way to take advantage of your evening energy peak by working from home or on side projects.

Take Advantage of Distraction Free Evenings

Early risers rave about the productivity of the wee morning hours before the rest of us wake up. Late risers have a similar advantage on the other end. By working in the evening we can avoid the distractions of meetings, email, and other demands. For me, the evening is when I’m able to break free from the outside world and immerse myself in mentally challenging work. Some people can’t concentrate at night, but I’ve found it’s the easiest time get into creative work flow without interruption.

It’s all about finding what works best for you. As a night person in his early 20′s with roommates who tend to keep late hours, I found early rising problematic. As I get older and my living situation evolves, it’s entirely possible I’ll join the 5 a.m. club. Until then I’ll continue to take pride in being a highly productive night owl.

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  • http://www.henkbovekerk.nl/ henkbovekerk.nl

    Great article. Thanks.

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    John,

    I just wanted to endorse what you said about setting a cut off time. I have a similar schedule to yours, and I’m usually trying to cram in a last-minute task online right before I go to bed, and then it takes me 30 minutes to fall asleep, no matter how late it is.

    Reading, on the other hand, always makes me sleepy, so recently I have started cutting off work time about 30 minutes before I actually want to be asleep, and then getting in bed with a good book.

    Other people may have different habits that help them to mentally wind down, but I did want to endorse your advice on taking the time to do that before bed. It’s a great productivity tip.

    - Aaron

  • http://www.pickthebrain.com John Wesley

    @henkbovekerk.nl – Thanks, glad you enjoyed it.

    Aaron,

    I’m glad to hear that point works for you too. I’ve found it next to impossible to go directly from work to sleep so having a cut off time is important for getting to sleep on time. It helps avoid the negatives of working at night.

  • http://www.armannd.com Armand

    Really good article!

  • http://www.pickthebrain.com John Wesley

    ZHereford,

    I did see the discussion on the SP forum. I’d been thinking about this post for a while, so that really showed me people are interested in the subject.

    That’s a great anecdote about Descartes, thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.pickthebrain.com John Wesley

    That might be the case, Andrea. The only downside to that, as you mentioned, is having a hard time making early appointments. I try to compromise by being a semi-night owl and getting up around 8.

  • http://AhmadK.com Ahmad K

    It’s really hard for your body to get sleepy if you’re on your computer or watching TV late at night, because the screens are so bright which causes your brain to not produce enough melatonin. I’ve created a script on my laptop which slowly dims the computer screen and eventually puts it to sleep. It’s like a forced cut-off time…. but hey, it works

  • http://www.pickthebrain.com John Wesley

    That sounds like a useful script, Ahmad.

  • http://www.pickthebrain.com John Wesley

    Yeah, I’m always tempted to get back on the computer too, but I’ve found that often leads to staying up even later. Sometimes when I get an idea for an article I can’t resist though.

  • ZHereford

    Hey John,
    You must have enjoyed the discussion about early birds vs. night owls on a S.P. forum. I was definitely a night owl. Actually I can be what I need to be but prefer the night.
    Did you know that Descartes never got up before noon? Then when he accepted a position to tutor the Queen of Sweden he had to rise at 4:00 am upon which he caught a cold chill which turned into pneumonia. Sadly he died three weeks later.
    Disrupting his normal sleep routine must have really jolted his system. Let that be a lesson for all!

  • Andrea

    I find I get a lot of work done in the late evening and I enjoy working at that time. The problem I have is that I keep going to bed later and later and now I rarely sleep before 3am. This makes early morning appointments very difficult!

    I’m trying to get up earlier so I can get into a more ‘normal’routine but I’m struggling to get up in the morning. Maybe I’m just meant to be a night owl.

  • http://www.shardsofconsciousness.com Rick Cockrum

    I liked the article, John. It’s refreshing to see someone who doesn’t beat the get up early drum. Like others, I find some wind down time before going to sleep useful. For me, crawling in bed with a book is just the ticket.

    Our natural clocks do shift over time. I used to be a night owl. I preferred sleeping in two segments during the day, and working a night shift. But then I had children and all that entails, including a more typical sleep schedule. Now I go to bed around 11 – 12PM and get up around 6 – 7AM no problem. It’s no special benefit to get up early. It’s just the way it is. Most important is to just keep a schedule.

  • http://toshuo.com/ Mark

    You are not a night owl. You aren’t even a pale imitation of one. Three nights out of four, I’m up until dawn.

    • rocklesson86

       I am a true night owl like you. There are times were I won’t fall asleep until 8 in the morning.

  • http://www.pickthebrain.com John Wesley

    I was wonder when someone like that would comment. How do you live a normal life?

  • Adam

    Hehe… I was thinking the same thing. Delayed sleep phase syndrom can be a pain to deal with. Almost every night for the past seven years I have gone to bed between 5-7am and slept until 12-3pm. I would say I’ve only been on a ‘normal’ schedule maybe a 4-6 weeks total over the past seven years, and that was usually a result of just staying up the next day.

    As for living a ‘normal’ life, well, it’s normal within my definition. It’s safe to say I don’t have much of a social life. I do IT work, sometimes at the office, sometime from home, so it’s pretty flexible. Also, it actually helps when I’m working on a network or servers as I can avoid interruptions during any day hours. As long as your clients don’t ask why they can never reach you before noon, it can help to surprise them because their stuff just gets done while they’re sleeping.

  • kerri

    thanks for this article.
    i’m constantly trying to figure out what the heck i am- night owl/early bird. but i think i’m neither- i tend to get up around 8:30 go to sleep a little after midnight. i’m always wishing i was more productive in the evenings. or just wishing i knew how to figure out the best time to do different things-
    so i love reading what others have to say about the topic.
    thanks-

  • Greg

    This is a great article. I’ll often pull out the laptop if I can’t sleep, but maybe a book would be a better solution.

  • http://self-help-and-personal-development.blogspot.com/ Joe Caterisano

    Excellent article. The morale of the story is if you can’t beat the night owls, join ‘em. You’re site rocks!

  • http://www.MyTimemanagementTips.com Alan

    Nice article. You really made a difference in pointing out what we don’t have to do. Most people strive to do their best during their work. But why force ourself if we have the choice?

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  • http://www.TheVoipProviders.com Fran

    You are right about oversleeping. As much as possible, I avoid staying up late at night because even if I have an 8 hours sleep, I still feel sleepy. This means that it’s a decrease in productivity.

  • http://toshuo.com/ Mark

    It depends on what you mean by a “normal life”, John. I’m part owner of an English cram school in Taiwan. I usually get up between noon and 2pm, head into the school around 2:45pm and work there until 10:30pm or so. After that, I go out and eat. Sometimes, I’ll hit the bars or dance clubs after that. I do curriculum work and CD recording in the wee hours of the morning, and then crash between 4am and 6am.

    All in all, I spend quite a bit of time working. Due to the constraints of when most of our customers or potential customers can come, I pretty much have to be going at full-speed late at night. I can record a CD right before bed, but doing sales an hour before sleeping just doesn’t work for me… especially not when I have to do them in Chinese.

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  • http://katebhandmade.blogsot.com Kate B.

    Hi John:

    As a work at home mom, I also find myself working a “night owl” shift. In fact, my schedule is similar to yours: I wake at 8 a.m. with my daughter, feed and entertain her until her morning nap around 10 a.m., when I then get 2 hours of uninterrupted work. I get back to work after she goes to bed for the night, around 8 p.m. I try to shut down around midnight, so I get a total of 6 working hours a day which isn’t so bad. The after-8 p.m. shift is when I get my best and most creative work done.

    Great article!

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  • Frazer

    Please could you explain the details of this to my two year-old son ? He’s been waking at 5AM since pretty much the day he was born, and it kind of makes it difficult for me to do anything except go to bed around 9PM in order to make sure I can cope with his waking.

    Anyone want to trade ?

  • http://www.pickthebrain.com John Wesley

    Frazer,

    Having a young child definitely makes working at night more difficult. I have no idea what my schedule will become as I get older, but having a kid that wakes up at 5 a.m. would put a stop to my night owl activities.

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    In the virtual work world you can work when you’re most productive – or when your collaborators need you. For about 18 months I was managing a team of people from a home office in the San Francisco Bay Area who are located in India, 12.5 hours (depending upon daylight savings) ahead of me. To avoid being a bottleneck, I adjusted my schedule so that I had a handoff at the beginning or end of their shift. This was difficult to maintain so when I couldn’t handle it or was traveling I adjusted the schedule. But I generally did it Sunday through Thursday nights. And ultimately it was fine – it just required flexibilty on my part. I could eat dinner and then return to talk to them the team around 9 or 10 p.m. My natural time clock is a swing shift from about 3 or 4p until midnight.

  • Stephen Hopson

    I found this to be a very interesting article, especially becuase I am an early bird by nature. I like to wake up early and find that if I wake up later in the day, even at 8 am, (which most people would probably consider early), my whole day is wrecked. On the other hand, if I wake up earlier, like 5 30 or 6 am, I feel on track. Strange!

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  • Kyle

    This is a great article. I had kind of a tough time last quarter but I only took 4 classes. Where as the quarter before I had taken 5 somewhat busier classes and found that it was alot easier. After reading this I realized that the problem last quarter probably came from my sleeping habits. I think I will print this off and post it on my wall for my roommates.

    Thanks

  • MiGrant

    One thing that has worked for me — I haven’t yet tried to make it a steady habit — is to get up at 4am or so, work for a few hours, then go back to sleep till noon and continue working till “normal” people’s quitting time of 5 or 6. The upside is that I’m fresh and alert during both work periods, whereas I get sluggish in the afternoon when I work a more conventional schedule. Of course the technique is only practical because I work from home.

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  • http://www.hatchthat.com Ross Hill

    Very useful tips!

    Currently… 2:32am..

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  • Bernadette

    Although a great article with good tips..the not sleeping over…I wouldn’t say getting up at 8am is being a night owl…NO way. 8am is EARLY! I can’t think of a day when I have seen 8am since school is out for my children.
    I come from a whole family of night people, with a few early birds mixed in. Those of us that are night owls rarely get up before noon..and when we do it’s not pretty. I have always tried to fight my natural sleep rhythm by trying to force the 9-5…yet I cannot go to sleep early, therefore it catches up to me and I am exhausted..or I am chronically grumpy.
    It is extremely hard to be a night person in an early bird world, especially after becoming a parent…kids do not care what your sleep cycle is!
    Thank you though for not telling a night owl to just get up early..or you’ll get used to it..I’d love to switch shoes with those people so they could see it’s just not that easy.

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  • farouk

    that’s a really useful article, i get a creepy mood when i wake up late because of the delayed tasks i have to go through

  • carol

    Hi, glad to see something like this written.

    well, I’ve seen some people who work best at night and they can be very creative too during these hours. I think it all boils down to working within your “body’s hour”. like stated in the article, this is the hour when your mind is at its best. great article. thanks. :)

  • Amanda@choosing-life-my-way.com

    As a fellow night-owl, I really enjoyed this article. They do say the early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese haha ;)

  • Alissa

    Getting up at 6am after 8 hours sleep leaves me feeling totally exhausted by noon, which is currently a problem for my helpdesk job.

    However, if I get up at noon I can happily work my ass off until 2am, have an hour or so to wind down and comfortably go to bed about 3-4am. No tiredness mid-”day”, no insomnia.

    Having a work cut-off time is essential, and keeping to it can be very difficult. Sometimes the first thing that tips me off that I’ve worked past it is the dawn chorus striking up, so now I have a stop-working-and-wind-down alarm as well as a wake-up alarm.

  • Harshit Singhal

    I think all the hype about working late at night being bad for the body is true.While it is true that night time can be utilised for a lot of things if you generally are quite busy in the daytime, regularly waking up at night and working your ass off can probably do you more harm than good.It is like going against nature and is bound to have a negative effect on your body,mind and soul.

    • Smart Guy

      Most animals are awake at night. Its is the minority of land creatures that are awake during the day. And when the are active it is only right at dawn and at sunset.

      So if you ask me, it is the daytime people who are going against nature. It is the night owls who are in sync with the natural cycles of the earth and life.

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  • Gabriel

    For me I find I’m the most active at night when I want to sleep, and that is where all my best ideas come from…that point where I’m about to fall asleep, some great ideas come into my mind, and I have to forced out of bed and write all those ideas down, and then more ideas will come up. The power of the subconscious mind working finally.

  • Kevin

    Thanks, I appreciate the article and the tips. I’m pretty sure I’m on the computer too late at night and that keeps me up.

    I do need to mention that if you consider being up till midnight a night owl, I’d say you’re a pretty lucky night owl.

    Myself and the people I know that are night owls don’t usually fall asleep till 3 or 4am. Some of us wake up reluctantly at 8 or 9am for work but then struggle all day and take a nap later. Or, myself I have the luxury of sleeping till noon but then feel guilty for it, even though I’m really just getting the normal amount of sleep.

  • http://www.mental-freedom.com Chris Ginsburg

    My mind really comes alive at night. I’ve tried to fight it for years to adjust to the 9-5 lifestyle. Only until recently have I really begun to use the creativity I get in the evenings. Thanks for the article.

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  • http://mindmlessonl@tumblr.com Toi

    Great Article. As a 20 something college student, I feel the same way. It’s like a switch goes off once it gets dark and my mind hits overdrive. I can literally do ALL things. I’m working on not sleeping too late, I woke up at 12:30 PM the other day and nearly cried. I had to run errands that day and I knew that by the time I got ready everyone was going to be up and about. Errands like grocery shopping or going to the bank are best done when not too many people are there! All in all. I’m glad that i’m not the only super productive night owl.

  • gina

    hi there John

    i use to try to force myself to go to bed early and wake up early but i found I would always be groggy in the day even if I had enough sleep.Fantastic tip on the enregy cycles. I am using them and am more productive.Less stressed and happier plus I love the nights of quiet time.

    really helpful and practical article.

    cheers
    gene

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    I thought i was the only one lol,, i work till 3 am ,, i cant help myself thats when i am at my best,, i like to ly in when i can but sometimes dont get that chance,

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    Great ideas and advice. I think that it’s true that sleeping late gets a bad wrap and, I guess, for goods reasons sometimes. But I am one who is always so much more productive at night and getting up even before eight for me is a disaster. Holding down a regular 9-5 job is against everything fiber of my night owl nature. Oh well, only 30 more years to go to retirement!

  • http://www.motivationdigest.com Jamie

    It’s good that you tried getting up early, even if it didn’t work out for you. Now you know when you’re most productive, and you can kill it during that time. Like you said, it’s all about finding the sleep schedule that works for you.

  • http://www.tsani-oke.co.cc/ Sains Teknologia

    Great Article. As a 20 something college student, I feel the same way. It’s like a switch goes off once it gets dark and my mind hits overdrive.

  • http://www.socialnatural.com Social Skills

    The temptation is definitely to overwork at night. You’re in that zone, where focused on the task for a while and you can sleep until you finish it, but letting the mind rest is just as important, and once you wake up the next morning, you have a much clearer refreshed perspective.

  • http://bystander.homestead.com Hsiaoshuang

    Thanks for a practical article for night owls like me who have been screwing up my life. Your article shows where I have gone wrong and how to rectify.

    Not only I do a lot of productive work at night, I also like to do strenuous exercise at night which gives me such a high that I simply couldn’t sleep. What’s your advice on physical exercise (running, weights, etc)?

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    Like you, I am also a night owl. That’s why I find that freelancing is the best option for me. I’ve been doing this for almost 2 years already and I’ve started to realize what my work patterns are. I used to try working the whole day round but then my productivity decreases between 1-5pm. I usually sleep 1-7am then wake up and start working again.

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  • Justin Tillman

    This is an excellent article. It is a great resource for those that are night owls and conduct their business during those hours. Even the tips you get can be used for those that work during the day to and also see the same results.

    Great job on the article.

  • Hyunjungsoh

    I enjoy studying at night. I find that I am able to concentrate more, because the people are asleep and nobody is there to bother me. It is also a lot colder at night. The only bummer is when my mother wakes up in the wee hours of the morning telling me to go to bed. :(

    I feel bad whenever she does that because it disrupts my productivity. 

  • A Midnight Bleary

    I’m definitely a night owl. Maybe it’s because I’m very photosensitive (and do a lot of work in the dark because it actually is better for my eyes), or maybe it’s because a lot of the people I don’t want to deal with go to bed at “regular hours,” and during the night I’m free to create, to express, to do whatever I feel is fundamental to enhancing my creativity.

    Most of the world is daylight-oriented, though, so especially in the U.S. and Europe there’s a concern for us night owls about not having a “normal life.” (Otherwise we’d have Moonlight Savings Time!)

    It could be a culture thing, though — I don’t mean culture vis-a-vis ethnicity but the fact that I’m naturally drawn to the more exotic and macabre things in art, music, and books — even TV, movies, and online. I’d rather read Poe than Pollyanna, if that’s any indication. There’s just something forbidden and unknown about what goes on in the dark, and I don’t mean to sound like some Halloween/goth fanatic, but since the industrialized, mundane workaday world operates basically from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., no wonder it’s not until after midnight when your friendly neighborhood Cousin Itt can let it all hang down! ^_^

  • Joshua Issac

    Why have a cut-off time? If you’re productive at night, don’t sleep then. That’s what lectures are for!

  • Andreea

    I’m a night owl and i’m grateful for this article, now i know that it’s time for a good  change up. Thx!

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  • Dale Rego

    I worked at swing shift positions most of my earlier years in life, reading this article helped me to step outside of guilt for not being an early riser.

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  • Ml1361

    I am the quintessential night owl.  I have my own business now and work similar hours to what you describe.  When I worked a 9-5 job, my boss would often send me work called ‘this is an 8 PMer’ – basically crafting memos and emails telling people to mind their own business and bugger off, we’re doing fine – in a nice way, where they didn’t realize they’d been told off for a few days!  This would take me 30 minutes at 8 PM or I could spend hours on it in the morning/afternoon.  My mind just works better in the evening.

  • Maverick Juanico

    This article really works for me. I’m glad to have seen something like this.

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  • Jason Xiao

    Great post. This should be a good reminder for everyone that procrastination doesn’t always have to be negative. As long as we do it for a better result and benefits our routine, it’s great for everyone.

  • Slothth

    I stay up to about 7:00 – 8:00 am i cant stop it :(

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  • Math_test

     I’m a very similar case , except my best sleeping time is about 4 am , wake up at 11 am , refreshed and energized – If i mess this up – even if i get 8 hours of sleep , it is just rubbish and i wake up tired and the day is wasted..
    besides very late sleep , the only other thing that work for me is segmented sleep – in 2 shots 1-4 am , and 5-8.30 and wow I’m even more refreshed and ready for a full day – any other typical sleeping routine and i’m useless and miserable – so it is very real that some people cannot live with the typical sleeping pattern !

  • rocklesson86

     I am night person I have been since I was kid. My family feels there is something wrong with because I stay up until 4 or 5am or sometimes even until 7am. I feel mind is so awake during the night. I tried to force myself to go bed early and 2 hours later I was still awake. If I am tired I will go to bed. I don’t why people continue to shame night owls. We are not lazy people. We just happen to work on a different schedule than other people.

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  • Hani54

    Being a night owl can have its advantages. The kids are asleep!

  • Ollie

    I’ve only just realised but when I stay up, my school work feels much easier and I complete it to a much higher level! I do need a lot, I mean 10hours +, so I still need to go to bed early on school nights… tragic!

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  • blaire

    Wow! Great post. I am going to try scheduling around my energy cycle. I peak in the mornings and get sleepy around 9:00 P.M. With three toddlers I feel like I always have more work to do, so I have been staying up late at night and working on the computer trying to get it done. I am going to try getting up at 6:00 A.M. this week and working while they are still asleep to see if this works better. Whenever I am feeling like I need an energy boost I will smell or diffuse an essential oil. I really like using Lemon Essential Oil because of its energizing properties. I feel like it awakens my brain! It has uplifting and anti-depressent properties as well.

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  • Abdulkareem Alyousif

    Are these advices fit everyone? What if my work schedule starts at 8.00 and ends at 5.00. I believe they fit freelancers mostly.

  • bananacoconut

    Thanks.

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  • Vandy

    Glad to read this article. Make me feel so happy knowing that there are so many people like me :)

  • Aton Maiti

    my whole life, all the good work happens between 1am and 9am.

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