Because the Night

Are you a night owl or are you the early bird? What’s your most productive time of day? When do you do your best work?

At this stage in life, I’m totally not sure, as it flips either ways. I work best when I put my mind into something which is regardless of the hour of the day

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Why night owls are cleverer and richer than people who rise early

ImageThis is a research from 2009 which I came across today via a friend.

It has long been held that the early bird catches the worm. But it is the night owl that lasts the distance, research shows.

It found that late risers tire less quickly than those who make a point of getting up at the crack of dawn.

The study is likely to be embraced by anyone tired of being branded lazy for their love of a lie-in.

Well, being a person of the night myself, I like to associate myself more with bats than owls. Yes, you know now, I’m Batman.

The early bird catches the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Early bird, or night owl?

I remember writing for this exact question before but can’t seem to find it. Regardless I’m mostly a night owl, but why mostly and not declaring myself completely one is because I do get up early many times (even with hardly any sleep). So I come in both categories I guess, but practically don’t we all?

Besides I heard this brilliant quote recently:

The early bird catches the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.

ImageI later found out there’s a book of that name, and I might read it sometime soon. Coming to what I said, the quote cleverly attributes that while it’s good to start early for success, sometimes ‘misfortune’ (something which I still question) can lead to undesirable outcomes. The second part of the quote in a way mentions how procrastination in fact, can lead oneself from being saved for better results in the future. Like the first mouse could be killed/trapped and the second can learn from what happened to the first. And/or claim the cheese as a reward for itself, as the trapped only worked and won’t again. But what if the cheese is rat poisoned? Then in that case even the 2nd mouse is doomed despite learning of what befell the first if it went on to take it.

So you see it all comes down to the situation at hand. I find it naive to call myself or someone else a night owl (many accused me of being a dog or well, an asshole but this is something strange I say) or someone else for that matter, who stays awake more than others or late hours mostly. That’s something I can stop doing , something purely my own decision, but today won’t be that day, nor will it be tomorrow. Okay, that was a quote by Batman, and I’d rather be called Batman than a lame owl. I like owls more than bats though. Oh well.