My night self has often stayed awake writing down amazing ideas and plans for the next day. I’ve lain awake with big ideas and great plans! Only to wake up the next morning exhausted from lack of sleep and no enthusiasm whatsoever for the scribbled notes from some middle-of-the-night maniac who thought I was going to be superwoman in the morning.
Other things my night self has done that has pissed off my morning self was staying up way past midnight watching Star Trek! I’m binge watching the series on Netflix and sometimes my night self gets away with a lot.
My night self used to eat junk food in the evening while watching television. This sucked for me in the morning. I had a headache, slept in, and was grouchy.
No, I don’t have a split personality. I just generally lack discipline the later it gets. (I once had a theory that later I stay up, the farther away tomorrow is.) So, I’ve had to force myself to get very strict about a bedtime. I find that I feel much healthier in the morning and sleep better if I go to bed around 10pm.
Now, there are still some nights when I’m working on a project for a client—when I’m freelancing, I turn into a major workaholic—that I stay up until the project is finished, whether that’s midnight or 3 or 4 a.m.; I just hate the feeling of leaving something unfinished.
My night self has a lot more self-control now and I get up early, often at 5 a.m., but 7 a.m. at the latest, so by evening, my night self is ready for bed! I exercise my brain fully in the daytime so there is nothing left over for my night self! I don’t get great ideas in the middle of the night hardly at all now; now I get them early in the morning as I’m getting up and I have a brain dump section in my notebook specifically for those ideas.
I’m also finding that my ideas in the morning are far better than most of the ideas I’d had in the night.
So there, take THAT, Night self!