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Being a “morning person” can set the tone for the rest of your day

There has always been a lot of discussion about morning vs night person; habits of effective people; hitting the ground running, etc.

No doubt there may be something to that. Sophisticated scientific studies by leading psychologists have examined this phenomenon very closely and found many interesting conclusions.

According to the BBC, “Research shows that morning versus evening types show a classic left-brain versus right-brain division: more analytical and cooperative versus more imaginative and individualistic.” Of course, the report goes on to say that most people are little bit of both – morning and night.

Many experts claim that starting your day strong creates momentum that can determine how your entire day goes. That’s as good as it goes. The BBC report also states trying to change from a night person to a morning person may not be a good tactic, “Overhauling your sleep times may not have much effect” on your performance.

For most people change comes gradually. One technique for speeding up the process is called “habit stacking” where you take one habit that you already have and try to attach something else to it.

For example, if you want to get into the habit of checking your LinkedIn account more frequently, you might try attaching it to something that you regularly do, such as checking your email. Every time you finish checking your email, check your LinkedIn account as well.

At the end of the day (no pun intended), you are what you are. Reports show that our circadian rhythms are 47 percent inherited.


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