Are You a Lion or a Wolf? Design your Workweek to match your personality.

Are You a Lion or a Wolf? Design your Workweek to match your personality.

lionorwolf“The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”

While dozens—or maybe even hundreds—of articles and books have been written espousing the merits of “early to bed, early to rise,” the facts are actually much more complicated—as the second mouse certainly knows.

Not only do we all operate on our own internal schedule, feeling energized and awake during certain hours, and sleepy and unfocused during others, but it turns out that trying to fight that personal schedule can actually be detrimental to your business.

It’s critical to your success to realize that this is your business and your life, and you get to run it in a way that makes the most sense to you—and that includes your daily schedule.

But it goes beyond recognizing if you’re an early bird or a night owl. In fact, one researcher, Michael Breus, PhD) claims there are actually four “chronotypes:”

·     Lion—the classic early riser

·     Wolf—the night owl

·     Bear—your sleep schedule varies

·     Dolphin—sleep? Who can sleep?

According to Dr. Breus, not only are the chronotypes linked to your personality traits but knowing your chronotype allows you to arrange your schedule for maximum productivity and effectiveness.

For example, if you’re a lion, it’s best to schedule your must-do tasks first thing in the morning, since that’s when you’ll be most productive. You also are likely an introvert, so while you realize social activities are necessary for networking, you’re definitely the first to leave the party.

Wolves, on the other hand, only really get going several hours after waking, and do their best creative work long after the lions have retired for the night. If you’re a wolf, you know to never schedule meetings first thing in the morning, and look for business partners and outsourcers who share your night-owl tendencies if it’s important for you to communicate in real time.

With your chronotype and personal preferences in mind, create a schedule that makes the best use of your creative and productive times.

Find Your Chronotype by taking the quick quiz here and design your ideal work week that