I am always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to get more out of life. While working on the topic of peak time performance, I came across a pretty cool find. I wanted to know what the best performance tips were for morning larks or night owls? It didn’t occur to me that there might be more to it than that. I wonder if we learn binary thinking in school – yes/no, right/wrong, true/false, black/white — or if we are just prone to think that way? What do you think? Are we trained to think this way? For me, I think it is a combination of biology (protect the human at all costs), and environmental conditioning (protect the ego at all costs) that play havoc with our ability to see clearly.
Anyway, back to the point. When do you kick ass and when do you collapse? I found out the answer isn’t quite so…black and white. In fact there is a whole field devoted to this idea. The Power of When is a book that flips binary thinking (morning or evening?) right on its hard head.
The big idea behind it is that all of us have a genetic predisposition to a certain type of chronobiology. Wondering what the heck that is? Chronobiology is a field of biology that examines periodic (cyclic) phenomena in living organisms and their adaptation to solar- and lunar-related rhythms. These cycles are known as biological rhythms. Thank you, Monsieur Google for that definition.
What does chronobiology mean for you? Just the ultimate life hack. What if you knew the best time to meet the love of your life… to get a raise…to eat whatever you want and not get fat… to train… to connect with those you care about?!!
According to the author, Michael Breus, all you have to do is know what type you are, and then shift to the optimum time to do that activity for you in order to get the best result. If you are interested in more, as in a better quality of life experience, this book needs to be in your wheel house for a couple of reasons:
- If his claims are true, how would your quality of life change? Just thinking about it gets me pumped.
- If his claims are true, how much better would your contribution be in every area of your life?
Breus tells us there are four chronotypes: Lion, Bear, Dolphin and Wolf. A brief description of the four are:
Lion – “Morning-oriented driven optimists” who get the job done are medium sleepers.
Dolphin -Highly intelligent perfectionists who are light sleepers.
Wolf -Impulsive creatives with emotional intensity who are late risers.
Bear -Cautious, fun loving and friendly. They are notorious snooze-button pushers. 🙂
I am about a third of the way through the book, and just finished Chapter 5. Let’s just say that the testing has already begun.
Below is the book trailer that explains this innovative idea in a fun, clever way:
If you are impatient and want to know just a few of the tips that will help you get more out of your day, regardless of what your chronotype, then click on this cheat sheet
If you are even a smidge curious, take this 45 second quiz to find out which chronotype you are here.
So I have a question for you? Are you game to try a little experimentation?
I am about to take this challenge head on and modify my schedule based on Dr. Breus’s recommendations. I tested out as a Lion, and true to the description, I lose steam and miss the party in the evening hours. Next week, I will let you know if the good doctor’s prescription made it so I could party with the big boys.
Until next time,
PS If you want to buy the book, you can get it here