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The Sleep, Gym, Work Conundrum

This is my predicament:

If I go to the gym at night, there’s a good chance I hit the creative zone after I come home and I can go full steam until 3 or 4. (I guess it’s the endorphins?). Of course, waking up the next morning becomes a definite challenge – I either bite the bullet and live tired for a few days.

You would think switching to morning gym would solve that problem and put me in the zone right in time for the day to start – but instead, I get antsy and don’t really hit my stride until the evening.

If I go to bed before midnight, I can wake up with enough motivation to get in the zone after some coffee – but I find I don’t work with anywhere near the amount of speed or energy that I do in my night sessions, and by the time the afternoon swings around, I’m ready to hit the gym.

If I’m working out, late night is when I do my best work, but I end up staying up way too late. If I don’t work out, my schedule is normalized a little bit, but I definitely feel the loss on every front and and because I don’t have the energy to push through the late night, I miss my window for the best work.

I’m going to have to figure this one out.

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    Stephanie
    February 23, 2014 at 4:01 am

    To be honest, out of my friends who work in creative industries, I don’t know ANYONE who hits their stride early in the morning. Or even afternoon. And good thing, because I would be intensely jealous and resentful towards that person. 90% of the posts on my blog are done after 12am. I’m also trying to break out of this “work late, sleep late, feel tired” pattern, so let me know if you figure something out!

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