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Flip-Flop: Are You A Night Or Day Person?

03/05/2015

“Our emotions are only ”incidents in the effort to keep day and night together.”  T.S. Eliot

Flip-Flop: Are You A Night Or Day Person? - Day & Night Collage

Flip-Flop: Are You A Night Or Day Person? – Day & Night Collage

Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking and loving and dreaming.
At night everything is more intense, more true.
The echo of words that have been spoken during the day, take on a new and deeper meaning. Elie Wiesel

I’ve always seen myself as a night person; as some would have it, a night owl.  Over the years, that has changed. As a child, I disliked the day time because it meant I had to get up and start the school day. On weekends, it didn’t matter because we could sleep in. I enjoyed night time and the quiet it brought to my surroundings. I liked the stillness and that feeling stayed with me for many years.

“To dream by night is to escape your life. To dream, by day is to make it happen.” Stephen Richards

Flip-Flop: Are You A Night Or Day Person? - Yosemite at day & Nile River at night

Flip-Flop: Are You A Night Or Day Person? – Yosemite at day & Nile River at night

Do not spend the day in getting flowers by the way side, lest the night come upon you before you arrive at your journey’s end, and then you will not reach it. Isaac Watts

As time went by, I found that in order to get things done, I needed to get up in the morning and follow those early birds to finish up the day.  In college, I got to choose my classes so no surprise that I chose late classes and enjoyed the extra morning time. If I had a morning class, I would take it and wonder how others could be so alert at 8 am. What about you?

“For every dark night, there’s a brighter day.” Tupac Shakur

Flip-Flop: Are You A Night Or Day Person? - Nott & Dagr collage

Flip-Flop: Are You A Night Or Day Person? – Nott & Dagr collage

It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light, it scattered the night and made the day worth living. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Several years ago, I found myself enjoying the early morning hours more and gradually switched over to being an early bird. I don’t know what the genesis of the change was but I can say I like it. Not 100% but I start my day earlier and get stuff done. I do flip flop over whether I’m an early bird or a night owl, but it doesn’t matter. What really matters is that I start and end my day feeling grateful for what I have and leaving the regrets for another day. Do you rise early or late? Do you retire to bed early or late? Do you know why?

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“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” Edgar Allan Poe

Flip-Flop: Are You A Night Or Day Person? - Nott & Dagr collage

Flip-Flop: Are You A Night Or Day Person? – Night and Day collage

We like the rain if the sun comes out after it; we like night if the day comes after it; we like everything conditionally! We are conditional people. Mehmet Murat IIdan

I was pondering the flip flop nature of human behavior, when I came across Mehmet’s quote. I had to smile because he is quite right. We vacillate over things and choose them when they benefit us…  I still love what night hass to offer , but the day holds its magic too… Which will I choose? Neither. I’m happy to have the option to experience both. What about you?

Stay Inspired, have a great month of May and thank you for stopping by!

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Flip Flop  Think of a topic or issue about which you’ve switched your opinion. Why the change?

Positive Motivation Tip:  Day or night, night or day, use your time wisely.

More Wellness Boosters/Affirmations & Resources

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: Flip Flops, Nott,  Dagr, Nile River at night, Yosemite in the day, via Wikipedia, and/or my personal collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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61 Comments leave one →
  1. Michele permalink
    03/05/2015 3:51 pm

    When I was young I was a definite night person–then for reasons unknown to me I became a day person——

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  2. thelesleyshow permalink
    03/05/2015 4:05 pm

    I like the mornings because I can get a lot done. I love night time because I can sit back and relax.

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  3. Ronnie Epstein permalink
    03/05/2015 4:10 pm

    Love the idea of the flip flop! I may follow through and create one of my own. 🙂 I too am a night person but never changed that & have no plans to! I’m most productive at night.

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  4. Carol Loves to Travel permalink
    03/05/2015 4:42 pm

    I am a early bird by necessity, since my work day as a nurse starts at 6:30 am and ends at 7pm. A lot of night shift nurses I work with that really do thrive on working nights, some find it very difficult, while others can flip-flop fairly easily. I don’t know how they do it, but I need to get to bed early so I can get up early, stay sane and be productive.

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  5. savingcmncents permalink
    03/05/2015 7:36 pm

    I’m definitely more of a night owl. I do like getting up early and having that quiet time before the kids start that day and sunrises are beautiful, but like you said, I’ve always been drawn to the stillness and beauty of night. I like that I’m up and doing while others are slumbering! lol

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  6. upliftingfam permalink
    03/05/2015 7:55 pm

    I have always been a night owl. Now that I have Fibromyalgia it takes me longer to warm up in the mornings.

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  7. Debbie Denny permalink
    03/05/2015 8:21 pm

    Nice post. I am a combination myself.

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  8. June Warren C. Bordas permalink
    03/05/2015 8:22 pm

    A very nice piece of information. Thanks for imparting us with such inspirational words of wisdom.

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  9. HopscotchNJellybeans permalink
    03/05/2015 9:57 pm

    I think I am becoming more of a night and morning person LOL I need to get on a better sleeping pattern. LOL I feel I am more productive in the night

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  10. 04/05/2015 12:07 am

    What time of day were you born? I was born early in the morning and have been a morning person ever since!

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  11. 04/05/2015 12:28 am

    I appreciated the quote from Mehmet. I have been living many years in the Northern hemisphere and grew to love the more dramatic change in seasons there. Now that I am on the other side of the world for a year, I keep finding myself frustrated with the ‘flip-flop’ of the weather within supposed ‘seasons’. I’m realising how much I appreciate the variety the northern climates afford.

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  12. Maria Morais Sarmento permalink
    04/05/2015 3:26 am

    I really am a day person! I like to get up early and do my things fast and smooth, and always seem to be encouraging others to hurry up…unfortunately without much success!!! 😉

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  13. toughcookiemommy permalink
    04/05/2015 3:42 am

    I’ve never been a morning person and I’ve always enjoyed staying up late. I guess this makes me a night person.

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  14. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    04/05/2015 6:35 am

    I am bothm I can stay up so late but still gunction great during the day.

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  15. Home Life Abroad (@HomeLifeAbroad) permalink
    04/05/2015 8:36 am

    I really like to sleep in when possible, but I also like to start the day early and get the things done, so I have more free time in the evening. Sometimes I prefer to stay up late and do my things when everyone is at sleep and the house quiet.

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  16. zatomlinson permalink
    04/05/2015 9:51 am

    I am definitely a night person. I hate mornings or waking up for that matter lol. I have done my share of flip-flopping. I used to get up early and stay up cleaning but as the years have gone by I am back to being a night owl. I love your quotes, especially Tupacs!

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  17. Ayesha Serrato permalink
    04/05/2015 12:30 pm

    Love the quote of Stephen Richards. I am not a morning person and I am more active at night especially when working (online jobs). I can’t concentrate at work when I start it very early in the morning and you can’t talk to me properly at morning too haha. It’s true that we can do a lot of things when we start it early but for me maybe it depends on what to do, where to go and so on.

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  18. Betsy Barnes permalink
    04/05/2015 2:36 pm

    I like the night. I always have, probably because growing up, we did a lot of family things at night, celebrations, game nights and eating around the table. 🙂

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  19. Betsy Barnes permalink
    04/05/2015 2:37 pm

    I like nights. I always have, probably from growing up, we did a lot of family things at night, celebrations, game nights and eating together around the table 🙂

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  20. Michelle hwee permalink
    04/05/2015 8:46 pm

    I think that I am actually a night person most of the time. This was quite interesting to read. Thanks!!

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  21. 05/05/2015 12:33 am

    I’m with you on this one, I like what both have to offer. We are definitely conditional though, with so many things!

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  22. Tiffany Yong permalink
    06/05/2015 10:03 am

    Hahaha, I have the same problem! It’s 1am here now and I often sleep at 2/3am! In contrary, I try to arrange my lessons in the morning (last time) so that I will be forced to get up and have the rest of the day to do stuff… I need some form of motivation usually!

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  23. kelseyapley permalink
    06/05/2015 1:05 pm

    I am a person who is more day, but being pregnant I find I am up at nights sometimes so I think I am a good mix at the moment!

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  24. FX777 Classified Articles permalink
    06/05/2015 2:41 pm

    Throughout my life, I experienced morning and evening sides in working my trade. It’s been a while that I liked the evening time better than morning. Fernando Lachica

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  25. Sumi Go | The Purple Doll permalink
    06/05/2015 6:35 pm

    I’ve always been a night person as long as I can remember. I find that I work more effectively when it’s at a later time of the day. However, I definitely treasure my mornings. I find it refreshing to just enjoy early mornings and have a nice, long breakfast. 🙂

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  26. lee rosales permalink
    06/05/2015 7:25 pm

    I learned to be both when i had a child, lol. Mom’s will have sleepless nights. In the morning you still have to attend your kids and whole family’s needs

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  27. Kylie permalink
    06/05/2015 8:34 pm

    I prefer to sleep at night.. So, always consider myself as day person!

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  28. Mia Foo permalink
    06/05/2015 10:18 pm

    I have no preference for day or night, as long as I can get things done smoothly and enjoy my time happily. But perhaps, a little more liking for the night because, at least the unforgiving sun isn’t around to attempt to grill me alive.

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  29. Prayerfull Mum permalink
    06/05/2015 10:39 pm

    I’m a night owl but I need to be up early because of my preschooler. So, I do my best to have a good balance these days. If I stay up late at night, it’s due to spending time with my husband (either to watch a show or play some board games together).

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  30. 07/05/2015 3:17 am

    Erm~~~ I am both. Sometimes I sleep early but sometimes late~ Huh?! Any category in between?

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  31. sriches permalink
    07/05/2015 3:46 am

    I used to think of myself as a day AND night person, however recently I have noticed I am going to bed earlier than normal… I am going to say a day person, to be on the safe side! 😉

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  32. 07/05/2015 3:49 am

    I think I am between night and day as I don’t start my day early and go appreciate things in the mid afternoon. I prefer to be at home at night compared to parties.

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  33. Anne V permalink
    07/05/2015 5:53 am

    I’m more of a night person, but I don’t know if I agree with Elie Wiesel about the night being purer or more true. I am in the process of converting into a morning person which is better for my health. Sleep at night does wonders to one’s brain, sleeping in the morning cannot compare. Goodluck to me on making the change! Haha.

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  34. yuhjiun permalink
    07/05/2015 6:12 am

    I’m a night person definitely! I just couldn’t wake up early in the morning :/

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  35. poojakawatra permalink
    07/05/2015 7:33 am

    Well .. Only free time I get is at night after kids have slept !! All the while I love enjoy sleeping late in the morning but after my kids started with school I have become a morning person otherwise you will find the work is never ending and everythjng is left here and there. If you are an early riser you get enough of the day I really mean a long day.

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  36. Nicol Wong (@yuk_lui) permalink
    07/05/2015 10:32 am

    im a night person! I’m always more productive at night and always have been :/ but it does feel like I’m wasting my day too

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  37. Masshole Mommy permalink
    07/05/2015 3:59 pm

    I am a day/morning person. I love to sleep at night and always go to bed early!

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  38. Christy Maurer permalink
    07/05/2015 6:02 pm

    I am much more of a night person. I feel like I can’t get anything done until like 3 in the afternoon! I wish I were a morning person though.

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  39. Liz Mays permalink
    07/05/2015 8:15 pm

    I used to be a day person, but honestly, I think I’ve turned into a night person. I get a lot more done quicker at night for some reason.

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  40. Sunshine Kelly permalink
    07/05/2015 9:21 pm

    I am a day person, I have more ideas and inspiration during the day than night. I guess as age catching up i need my 8 hours sleep.

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  41. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    07/05/2015 10:49 pm

    For every dark night, there’s a brighter day. I truly agree with this quote. When I was younger I used to be a day person, but when I go full time with my writing works then doing it at night is the best time for me.

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  42. Manu Kalia permalink
    07/05/2015 11:10 pm

    As of now I usually work at night, but in my long term I’m planning in waking early and do the work on day time. Glad you shared this one.

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  43. Jason Panuelos permalink
    08/05/2015 1:22 am

    What a lovely way to look at the different types of people in the world. As for me, I’m definitely a morning person. Haha!

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  44. Rebel Sweetheart permalink
    08/05/2015 5:43 am

    I’m a night person. I work better at night when my son is already asleep. 🙂

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  45. Fred permalink
    08/05/2015 6:00 am

    I used to be a day person who wakes up early to do my stuff. However, ever since I had stepped up on my blogging, I sleep later and later. Not too good? Maybe? Hehe. – Fred

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  46. Brandy M permalink
    08/05/2015 9:05 am

    I used to be night person but work and kiddos have turned me into a morning person. I still rather be up at night, but I do like that I get all my stuff done in the morning! It gives me the rest of the day to do what I want!

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  47. May DeJesus-Palacpac (@MayPalacpac) permalink
    08/05/2015 9:36 am

    I think it’s normal for people to like scheduling their day later and as we get older, we start seeing the wisdom of getting up early..heehee. Right now, I like getting all my tasks done as early as possible so I can have the rest of the day free. 🙂

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  48. Stephanie Pass permalink
    08/05/2015 4:30 pm

    I’m definitely a night owl, and it seems to be genetic. My mom and grandma were the same way, and all my kids. However, I have been determined to get my youngest on a daytime schedule, which has put me on one, too. I’ve found myself naturally becoming more of a morning person now.

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  49. Loudthinkin permalink
    08/05/2015 11:55 pm

    Throughout my college life I have been a night owl cause it was the best time to study, without being disturbed and with full concentration. However, now I prefer to wake up early and make use of the mornings and the freshness that it brings with it.

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  50. Raymond Vasquez permalink
    09/05/2015 7:20 pm

    I am a night person. I accomplish a lot when the world is asleep and I have all the silence in the world, with my music on. 😀

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  51. Cebuana Mom permalink
    10/05/2015 4:56 pm

    It depends on what I actually do. I have to say I’m flexible enough to be a combination of both 🙂

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  52. phyliciamarie permalink
    12/05/2015 12:43 am

    I was the same back in college! I always wondered how people could look so perky at 7am in the morning, while I preferred the afternoon. Like you, I also realized that we have to really seize the day to get things done.

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  53. lisa permalink
    12/05/2015 4:56 am

    I’m totally a night person! I wish I was a morning one though!

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