Monday, July 2, 2018

Early Bird or Night Owl

“The Early Bird catches the worm.” This 17th century Proverb our mothers and grandmothers quoted still rings true today. Being early brings a person numerous benefits.

Some movie theaters and restaurants offer discounts in the form of “Early Bird Specials.” Throughout my career years, I’ve been lucky enough to have prices knocked down for early registration at conferences and hotels.

Athletes, artists, writers, CEOs, and many folks considered to be successful take advantage of the early morning hours. It gives them more time during the day when their energy, motivation, and creative levels are high. They’re able to complete projects and tasks, which leads to feelings of accomplishment and greater success.

For me, early morning is often when a solution to a problem or an answer to a question appears. In that drowsing time, my eyes may snap open and I have to get to my computer or grab a paper and pencil and jot down my ideas. Sometimes a poem or a story comes to me—or even a blog post. 

Then there are those folks whose bodies and brains don't kick into high gear until late evening. That's when they become most productive and do their best work. I have friends and family members in the "night owl" category. They accomplish just as much in their peak time as early folks do. One is not better than the other, just different.

Poetry Prompt:   "Early Bird" or "Night Owl" Which are you? How has being one or the other made an impact on your life or work? What are the advantages or disadvantages of punctuality, earliness, or tardiness?

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Photo by Annis Cassells 2017  

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Annis Cassells is a writer, poet, life coach, and teacher.  She divides her time between Bakersfield, California and Coos Bay, Oregon, where she conducts memoir writing classes for senior adults. She is a member of Writers of Kern, a branch of the California Writers Club. See Annis’s blogs at and and her website at