You Don’t Have To Be A Morning Person To Be Successful

Back when I was living and working in London, I lived for the Wednesday morning grab of a Stylist magazine as I hopped on the tube. The journey provided me with just enough time to read it from cover to cover, skipping over the boring bits (hello travel sections and interviews with celebrities you’ve never heard of) in favour of beauty inspo and well researched cultural articles that left me pondering; one of my favourite bits was the ‘My 9 To 5’ interview, which featured real women achieving great things and sharing their stories of success. Although I loved finding out what they had to say (and how random their ‘Plan B’ career choice was,) one consistent element of their daily routine used to wind me the hell up: how every single blummin woman would claim to get up at 5.30am and fit in a yoga class before they got the kids up for school and headed in to the office to check emails before anyone else was at their desk.

F*ck that mate. Women are under enough pressure to juggle a million things at once, achieve as much as possible in their career, fill their uterus with as many small fleshy people as they can pop out and still have the time to look like their hair is freshly coloured and their nails painted the shade of the season. We don’t need constant pressure to fit even more in at the expense of our sleep, or to feel vilified for not being a morning person.

I’ve always loved my sleep and I’ve never particularly enjoyed the first few hours of the day; I’d much prefer to stumble out of bed at nine-ish than I would be on the 7.07am train into London. I find it often a struggle to get myself up and ready in the mornings, and I’ll do everything I can to ensure I have just a few extra moments lingering between the sheets – which is why I’m often running late or in a last minute panic to get out the door. I find my flow around mid-morning and could easily work until late at night, but I have so much guilt at the fact I’m not up at six making myself a green smoothie and hitting the treadmill; I’m more likely to be scrolling Instagram or on my second cup of coffee instead, but that’s what works for me.

Over the years I’ve read so many books written by successful women, read so many interviews with celebrities who are smashing it, and generally been exposed to every blogger and their bestie showing me how the secret to success is simply getting out of bed. But you know what? It’s really not. The secret to success is having belief in yourself, dedication and a desire to make things happen – no matter what time you arise from your silk pillowcase. It’s about having passion for something that makes getting out of bed everyday seem worthwhile, or a vision that keeps you at your laptop until the middle of the night because you’ve got so many ideas spinning around. You really don’t need to be a morning person to be able to whizz through your to-do list or find yourself bashing out five posts in a single day, in the same way you can be a grump before you’ve had your third coffee and no good in a meeting until at least 11am. Different courses for different horses and all that.

I for one am sick and tired of hearing that I need to get up an hour earlier to fit more things into my day, because I know that just means I’m ready for bed by 9pm. It’s lazy advice, not suited to everybody and is just encouraging us all to juggle even more at the expense of our own wellbeing.

It’s time us mid-morning bloomers were celebrated in the same way, because I tell you what: as soon as the sun goes down and you morning people are starting to snooze, that’s when we really hit our stride.


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  1. Anonymous
    July 12, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    LOVE THIS!!! I’m simply terrible at mornings and sick and tired of being made to feel inept and lazy because of it!

    • Hayley Hall
      July 13, 2018 / 1:48 pm

      I get judged by the postman for still being in my PJs at 10am – but he doesn't see me still working at 10pm! Each to their own schedules eh!

  2. alisue
    July 12, 2018 / 10:59 pm

    Thank you for making us night owls not feel so bad – in fact I’m now going to stop apologising for what is after all just my natural bio rhythms and yes it’s never prevented me from a full days work – just that my day often ends when some peeps are just getting up!!!!

    • Hayley Hall
      July 13, 2018 / 1:48 pm

      Exactly – we just run at different times, but are no less committed or successful.

  3. Vivian Yuen
    July 13, 2018 / 5:56 am

    yesss, keeping it so real! I'd choose 9am starts any day~ Vivian | LIVE IN LOVEIG | @viviyunn_~

    • Hayley Hall
      July 13, 2018 / 1:50 pm

      Me too mate, me too – right now though the light is waking me up at 530am and I'm always knackered because of it!

  4. LoveAnna
    July 13, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    My alarm goes off at 5.30am as it is and I'm on my feet for 12 hours so I read such articles for laughs. It takes me twice as long to do my morning meds round because I take extra care over it due to not-quite-awake eyes! I generally become more alert about 10am – just in time for my breakfast break ?

    • Hayley Hall
      July 16, 2018 / 7:47 am

      I really feel for you! If I get up that early I utterly crash about 3pm!

  5. Erin Russell
    July 13, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    I love this, I am SO not productive in the morning, I am hopeless. I can barely get myself dressed never mind actually get work done! Now is my best time lol (22.30) Erin || MakeErinOver

    • Hayley Hall
      July 16, 2018 / 7:49 am

      I feel ya 😉 I peak about midday I think and can keep going well into the evening, over early rising any time.

  6. Danielle Alexa
    July 14, 2018 / 4:59 pm

    I feel like I don't wake up until around 2pm. Most days I might not wake up throughout the whole day!Danielle xx

  7. HazelxJoy
    July 16, 2018 / 7:57 am

    Amen. I get up reasonably early but I don't hit the ground running. I'm at my best at around 10am and that's when the good stuff gets done, until then I potter and ponder the day ahead.

  8. Anonymous
    July 16, 2018 / 8:42 am

    Yeah let's here it for the owls! I seem to be surrounded my larks, apart from my husband thank goodness ?. I'm the person who arrives at work at least an hour after everyone else, doesn't hit my stride until 11am and is still wide awake at 11pm. Love this Hayley and your great blog, Helen xxx

  9. Pam Scalfi
    July 16, 2018 / 8:50 am

    I'm a morning person (although I could do with not having to wake up at 5am every day), I love working in the morning and in the afternoon I am at my slowest pace. But that doesnt mean I'm more successful than those who wake up later than me. You get your sleep on girl :)Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  10. Jenny Cole
    July 17, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    Yes! I'm so happy to finally read someone talking about this! I have never been a morning person, and with my health problems I really need my sleep. I struggle to wake up early and always feel so guilty, often being labelled lazy. But once I'm up and awake, I get on with what I need to do, and will often stay up late working/checking e-mails etc. I'm just doing it at a different time to those morning people – it doesn't make what I do any less important. We definitely need to start celebrating our individual differences and understand that we're not all built from the same clay.Jenny

  11. Beatriz
    July 18, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    I am not a morning person, and I find it ridiculous to feel pressured to work in a way I am not comfortable. This is a great read!

  12. Savvy Southern Chic
    July 22, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    Well said! I am not a morning person, but once I'm awake and going, I'm very productive.

  13. Chichi
    August 6, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    Hear hear! You don't need to be a morning person to be successful! And those articles annoy the hell out of me too! It's one of the reasons why I don't aim to have it all or do it all. I've never been a morning person and I love my sleep. I normally wake up around 8 or 9 am and ease myself into the day, instead of forcing myself to wake up early, and I still get stuff done. Not being a morning person doesn't make me lazy. Listening to my body means that I can be productive instead of forcing myself to plough

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