To work in the morning or at night?

I’m chasing Eastern Time for Hubstaff and Sherish, which means in Manila it’s go time at 9 p.m., but on the West Coast I have to be awake and productive at 6 a.m.

Did I mention I’m not a morning person?

The past few weeks I’ve found myself waking up at 6 a.m., struggling to keep my eyes open and then passing out at 7 a.m. after doing all my time-sensitive tasks.

However, when I wake up again around 10 or 11 a.m. I have a nice chunk of work done that I don’t have to worry about anymore. In the Philippines I’m awake and caffeinated by the time the sun rises on the East Coast. However, sometimes I stay up until 3 or 4 a.m. getting work done.

I can’t figure out which scenario I like better, so I put together this list. Help me add to it if you have some time to comment :)

Working early in the morning

Pros

  • I get a lot of stuff done
  • I don’t have to rush at the end of the day
  • More time in the afternoon and evening to explore and hang out
  • Sunlight makes me more productive
  • I seem to be generally the most productive 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cons

  • I am SO not a morning person
  • I have to put ice on my eye lids to make myself wake up (pro tip)
  • I drink two extra cups of coffee a day

Working in the evenings

Pros

  • I can sleep in
  • I’m not working while groggy
  • In Manila, the Internet is typically faster in the middle of the night
  • I’m used to staying up late, so on weekends out with friends I don’t pass out by 2 a.m.

Cons

  • I’m thinking about work all day
  • My sleeping schedule gets flipped occasionally
  • It’s less healthy

What do you think?