I was telling someone about my blog and she asked me how often I intended to update it. My first thought: Mondays through Fridays since those are workdays. But then I stopped myself. If I’m truly living intuitively, should I force myself to set up rules to determine how spontaneous I can be? Intuitive people follow their inner guidance, which could change from day to day. Maybe – like today – I’ll feel like writing on a Saturday. And maybe on Tuesday I’ll feel like reading a book in the park.
Studies have shown that everyone has an internal method of timekeeping and this inner clock controls our Circadian Rhythms or changes in mental and physical activity throughout the day. Some studies suggest that the changes in our personal rhythms affect how efficient we are at different times. For example, if you’re a morning person, you’ll be most efficient if you get your work done early, while afternoon and evening people will be most productive at the end of the day.
9 to 5 might not work for intuitive people
If your third eye is opening, or you are becoming more in tune with your intuition, the 9 to 5 workday might not work for you. The traditional workday might be intuitive for someone whose Circadian Rhythms happen to coincide with it, but for many of us, sticking with a 9 to 5 schedule is like swimming against the tide.
While everyone can’t go into work and demand a different schedule, many employers are open to flexible hours. Also, in the aftermath of the pandemic, employers are looking at the workplace differently. Many will continue to allow employees to work from home or work non-traditional hours, as long as they get the job done. For intuitive people who work best during non-traditional hours, this could be an unexpected gift from the pandemic.
Also, many intuitive people who have been laid off or are now working for themselves as consultants have the ability to consider their ideal work schedule as they consider future opportunities.
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Intuitive Action Item: Spend the next couple of days paying attention to when you have the most energy. Is there a time of day when you feel most alive or have the urge to get things done? That’s your body’s way of telling you it’s ready to work, or it’s up for the challenges and tasks you need it to perform. Likewise, when do you feel sluggish or have the desire to take a nap? Instead of shrugging it off to the fact that you should have gone to bed earlier, think about whether you can instead adjust your day to accommodate your internal time clock.
That will be your first step in acknowledging that when it comes to your life, you really do know best.