Following the Solar Clock

Time is a heavily discussed matter. How should you manage your time? When should you wake up? When should you workout? When should you go to work? And, when should you go to sleep? These are all good questions, but naturally, nature has the answer.

The solar clock, or the circadian rhythm, is the natural way to manage your time. All living beings have this daily rhythm implanted in their natural way of living. Trees and plants, animals, bugs, birds, and yes, humans. It's the way that you would live your life if you didn't have a clock at all. It's the way that birds know when to start singing and when to stay quiet. It's the way that the bear knows when to hunt for food and when to go to bed.

Fun fact: It's scientifically-proven that trees and plants go to sleep too. As the night falls, trees relax their branches and leaves. Branches and leaves fall during the night and rise during the day. Some plants even close their flowers at nighttime.

Following the rhythm of the Sun and the Moon gives you a natural way of living. Likewise, following the rhythm of the seasons gives you the agenda for the day.

Solar Day

Full Day (24H): sunset to sunset Night (Moon): sunset to sunrise Day (Sun): sunrise to sunset

Your solar day is naturally dependent on your location and the current season. The lengths of day and night changes every day and slowly transitions during spring and fall between longer nights to longer days, and vice versa.

Seasons: Summer and Winter Transition Periods: Spring and Fall

Naturally, the days are longer during Summer, and the nights longer during Winter. This speaks to the purpose of each season.

Summer: being active, living outside, rolling in the grass, exploring nature, going to the beach, long warm evenings, fruity and fresh foods Winter: going deep, living inside, being creative, lightning candles, reading books, sitting by the fireplace, cuddling up in a blanket, eating warm and thick or filling foods

During Summer, you have more time for activities outside. During Winter, you have more time for activities inside.

Naturalist Solar Day

Timeline of a Solar Day

0% – Beginning of Sunrise: Wake-up 5% – End of Sunrise: Clean your body and mind (e.g., shower, meditation)

10%: Eat breakfast

15%: Focused work (e.g., writing, paperwork, reading to learn and factual reading, heavy tasks) 25%: Focused productivity is at 100%

45% – Before Sun Peak: Eat lunch

50% – Sun Peak: Second half of the day begins

55% – After Sun Peak: Best coordination and reaction time (e.g., organizing things, meetings, being creative, thinking big thoughts, doing things with your hands, light tasks) 75%: Cardiovascular efficiency and muscle strength (e.g., workouts, running, lifting weights, doing yoga)

80%: Eat dinner

90% – Beginning of Sunset: Melatonin is released and you start to feel sleepy (e.g., relaxed conversations, reading a book, painting, drawing, coloring books, candle lights) 95% – End of Sunset: Relaxed activities, meditation, and going to bed. 100% – Night: Sleep

Following the Solar Clock gives you the natural schedule in your life. Time management is already in nature and we've been following it since the beginning of time. It's the most natural way of planning your day and will help you feel at peace and in-sync with nature.