Your tutors and peers will tell you to maintain a healthy work schedule filled with plenty of breaks, based around starting early and finishing at a reasonable time. But for most students, that type of conventional work structure doesn’t fit with a culture of creativity, or a varied and busy lifestyle.
Creativity ebbs and flows. It can come in vast waves causing hyper-focus resulting in hyper-efficiency. But it can also drop and morale can drop with it. These natural variations result in times when 9AM isn’t the best time to start working. Perhaps you’re also working part-time towards your career, as a volunteer to gain experience or at a local pub to bring in some extra cash for the sponge of funds that is London. This means a non-conventional work structure may be more suitable.
Sometimes you’ll want to work right through the night because you feel focused and relaxed. It makes sense. No one can bug you at night. Your housemates will be asleep so it will be quiet enough for you to focus without headphones in. Your phone won’t be buzzing all the time, it won’t be sunny out and nothing will be open, meaning there are fewer distractions and procrastinations.
Sometimes, an all-nighter occurs because you have no choice. You’ve eaten up all the hours in the day (hopefully working) and you need every minute possible to complete your project on time. Now, no one is advocating leaving everything to the last minute. But an all-nighter can solve this problem. If you don’t have enough time in the day, work at night too. It’s pretty simple really.
There is a peace to working at night that you just don’t get in the day. The hustle and bustle of life is halted - your schedule is orientated around daytime hours, leaving you space to breath and work without as much pressure. All-nighters can also be preventative. Sometimes all you need is one solid night of work and you’re right back on schedule.
All-nighters are wrongly frowned upon. All-nighters are commonly misunderstood. They’re seen as the last resort when they can be an effective way of completing your work in a peaceful space in time. So think again before you disregard all-nighters.