The age-old adage is early to bed and early to rise. Celebrities and CEOs do it. You’ll be healthier and happier. You’ll feel in control of your life.
But despite the deluge of such stories, waking up at an ungodly hour isn’t some sort of magic productivity hack that will solve your time-management problems. For some, it can even be counterproductive.
The trick is finding a routine that fits your situation, according to a BBC.com feature.
What are the benefits of getting up early?
There can be lots – at least, according to all the people who get up at daybreak.
Many people cite fewer distractions during the early hours: kids or anyone else in your home are probably still asleep, for example, and you’ll probably be receiving fewer texts or emails at that time. Studies have also suggested early rising and success might be linked.
But getting up early isn't for everyone.
There’s been lots of research about how some people are biologically more likely to feel more alert in the morning, while others are at their best at night. You might be more alert and have better cognitive ability in the afternoon, for instance.
So, if you don’t naturally feel alert in the morning but decide to wake up early anyway, you might be sabotaging your actual peak performance times.
What should you do?
Experts say to experiment. Don’t listen to vocal thought-leaders or LinkedIn influencers – figure out what works best for you. And, hey, maybe that does mean waking up super early after all.
Pay attention to when you feel most tired and most awake. When on holiday, make a note of the times you fall asleep and wake up naturally. Try to sync your schedule to those times.
When it comes to the workplace, experts suggest an approach that accommodates everyone’s habits to bring out the best in them.
Don't wake up early just to get on the early-riser bandwagon.