Early rise is not a guarantee of high productivity. Here is what you need

Original author: Chris Bailey
One of the greatest productivity myths is this: waking up early in the morning, you increase your productivity.


Getting up early does not increase your own productivity. There is no difference between the socio-economic situation of the “larks” and the “owls” . The real benefit comes from careful planning of your life and work - including the morning routine .

The idea of ​​early lifts is now in vogue: many people dream of becoming a prosperous early bird , having time to drink a cup of coffee, read the news, practice and meditate before the rest of the world awakens. And don’t get me wrong: many people really wake up early every day, they like it and bring benefits.

But here is the problem: studies show that the time of awakening does not affect productivity. There is no difference in the socio-economic status of the early birds and those who like to sleep.

This happens with many recommendations regarding performance, if the concept of changes is much more interesting than the actions that will have to be done in order to implement it.

Everyone likes the idea of ​​training, having a bumpy press, and a raw food diet. But in practice, such changes involve many small daily sacrifices that seem to bring more inconvenience than good.

To achieve major changes, you often need to swim against the tide, fighting the tsunami of tiny habits. Therefore, you should first ask yourself why you need these changes, and then, having decided, carefully consider your actions.

If we talk about the time of awakening, then I have a theory about what really can increase your productivity: careful planning of the rise. There is one idea that I invariably return to in my experiments, interviews and research: the most successful people do their job not on autopilot - they act thoughtfully and prudently.

The same concept applies to the morning routine. If some larks are more productive than owls, then the reason is that they plan their awakening and the activity following it. Clothing for jogging is prepared in advance (provided that they do not sleep in it), to start the coffee maker, just press the button, and the morning newspaper is already waiting at the door.

Regardless of whether you get up at 5:30 or at 8:30, you still have 16 hours to make your day successful and useful.

In reality, your productivity after waking up depends on how deliberately you spend your time, attention and energy.

PS We recommend another useful article on the topic of working on yourself -15 people who prove that you don’t have to wake up early to be successful .

The author of the translation is Vyacheslav Davidenko, founder of TESTutor .

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