If you fail to question anything you do and see in the world, you fail to see the reality. That is what happened with me when I took months to question the belief- success is associated with rising early in the morning. However, when I questioned this belief I found something that I never know is possible. I did not know that those who work late at night and wake up late can also be as successful as those who wake up early in the morning. It is proved that success isn’t associated with early morning, but working hard towards goals at own convenient time.
Since a few years ago I have been reading on waking up early in the morning to start the day. Moreover, I also read one of the best selling books by Robin Sharma titled ‘The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life’. As to many I also believed that early success is highly associated with the early morning. Robin Sharma in this book talks about how just waking up at 5 in the morning and devoting one hour for self-improvement can make a huge difference in life. I don’t say Robin made the wrong claim. Because early morning has something amazing to offer.
You have enough time without distraction to do what you want to. Your mind is more focused and at the peak of solving a complex problem and getting done complex task that you can’t do in your entire day. Your mind is fresh because you had good sleep.
According to Christopher Randler, a biology professor at the University of Education in Heidelberg, Germany, said, “ Morning people are proactive. Many studies have linked this trait, proactivity, with better job performance, greater career success, and higher wages.”
Successful people who wake up early in the morning
- Tim Cook, CEO of Apple wakes up at 3:45 a.m.
- Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest wakes at 4 a.m
- Oprah Winfrey American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer wakes up usually between 6:02 and 6:20
- Bill McNabb, Chairman of the Vanguard Group, wakes up around 5
I was not a morning person so waking up at 5 am was an impossible task for me. However, after reading the benefits of waking up early I started waking up at 5 am. I did it for a long time. I would able to do most of my tasks in the morning before 11 am. I was reading books regularly, jogging and finishing my major task- writing. However, Two months ago I had to visit Uttar Pradesh for work and vacation which led my morning routine jumbled up. Now I am confused about whether I should continue my early morning routines or follow a late-night routine that I followed two years ago for one month.
I would do my major tasks like writing and promotions after midnight when everyone is sleeping. This is why I would wake up in the morning without having to worry about tasks I had to do early morning. Moreover, I had not to force myself to wake up. I would simply wake up around 9:30 and get ready for work. My office was just 5 minutes walk. Since I like to start my day slowly without having stress or worry, the routine was syncing with my body-clock. However, this routine made me skip morning prayer. If you are not losing something then working late at night can also make you as successful as those who wake up early in the morning.
Successful people who work late at night and wake up late in the morning
- Alexis Ohanian, Reddit co-founder, tries to wake up at 10am.
- Elon Musk, generally sleeps at 1am and is up by 7am.
- Dharmesh Shah, founder of HubSpot usually goes to bed between 1:30-2 a.m and gets up about 7 hours later.
- Jonah Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed who wakes up around 8:30 in the morning
- Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of the enterprise cloud company Box
My personal experience with being a night owl and early riser; and research on the same clearly send out a message that it does not matter whether you are waking up early in the morning to start your day or working late at night if you are getting your tasks done.
If you feel hard to wake up early and start your day then you should not try being an early morning person. Because the research says it can be a serious issue for you. “The genetics about being a night owl is only part of it. It is more about the environment, with living out of sync with your internal clock. Trying to change a night owl to a morning lark has serious health consequences,” said Jacqueline Lane, an instructor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital who conducted a sleep study and published her findings in the Nature Communications journal while talking to Today.
As early risers are more focused and productive night owls are smarter and more creative than a morning person. “Studies revealed that evening people (night people) tend to be smarter and more creative than morning types have a better sense of humor,” said Christopher Randler.
If you like to work at night then do so or wake up early in the morning and get started. Don’t stress out on being a morning person. Success isn’t associated with either of them.
Share your experiences whether you are a morning person or night owl. Your experiences can help all of us to succeed in life.