Waking Up Early Won’t Make You More Productive, but These 3 Tips Might

Contrary to popular belief the time of day you wake up won’t automatically increase your productivity.

T.S. Johnson
5 min readFeb 28, 2022


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I like to call it the tyranny of the early birds.

To have them tell it if you want to experience productivity nirvana you have to be willing to get up at 5 am or earlier.

Really now?

Because of our puritanical background combined with our protestant work ethic we have created an entire culture that believes early to bed early to rise isn’t just a recipe for success but ordained by God himself.

And who is going to argue with God, amirite?

It’s so pervasive that even the non-religious swear by it and writers, marketers and the like pen treatise after treaties on the many ways you will crush your goals just by getting up before the birds start singing.

There are entire cottage industries devoted to turning the Sad Night Owl into the Amazing Early Bird.

Seriously, how many times have you seen the “Just Follow These Steps and You Too Can Get Up at 5 am Each Day and Be The Most Productive Person To Ever Live” article?

They are everywhere and they each follow the same premise:

Only people who get up super early can be more productive and achieve their goals.

Anything less is a recipe for failure and a prescription for laziness.

The problem with this line of thinking is that it is all a lie.

There is zero scientific evidence that shows getting up earlier will make you any more productive than those who have naturally later sleep rhythms.

As a matter of fact, studies show there is no socioeconomic difference between those who get up early vs. those who sleep later.

You wouldn’t know that however since seemingly everything you look there is someone or some organization that says otherwise.

So why does the myth persist?



T.S. Johnson

Writer. Editor. Professional Smartass.