Was up late last night, woke today 11:30AM.
Man, the difference between waking at 4:30 and 11:30 is staggering. If I had to guess, I think I'd guess somewhere between 300% and 500% higher productivity for being up at 4:30AM.
If you do "standard morning stuff" after waking for 30-60 minutes, shower, groom yourself, and eat, you can sit down to work sometime between 5AM to 7AM on the early schedule.
You're starting between noon and 2PM on the late schedule.
Why's it matter? A lot of things. Psychologically, the "ahh, I'm up early" helps. Then, it seems like we naturally start to slow down when it starts getting darker at nights.
If you work in cafes or have to run errands, places are much less crowded during the daytime hours than the evening hours. So you can knock all that out, and then take it easy from 5PM+. If you're only starting work at 2PM since you're on the late schedule, you're going to be working until later at night with more people around.
It also changes the general texture of your life. If you're up late, you're more likely to go out and do entertainment type stuff in the evenings instead of turning in early, and things like that. Of course, there's advantages to that, but not when you're in a busy work period.
Then of course, for the 9-5er, the difference is even bigger between a 4:30 schedule and, say, a 7:30 wakeup time. It's almost impossible to get peak creativity/enterprising out of yourself after an eight hour workday, but it's very easy to put in 3 good hours in the morning before work.
Waking up very early also makes it easy to nap in the afternoon and split your day in two, which helps for productivity especially if you've got evening social engagements. That's much harder to do on the late schedule.
I'm going to double down on my morning schedule. It's far superior to the later one for getting things done.
If you've never worked for yourself, I'm not sure it's possible to imagine what it's really like.
You probably overestimate some parts of it and underestimate others. It's not quite the same as when you're vacationing and your only prerogative is relax and see sights. You have responsibilities that need to get done, but no one's going to tell you when or how to do them.
Today I wanted to talk about my favorite and least favorite parts of this equation.
My favorite part, by far, is that I get to control the amount of craziness in my environment.
If I want people and noise and craziness, I can go shopping on a Saturday or out to a bar on a Friday night. If I want quiet time, I can go out when places are empty.
I have always had trouble in getting up in the morning. I would rather stay up late, finish up my work, and then go to bed. I remember always getting up little groggy, and my eating and social schedules were total out of whack. My health was deteriorating with increasing cholesterol and TGL numbers, and my productivity was not stellar either.
I was a tenure-track professor of engineering at that time, and work and more work were the only things that occupied every void of time of my day. I knew things were not going in right direction, but I did not know any better either.
Thankfully I did not have any morning classes, until then. I was told that next semester during winter I would be teaching an 8 am class. Now as this was supposed to be a semester long ordeal, I did not want to take any chances. I could not miss a class at any cost. I had three months to prepare before the semester, and I started to train myself to become an early riser.
Slowly, but steadily, I changed my waking schedule to 4 am. No matter how much work I had, or how wonderful the program was on TV, I would slip between the sheets by 8 pm. I just promised myself- I would do this work in the morning when I get up, or I would watch this TV program first thing in the morning (yes, I did that).
That worked perfectly for me. Very soon I realized I had plenty of MY time in the morning. I could do some yoga, meditate, work, and eat a healthy breakfast in the morning before the day would even start. I could see the crack of dawn every morning from my window. An experience that one can enjoy everyday!