One of the most common time management tips I’ve seen is to get up 30 minutes or an hour earlier than you usually do, and use that time productively. This can work for some people in the right circumstances, but it’s not for everyone.
First of all, if you are going to get up an hour earlier, you’ll need to go to bed an hour earlier. Burning the candle at both ends isn’t good for anyone. I know people who are naturally very early risers. But, they go to bed at 9 pm. This may or may not fit with your lifestyle.
Additionally, getting up very early may not suit your circadian rhythms. I’m not naturally an early riser, but having children shifted my clock so that getting up at 7 am is now a decent rise-and-shine time for me. Unfortunately for me, I have to get up by 6 am in my current lifestyle. I’m completely useless before 6 am. It wouldn’t do me any good to get up at 5 or 5:30 to have “extra time,” because I would spend that time staring stupidly at the wall and then feel tired for the rest of the day.
Several years ago I decided to get up at 5 am so I could go for a run before work. By 9 am I felt like I’d already had an entire day and was ready to go back to bed, just as my work day was starting. I didn’t stick to those early morning runs for very long. Early mornings aren’t for everyone.
What’s your earliest time when you can get up and be productive?