If you're a lover of sleeping in and staying up late like I am, titles such as the ones below might stress you out.
"The Morning Habits of 5 Fortune 500 CEOs"
"Why These Startup Founders Swear by Exercising in the Morning"
"Train Yourself to Be a Morning Person"
To all the early birds out there, I salute and admire you -- I simply can't fathom the idea of waking up before sunrise. A lot of content about productivity and scheduling espouses the importance of getting up early, but an early alarm isn't the only way to get things done.
Whether you wake up early or like to sleep in, the key is to schedule your tasks accordingly. You won't see benefits from waking up early to exercise if you haven't slept enough, and your evening routine will influence how early you're able to get to bed. Syracuse University created the schedules below to optimize your day for productivity, whether you wake up at the crack of dawn or like to hit snooze a few times. Try them out, and see if they help you have a more productive -- and restful -- day.
Originally published May 4, 2017 6:00:00 AM, updated June 10 2021