Waking up early: Are there benefits to being a morning person?

Early risers are in sync with corporate culture

Some research suggests that morning people do better in business because their bodies are in sync with typical corporate office hours. If your team starts work at 8 a.m., it’s vital that you’re in the office for then, too.

Christoph Randler, a professor at the University of Tuebingen in Germany who has studied early risers, told Global News that morning people seem to “have an advantage because they better fit into most work environments with an early start.”

He said that many CEOs and bosses prefer morning people over evening ones because they are more conscientious and are more proactive — characteristics that are favourable in work environments.

Randler’s research also found that morning people tend to do better in school, which ultimately lands them better jobs. Therefore, being an early riser is a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation: you need to get up early to be more successful, and many successful people are naturally early birds.

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“If your boss, your senior management team, or your whole team is earlier risers and you’re not, then you’re not going to be as successful career-wise,” said Fiona Bryan, a Toronto-based career and communications coach.

But Bryan says night owls shouldn’t fear: if you’re someone who does their best work in the evening, waking up at 5 a.m. isn’t going to help you. In fact, being successful means knowing your hours of productivity, and finding a job or workflow that best suits you.

“If someone says, ‘I would be forcing myself to wake up at 5:30 or 6:00 a.m.,’ or, ‘It doesn’t fit into my personal circumstances,’ then it’s not necessarily going to make someone more productive,” Bryan said. “People’s energy is different.”

Morning routines are important

What people do with their morning hours can help set them up for success, says Beverly Beuermann-King, a workplace expert and public speaker. Beuermann-King said that routines help people accomplish tasks, and set the tone for their workday ahead.

“People who have a morning routine … they tend to be more focused, their productivity is up, and they tend to manage their energy in a way that’s going to be productive for them,” she said.

If you look to most CEOs, they have morning rituals that help prepare them for work. Oath Inc. CEO Tim Armstrong says he gets up at 5:30 a.m. to work out, read, and spend time with his daughter before heading to the office.

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