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If you're trying to "break out" instead of "just existing" (although there's nothing wrong with the latter; we put too much demands on ourselves) the winning play, for most, is to get up as early as you can stand. Most people's best hours are from 1 to 4 hours after waking, and it's a shame to give those to a boss.

I relate to this (and upvoted), but it’s worth acknowledging that some people have more energy in evenings or even the dark of night. The key, if you’re trying to best utilize your time:

1. Your point: don’t give your most productive time to someone who uses you as a resource.

2. Try to structure your schedule so that you can best utilize your most effective energy without it being solely devoted to the obligations outside of being a profit center for someone else.

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