My routine works best when I wake up at normal work hours ~8am and go to work after coffee via subway. At the office I take a 15 minute nap on a bean bag chair in the evening, drink a cup of coffee, then go to the gym. When I get home I'm awake and feel productive most of the time so I can attend to my website. So if I choose to be productive anywhere between 10am and 2am, it's usually not difficult.
If I was working full-time on a startup without a day job, I would assume I would still work best at night like I did in college rather than the 4am-7am early morning hours.
It really feels a shame for me.
Is this true? I'm in trouble then. I absolutely hate everything about mornings. My ideal schedule is going to bed about 2:00 AM and waking up naturally between 10:00 and 11:00 AM.
Surely there's some successful start-up founders who do this?
Do they know many cleaners; road sweepers; 'binmen' (garbage truck workers)? etc.
These people are just people - maybe some of them are doing interesting things with their life but I doubt it's just because they're waking early.
The comment feels a bit like cargo-cultism.
I'm fighting my own biases here, because I feel much better if I wake early and I feel like my early mornings are much more productive.
To observe that early risers are consistently successful, it doesn't mean that late night workers aren't successful. I've just found anecdotally that if you were to take a sample of early risers vs late night workers, the first group seems to have a higher percentage of successful people.
May be waking early is not the cause but the effect of having important goals in life.
You can put them on monitors (through a surge protector), for instance, to tell you to walk off and go to work, for the room lights to tell you to go to bed, for the TV to enforce a hard bedtime, and for noisy home equipment to start waking you up (icemakers, fans, lights, etc).
Ah, useless anecdotes virtually always follow that opening. Could have stopped reading there.