Morning people get all the press. (“Morning routine” are words found in countless article headlines; a phrase like “start your day at 8:30 a.m.” is not.)
After all: My best friend Richard Branson (granted, a likely one-sided relationship sentiment) gets up at 5:30 a.m. And so does Jack Dorsey. Compared with Tim Cook, though, they’re up-and-at-’em slackers, since the Apple CEO gets up at 3:45.
On the one hand, that makes sense. Getting an early start not only sounds more productive, science says it can be: Studies show that morning people tend to be more persistent, more self-directed, and better planners.
Except research also shows night owls tend to perform better on tests that measure memory, processing speed and cognitive ability, tend to be more creative, and tend to be more financially successful.
Granted, those results involve correlation, not causation. Waking up at 5:30 a.m. won’t automatically make you a better planner. Nor will sleeping in automatically…
This article was written by Jeff Haden and originally published on www.inc.com