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You don’t have to wake up early to have a more productive lifestyle.

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Bella Scarano

You don’t need to start the day as early as the sun rises in order to be productive.

Bella Scarano, Culture Editor

Not everyone is an early riser. Majority of teenagers alone don’t like to wake up early and will stay up late. However, does waking up early increase productivity?

Most people don’t like to wake up early because they want to get more sleep. Studies show that early risers tend to get less than eight hours of sleep. A University of Barcelona study showed that “morning” people are less likely to experience fatigue and frustrations.

Although this doesn’t mean early risers are more productive than “night owls”. The difference is the schedule of the person, someone who stays up late could be just as productive as the person who wakes up at 5:00 or 6:00am.

“What actually makes a difference in how productive you are after you wake up is how deliberately you spend your time, attention, and energy,” said Chris Bailey, author of the “Productivity Project”.

Creating a schedule or routine for the day to use as a guideline is beneficial for an active day. The night before write down your “to-do” list for the following day then decide how much time you need in your day to make your day useful.

Waking up early could make you more productive if you choose to use that extra time wisely. Although if waking up early does not appeal to you then create a routine with an ideal wakeup time and the intention of an efficient day.

“Productivity is never an accident,” said Paul J. Meyer, another author of self improvement books. “It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”