On Waking Up Early


I’ve been hearing more and more from independent creatives and conventional workers alike that waking up early is a necessary habit for productivity. Since the start of the year, I’ve adopted the practice myself, mainly for going to the gym and even catching up on household recreation (read, watch tv, etc.) that most people do at night.

A recent article on Medium expands upon the virtues of waking up early. The author Matt Donovan (@mattdonovan) showcases the process of his installing this habit, and what it’s already earned him.

Building this habit was hard work. I knew from the start I couldn’t do it on my own.

There are different ways to achieve accountability. There are services like Beeminder (and a host of others) that will charge you money if you don’t meet your goals.

Funny enough, I’m not going to simply say “everyone must wake up early.” You gotta do what’s best for you. But I will recommend testing the approach if you’ve never done so before. Most of us were night owls in high school or college, but as adulthood arrives (ha!) our physiology changes. It becomes harder and harder to stay up all night and be productive — to say nothing of the office that requires us to work on their schedule.

When are you most productive? Do you wake up early or stay up late? Something in between? Leave a comment to contribute.

About Prescott Perez-Fox

Prescott Perez-Fox is a New York-based graphic designer and brand developer with 15+ years experience in branding, packaging, graphic design, and web design. He runs The Busy Creator.
  • I wake up very early during the weekdays, but weekends are my downfall. I get the “I deserve to sleep in” mentality going and then it’s 1pm before I get anything of real worth done! This is a good reminder that waking up early and getting things done will end up feeling better in the long run than the warm covers in the morning!
    Brittany Ritcher

    • Thanks Brittany for weighing in. I can definitely relate to slacking on weekends. Even when I wake up at 8 or so one weekends, I somehow seem to take several hours to get in the groove because “I have all day.” Next thing you know, the sun is setting. Argh.

      I suppose the best thing to be done is to test different habits and make your own conclusions. For some, maybe one day a week is enough. For others, 7 days or bust.