Sleep Schedules versus Productivity

The other day, I was thinking about the balance between sleep and productivity.

I’ve always been a fairly light sleeper. I tend to sleep late and wake up early, so sleeping until 10 or 11am is considered “sleeping in” for me.

I’ve come to believe that waking up early lets you tackle the day with a fresh focus and new energy. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting stuff done before noon. The sense of accomplishment and productivity can be exhilarating.

In the afternoon, the day’s energy starts to wear off and the hours start ticking away easily whether you’re being productive or not.

Soon enough, you start telling yourself “I didn’t get around to it today, I’ll get to it tomorrow” and that’s how the list of things to do begins to pile up.

When it comes to sleep schedules and productivity, my experience tells me to sleep around 6-8 hours a day (max) and aim to wake early in the day (7-9am) to get a head start on getting things done.

It also helps to establish a rough to-do list of immediate items you want to tackle so you have something to work off of in the morning.