Contrary to many reports and articles, the earlier you get up in the morning doesn’t necessarily equate to being more productive or successful.

When you start working doesn’t matter. When you stop working doesn’t matter.

What matters is what you accomplish during the hours you work – and that means making an intentional decision about what time you get up and what time you start work based on what is best for you.

Waking up at an arbitrary time won’t help you succeed. Making a thoughtful decision to wake up at the time that’s most productive for YOU is all that matters.

I think it’s so important to make sure you are well rested – and then start to work. Most people are more productive when they’ve slept well.

Take a look at this Inc. article for more on the how and why behind this. Also that’s a photo of my dog Charlie accompanying this post. He’s the perfect example of someone who loves to sleep.