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You don't have to get up at 4 a.m. to be successful: 5 CEOs who wake up after 10 a.m.

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You don't have to get up at 4 a.m. to be successful: 5 CEOs who wake up after 10 a.m.
Early risers have long been hailed as smarter, more successful, and wildly ambitious. "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise," Benjamin Franklin once said. The most lauded of CEOs-PepsiCo's now former chief executive Indra Nooyi and Apple's Tim Cook, for example-spring out of bed no later than 4:30 a.m.

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Early Birds are 15% of the population

About 1 in 2 people have relatively “normal” sleeping habits; they function most optimally when they don’t stay up too late or wake up too early and stick to a consistent sleep schedule. 

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Successful CEOs who are getting up late

  • Aaron Levie, the CEO of enterprise cloud company Box
  • Reddit co-founder and husband of Serena Williams, Alexis Ohanian - gets up around 10 am
  • Pharrell Williams  doesn't use an alarm to wake himself up; he relies on his body's natural sleep habits
  • Mark Zuckerberg gets up around 8 am

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When trying to change your sleep habits, don't give up too soon. Keep it up for a week. The days will get easier, and you'll learn to love sleep again.

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Flexibility with remote work

Flexibility with remote work

Usually, working from home is about flexibility. Every single person will have a different schedule, which will make them more productive.

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  • Some may sleep in and only start working around 10 a.m. They may stop at 3 p.m. and work again between 10 p.m and 1 a.m. when the house is quiet.

It's not always a matter of early versus late. Some people work longer hours on some days to give themselves a break on other days. It's all a matter of fitting work into your lifestyle and when you're most productive.

Batching for productivity

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