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September 22, 2021

Morning people better positioned for career success: study

Are you the first one into work on Monday morning? Well, perhaps you should be.

Recent research by Christoph Randler, a professor at the University of Education in Heidelberg, suggests that those who prefer mornings are better positioned for career success.

Randler quizzed university students, a notoriously sleepy bunch, asking them when they were most energetic and willing to change a situation. It was the morning people who were more likely to agree with statements such as “I feel in charge of making things happen” and “I spend time identifying long-range goals for myself.”

Discussing his research in the Harvard Business Review, Randler says that when it comes to business success at least, morning people hold the important cards.

“My earlier research showed that they tend to get better grades in school, which gets them into better colleges, which then leads to better job opportunities. Morning people also anticipate problems and try to minimise them. They're proactive.”

Not that late risers are necessarily life's losers: They're smarter and more creative, and have a better sense of humour, other studies have shown.

“Throughout the world, people who sleep late are too often assumed to be lazy. The result is that the vast majority of school and work schedules are tailored to morning types,” Randler explains, suggesting that the late-to-rise crowd get short shrift.

One way for nighthawks that are seeking to kick-start their careers could be to try to gradually shift their body clocks by simply going to bed earlier, he suggests.

You see, your mother was right after all.

Are you an early riser? Do you think it's had any impact on your career?

By Gordon Powers, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

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