No, You’re Not Expected To Wake Up At 5 AM — Quit Toxic Productivity

Don’t fall for the toxic productivity.

Bryan Dijkhuizen
Mind Cafe
Published in
3 min readMar 29, 2022


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I see it a lot on Twitter and Instagram, motivational posts that guarantee you happiness and productivity if you start waking up at 5 AM and take cold showers every day.

It feels like a checklist that everybody’s trying to complete.

I’m sorry to ruin it for you, but waking up at 5 am doesn’t make you any more productive.

Additionally, waking up that early makes me feel miserable, not happy.

We’re Not All Morning People, Only Some Of Us Are

Waking up early is a business model, and it’s about productivity.

We’ve been told that it’s good for us to wake up early and go to bed around the clock of 10/11 — doesn’t work for me.

I’m productive when it gets dark.

Selling you courses about how you should live your life are popular among young people, especially now that a lot of people are doing some research about their (mental) health.

There’s a market for that, but what they don’t tell you is that every human body works differently — it’s not that hard to understand.

Not everybody is a morning person, I’m not, you might be, that’s something what’s genetically integrated.

We often say that someone is a morning or an evening person, but some of us really are different in that sense.

Do you want to build a habit of waking up early? That’s possible, but don’t overdo it — start by waking up five minutes earlier than the day before and slowly increase that.

The Toxic Trait Of Productivity

I think this obsession with productivity by many of us has to do with something that’s very toxic.

Working overtime isn’t something to be proud of, working hard is.

But that doesn’t mean that you have to use every single millisecond of your day, that’s just unhealthy and does that truly make you happy?

You need to ask yourself that question before doing something that could change your life…



Bryan Dijkhuizen
Mind Cafe

Dutch Writer with Natural Urge to Travel — Editor for Mind Cafe & Featured in Start it Up, Better Marketing & Better Humans —