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Physicists/Mathematicians: Night Owls or Morning Larks?

  1. Apr 20, 2016 #1
    Which are you? Which do you think is better suited to physics/maths?

    Night owl and proud here. My best work is all done post 11pm...
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  3. Apr 20, 2016 #2


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    Not me. I'm best first thing in the morning ( I get up 5:30-6:00 AM) and I'm done doing useful work by 5:00 PM or so. I'm usually in bed by 9:30 PM.
  4. Apr 20, 2016 #3
    I know professors who get to work at 7:00 am, and some who work until midnight. I like a normal schedule - get to work between 9:00-10:00, leave around 6:00.
  5. Apr 20, 2016 #4
    If it weren't for school I'd probably have a pretty messed up schedule (wake up late, sleep late) with all my work being done at night.
    Though, because I hope to be an astronomer some day, perhaps that isn't such a bad thing :DD
  6. Apr 21, 2016 #5
    I find I struggle to focus and concentrate during the day, but come the night I can work solidly without losing concentration.
  7. Apr 21, 2016 #6
    To tell you the truth I can be either. I generally feel most alert when I wake up at 9 am and go to bed at 11pm, but the times I have woken up around 5 Ive been able to get things done too. I think the common denominator is that there is nobody around to distract me.
  8. Apr 22, 2016 #7

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    Graduate school (first stint): night owl, didn't start until 9 pm or so, finished up when my apartment mate was getting up for his 8 am med school classes. Second stint (PhD work, post marriage), 9-5, with the occasional get up at 2 am to work until ??? (I'd really get a lot done during those early morning stints).
    Real world (after graduate school): I'd get to work between 6:30 and 7 in the morning. Now that I am unemployed and looking for employment, my most productive time is still between 8 and 10 am.
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