If you’re looking for ways to be more productive, you’ll find no shortage of advice. From apps and process consultants to books and blog posts, people have a lot to say about the best way to make the greatest impact with your time.

But, some of that advice isn’t helpful–or is flat-out wrong. Here, productivity experts share their thoughts on the productivity myths that need busting.

Wake up earlier to get more done

Want to write that novel? Get up an hour before usual and devote that time to putting words on the page. Need to fit exercise or meditation into a busy day? Set the alarm an hour earlier. After all, the early bird catches the worm.

Not so fast, says Stuart Hearn, CEO of Clear Review, a performance management software company, and former human resources (HR) director at Sony. “Not everyone is a morning person. We all have different productivity rhythms, and while some people are more productive in the early hours of the day, this isn’t always the case,” he says. If you’re waking up early when your best work or high-energy times are in the afternoon or evening, you could be undermining your best work times.

Fortunately, flexible work arrangements are increasingly popular, which helps employees have more control over working during their peak energy times. “Productivity is much more about finding out what makes you tick, rather than trying to adhere to an ideal or a set of rigid rules that includes ‘wake up at 6 a.m.,’ ” he says.

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