Being able to work on my own schedule is huge for me! I am an early riser(wake up at 5:45am to run), I like to start work around 7:30am and my most productive hours are in the morning. Then, I usually head home around 4:15pm. If I was forced to work the standard 9-5pm I know I would be far less productive than I am now.
Another tip I like to keep in mind is one my mom taught me, "Only worry about yourself" It can be easy as a developer to compare yourself to your peers and worry about what they are doing. At the end of the day, the only one you need to worry about is yourself. Focus on growing your own abilities and learning the way you learn best.
I'll try the early riser thing, it feels very promising.
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