How to Become an Early Riser.

Don’t make drastic changes. Start slowly, by waking just 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. Get used to this for a few days then cut back another 15 minutes. Do this gradually until you get to your goal time.

Allow yourself to sleep earlier. You might be used to staying up late, perhaps watching TV or surfing the Internet. I suggest going to bed earlier, even if you don’t think you’ll sleep, and read while in bed. If you’re tired, you just might fall asleep much sooner than you think.

Put your alarm clock far from your bed. If it’s right next to your bed, you’ll shut it off or hit snooze. Never hit snooze. If it’s far from your bed, you have to get up out of bed to shut it off. By then, you’re up. Now you just have to stay up.

Go out of the bedroom as soon as you shut off the alarm. Don’t allow yourself to rationalize going back to bed. Just force yourself to go out of the room.

Do not rationalize. If you allow your brain to talk you out of getting up early, you’ll never do it. Don’t make getting back to bed an option.

Have a good reason. Set something to do early in the morning that’s important. This reason will motivate you to get up.

Make waking up early a reward. A good reward is to make a hot cup of coffee or tea and read a book. Other rewards might be a tasty treat for breakfast or watching the sunrise, or meditating. Find something that’s pleasurable for you, and allow yourself to do it as part of your morning routine.

Take advantage of all that extra time. Don’t wake up early and waste that extra time. Get a jump start on your day! By the time you usually wake up, you’ll realize you’ve done or close to finishing your whole days’ worth of activities which is more than many people do the entire day.