Many successful people I know get up and head to the gym or run before their family is even awake. They use this time to nourish their body with exercise, and the results are more energy and better sleep.
Of course, I recognize this may not be for everyone, but for those night owls who want to become morning risers, there are a few things you can do to help yourself through the transition. First, set an exact bedtime but realize that you probably do not want to try to change it by more than 30 minutes a week. This needs to be a gradual change, so move slowly.
Second, when you wake up, get out of bed immediately and do not hit the snooze button. You are trying to change your body’s biorhythm, so the best thing you can do to help the new pattern take root is to just get up and start going through your morning routine.
Finally, sunlight really helps, so leave the curtains open and allow the light to wake you up.
If you are a night owl and want to improve your productivity, commit to these steps to change your circadian rhythm. This cannot be done overnight—it will probably take months to become an early riser—but keep working on it.
You can do this!