This morning I got out of bed at 5:30 to make that cartoon you see above. I am not a morning person.
Here’s how I did it.
(1) I went to bed early.
(2) I woke up naturally at 5.30 and, instead of going back to sleep, which I am very good at (thankfully), I thought, “YAY! I get to make a cartoon!” This was mostly a lie. I was not that excited to get up. But my fake enthusiasm actually worked. I got out of bed and went to the bathroom, and by then I was awake.
I’ve used this technique before. I usually work from home here in Philly, but about once a week I get up at 5am to go to the office in New York City. When the alarm goes off at 5, I think “YAY! I get to go to New York City today!” Again, the overblown enthusiasm helps.