6:00AM – every morning except on weekends (Sat. & Sun.) I am woken at this time to start my day. I started this habit my sophomore year of college, in order to have some alone time, it also helped that I hated the idea of getting up when my least favorite roommate at the time was about. My initial motive for getting up at that insanely early hour was to have some alone time in the apartment, and it helped me make sure I had everything done for my upcoming 8:30am class. My desire for “alone time” outweighed my need for sleep because I started going to sleep around 10:00pm.
At first, I was hardly motivated to crawl out of bed, but I didn’t want to wake my roommate so I couldn’t hit the snooze button. Then, as time went by, I realized how much extra time I had in the morning and started getting homework done, and even picked up yoga. Now, I bike from 7am to 8am to start the day, read or write or do homework until class starts (around 10am or 11am). I was motivated at first just to get up, then that changed once I adjusted my sleep cycle so that the need for sleep would be less than my desire to be active. This behavior was beneficial in several ways; I get to bike on campus when it is empty but still light out, I get time to myself, and I can get whatever work I need done so I don’t have to stress about it during the night. This regiment also helped me adapt other habits (such as set times for eating) that overall enhanced my day. My old and less than desirable behaviors were extinguished.
My drive to get up was to avoid a roommate that I didn’t get along with, she has long since vanished from my life and I’ve gotten along fine with my roommates since, however after seeing the benefits of getting up so early I continue the behavior.