As I've aged, I've found that I am just naturally waking up earlier. It may also be a result of my last several years of running allowing me to sleep better (more soundly) and therefore require less sleep. I need to work on making better use of those extra minutes and hours in the morning. Along those lines, Yahoo! Finance had a great article on how some top executives use their mornings. Some tidbits:
Get up early. Almost all of these folks were up no later than 5:30am. OK, that's only half an hour earlier than I get up now.
Exercise. About three-fourths of these folks spent no less than an hour (some almost 2!) exercising in the AM. I really struggle here. I love running, but my best time is between 10am and 2pm. I can usually massage my lunch time into a window for a putting in a few miles, but between business travel and meetings, I often lose control of that 10-2 window and end up forgoing a much-desired run. Trish has long been a morning runner - a trait I have envied. I'm going to honestly give this a try.
Make family time. It was impressive to hear that most of these folks ate breakfast with their kids and usually took them to school. I do OK at this, but I'd like to be taking the kids to school every morning I'm in town instead of about 1 of 4 which is my current practice.