1. Plan backward from the time you have to be at work.
I knew all that middle-school math would come in handy someday. Before I even set my alarm the night before, I would figure out the timing of my run backward.
So if my workday started at 9 a.m., and it takes me about 30 minutes to shower and get ready (low-maintenance FTW!), I’d plan to arrive and be done with my run by 8:30 a.m. If my planned route and distance normally took 45 minutes, I needed to be out the door by 7:45 a.m. From there, I’d determine when I needed to wake up, depending on how long it would take to drag myself out of bed. I personally am not a snoozer, but I do like to have my morning coffee about 30 minutes before I run, so in this schedule scenario, I would plan to wake up by 7:15 a.m.
Imagine how accomplished you’ll feel sitting at your desk at 9 a.m., having already had some coffee, traveled to work, and exercised!