2. Don't Make Big Changes
Remember when I said sticking to a morning routine is hard? Even though having your goals clearly defined makes things a bit easier, consistently waking up early is still going to be difficult.
That's why you shouldn't start by making huge changes. Going from waking up at 10 AM to 5 AM all in one go surely won't last more than a few mornings.
I've tried doing that before, and after making such a drastic change, I'm tired the next day, fall asleep early, wake up early, stay up late, sleep late, etc. and the cycle continues.
Instead, start by making small changes. Set your alarm clock 15-30 minutes earlier each night so you're gradually working towards an early morning wake up, instead of making a drastic change.
Big changes are hard, and our brains like to take the path of least resistance. That's why people fall into get-rich-quick schemes and like drinking alcohol (easy dopamine).
James Clear writes about this in his awesome book Atomic Habits. Making your new habit that's supposed to be hard, easy, dramatically increases your chances of success.
When I wanted to start running in the morning, it was difficult to go from sleeping in to waking up, getting dressed, and running in the cold. Running every day is hard enough, much less every morning.
Instead of going from 0 to 100, I started small and worked my way up. Instead of making an early morning run my habit, I started by waking up and putting on my running clothes. That was the entire point of the habit.
Next, I'd put on my clothes and my running shoes. After a week or so of that, I'd get dressed, put on my shoes, and walk to the door, then go back inside. Eventually I made it out the door and went for walks in the mornings, until after a month or so, I was running every morning.
The small changes didn't seem so big when I was doing them, and I was able to gradually become an early morning runner. Now I run 2-3 miles every morning, and I'm working on longer runs.
You can do something similar with your wake up time, and your morning habits. For example, instead of reading for 30 minutes every morning, start with just one page.