It's said that the early bird gets the worm. Getting an early start to your day allows you to begin your day with the freedom (and time) to own your morning. Instead of hitting the snooze button and running out the door to avoid being late, try waking up 30 or 40 minutes before you normally do.

Lauren Vanderkam's book, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, shows that almost 50 percent of self-made millionaires start their mornings three hours before their day needs to begin, and that 90 percent of all executives prefer to be early risers and wake up before 6 a.m. on workdays.

Waking up early gives you time to get what you want done before heading into work. Take this time to make a healthy breakfast, read, meditate, or any of the other productive, boosting habits on Vanderkam's list.