On how I Pavlov-trained myself
My alarm clock has been broken for a while (long story, including a power outage in the neighborhood and a roommate cryptically whispering ‘apocalypse’ before leaving the building). So I felt this was the perfect timing for a new attempt to experiment with a way of getting out of bed (remember this attempt?). I read a really interesting article on this guy who ‘Pavlov-trained’ himself into a habit of directly getting out of bed when the alarm clock goes off. ‘Perfect’, I thought, so I bought a new alarm clock with a big bell (this isn’t necessary but just felt like an appropriate tribute to Mr. Pavlov; isn't it a cute one?) and tried the same.
Basically he says that you shouldn’t make waking up a conscious decision (then your 7AM self starts arguing and bargaining about sleeping another 10 more minutes). Rather, it should become a subconscious habit. He proposes you envision how you want to get up and practice this during the day, when you are wide awake. Lay in bed and repeat everything you want to be doing from the moment the alarm clock goes off a number of times until it becomes part of your subconscious.
I have to admit that I was too lazy to repeat the whole process many times, and I think it might be more about teaching yourself a new habit than it is about subconsciousness. However; I have been getting directly out of bed ever since. I believe that can be labeled as progress.