A few years back I landed a job with Cisco systems. I was delighted, of course, but it was a two-hour daily commute. I had a young family and also wanted to keep up my gym sessions as well as have quality family time.
I had the same 24 hours as everybody else, so the only option left to me was to get up earlier. Instead of getting up at 7 am I started getting up at 5 am. I went for a run and then got into work 90 minutes early every day.
There were two advantaged to this. Firstly, the traffic was very light, so I was saving 30 minutes per day driving time. That added up to an extra 145 hours per year or just over six whole days.
But it got better. I thought I’d be tired all the time, but I discovered that I felt just fine. I was tired when the alarm clock went off and could easily have rolled over and gotten up at 7 am but for some reason when I did that I felt tired come afternoon time.
So my routine was get up at 5 am, run, get to work early and study for 90 minutes. By the time everyone else rolled into work, my study session had been done. If I could fit some extra study time in during lunch or after work, it was a bonus.
Bear in mind that (as I’ve said), I had a family, and I had to drive into work. I bring it up because all the time I hear people throw that out as if it makes them a special case of some sort.
Give it a try. If you can’t do 5 am then do an hour earlier and see what happens.