One of the most important behaviours in lucid dreaming is the ability to wake up, catch the moment of waking, and stay still. This habit, if mastered, is the best way to improve dream recall and attempt techniques like DEILD and Michael Raduga's indirect techniques.
This has been my main obstacle to overcome! I've been working on various ideas lately with some success. I used to approach the problem with this kind of mindset:
I'll realise I'm waking up and keep still.
I realised recently that this doesn't really reflect what goes on when a dream comes to an end and you wake up. It's more like the opposite occurs: You are "awake" in a dream (doing dreamy things like playing football with The Beatles or whatever) and then you transition to this sleepy, groggy (and in my case miserable) person who's not really sure where they are or what day of the week it is.
I changed my approach to reflect this. My mentality now is one of "spot sleepy", where I aim to spot the moment when I hit that sleepy, groggy state. Reflected in this affirmation:
I'll realise I've hit "sleepy" and keep still.
So far, it seems it's a much more productive approach, as far as achieving lucid dreams and improving dream recall is concerned. Perhaps fellow lucid dreamers can let me know their thoughts?