On Writing First Thing in the Morning

On Writing First Thing in the Morning

I’ve always prided myself on being a person of very little routine. I abhor routine. Doing the same thing at the same time everyday essentially stands for my life is essentially over, I am so boring, total nightmare, to me.

My morning typically involves solving complex math equations in my head in between snooze hits. What is the absolute latest I can get up to make it out of the shower and to the bus stop on time factoring in all sorts of variables based on the day like need to walk dog, is my lunch already made, and can I get away with another day of not shaving my legs? This equation leaves no room for error ultimately leading to a series of oh shit moments as I tear through the house looking for my keys or jacket or wallet arriving at the bus stop panting and realizing I forgot my lunch and/or bus pass.

Every morning I vow that it will all be different tomorrow, but the pattern always repeats itself.

I recently read Daily Rituals: How Artists Work and if there was one commonality between the most inspiring minds of our time besides consuming vast amounts of coffee, it was the ability to rise early and bust out a bunch of words while everyone else was still in bed.

My take home from this is that there is absolutely no GD reason I cannot get up 30 minutes earlier in the morning to write. 

The easiest way to make a new habit is to do it first thing in the morning before all of life’s obligations get in the way. New ideas and perfectly constructed phrases randomly pop into my head all day while I am at work and then by the time I get home all my energy has been exhausted and all I want is a cookie and a nap. If I muster up enough energy to even attempt to write, nothing comes out and I am left totally discouraged wondering why I even waste my time with these silly writing dreams and ughhh I’m a total idiot and I give up.

Leo Babuta has some excellent advice on how to become an early riser. He recommends starting small and waking only 15-30 minutes earlier at first and once you’re used to that and doing so consistently you can wake 15 minutes earlier than that and repeat until you get to your goal time.

Rumor has it that many great books were written in as little as 15 minutes of concentrated effort a day. Only fifteen minutes? Now this is starting to sound easy. Think of how many 15 minute chunks of time you waste a day on Facebook or Instagram or looking for your keys or bus pass in my case.

Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day. ~Glen Cook

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