Hands up if you start your day with writing? I've tried before and once I get going, it works well. However, I've got out of the habit over the summer so it's time to try again.
Why do it?
- It's quiet, so there won't be any interruptions.
- Work hasn't begun. Need I say more?
- Real life hasn't got underway, and writing hasn't got pushed to the back of an ever growing list of things to be done. No matter how well you plan, if your writing time is in the evening, you may find it gets shelved due to real life stuff over running.
- Once done, you can rest easy that you've done your daily writing.
- Wake up earlier, but do it in stages. Start slow by setting the alarm back in fifteen minute increments until you feel you have enough time. Thirty minutes of writing can be very productive when there are no distractions.
- Know what you're going to write the night before. Otherwise you'll waste time.
- Resist the urge to check Twitter, FaceBook or emails!
- Go to bed earlier.
The hardest thing is starting (isn't it always!) It won't feel natural at first, they'll be that early morning confusion, so it might help to start with ten minutes journal writing. After the second week it should start to become a habit.
What do you think? Will you give early mornings a try?
In other news, last week went off the rails and Plan B days were required on more than one occasion. I'm refusing to stress about it though...I had a busy working week, which is another reason to do my writing early each day.