The Unbeatable Time, During the Day, to Write. (Week 3)

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My Old Dan and My New DayFeel exhausted, anxious, or miserable when you sit down to write?

Chances are you are not writing in the morning.

Three weeks ago I decided to turn my writing life around by setting up a daily-writing-goal, among other things.

The first week was awful.

I missed my writing goal a few of times and had to make up for it later. Back then I thought that I just needed to keep pushing forward and soon enough I will get used to the new routine and everything will be OK.

Then, by accident, I completed my writing goal in the morning and everything has changed.

On that day, I got home from work exhausted.

There was no reason for me to be, but I dropped in the bed like a stone and slept until 1:00 AM. I think it was my subconscious protecting me from my horrible writing. (Which you can see here with your own eyes.)

When I woke up I quickly started writing to make up for what I missed, as well as for what I needed to write for that day. I felt so liberated that to celebrate I went on YouTube and watched police brutality until 5:00 AM.

When I saw that the sun was already coming up I realized that I can’t keep staying up like this, which I started doing more and more often lately. So, I decided to flip my internal clock.

You see, three months ago I came back from Korea and because I was jet-lagged I would wake up at 5:00 AM, go jogging, and live a healthy lifestyle for about a month. This was my opportunity to do it again, but at the moment I did not realize that I will add writing into my routine as well.

I had no work that day, so stayed up the whole day and went to sleep at 10:00 PM. The next day I woke up at 6:00 AM, went for a quick 30 min run, had breakfast, and left the house at 7:00 AM. My work starts at 10:30 AM so I spent 3 hours writing, reading, and learning. I think it was the most productive day I had in my life because I was able to easily write 1,700 words and read for 1.5 hours. I actually had to stop myself, because I was afraid I will over do it.

I went to work feeling great. My writing goal was done, my reading was done, and I exercised to top it all off!

Writing in the evening was a horrible way to complete my daily writing goals.

1. My sleep was wasted: whatever amazing dreams I had would be forgotten because I would wake up and run to work.
2. I was unable to concentrate at work because I kept thinking about what to write about when I got home.
3. By the time I got home, I was so exhausted from working and thinking about what to write that it was no longer fun to write.
4. If I was not tired then there would be some unforeseen chores that I had to take care of first before I could sit down to write.

5 Reasons Why Writing in the morning worked for me.

1. It takes a lot of energy to write, and I have the most energy in the morning.
2. I can go to sleep planning what to write in the morning
3. During the day, I can focus on what I need to be doing.
4. When I get home I can rest without feeling guilty.
5. I exercise again.

[Note.] I understand that writing in the morning might not be for everyone. Maybe you work at night, or maybe you need to drive your kids to school before you yourself go to work. But I suggest that you take a hard look at your schedule, maybe draw it on a piece of paper, and try to figure if you can move things around so that the first thing you do in the morning is writing. 

I hope you found this post useful and made you consider writing in the morning.

Now let me know when you prefer writing. Do you already write in the morning? Or do you prefer writing during the day or in the evening? Why?

4 Responses to "The Unbeatable Time, During the Day, to Write. (Week 3)"
  1. Jessie says:

    I’m supposed to be writing right now, but as you can see, I am procrastinating this evening. It’s so easy to put off nighttime writing. I prefer morning writing, too. I try to be up by 5 and writing by 5:30. It’s quieter in the house. The kids and dogs are still asleep, so nobody’s wandering into my office every 10 minutes, judging me.

    • arctic105 says:

      I am also thinking that writing in the morning might be good because life had not yet had the chance to interfere.
      Having a bad day at work can really influence writing and most of the time not in a good way.
      After a good night sleep though I usually feel a lot calmer and can tackle my writing with a refreshed mind and not worry that I am taking my stress out on my characters.

  2. meieast says:

    Coming back from overseas jumpstarted my writing life, personally. I just got back from Taiwan in mid-July, and ever since then, I’ve been writing more than I ever had in my life before, even though writing has been pretty consistently a hobby of mine. I found it interesting when you mentioned you just got back from Korea. I feel (personally) that the expat experience is incredibly valuable for getting the “I-can’t-do-its” out of your system.

    For me, I find I write different things better at different times in the day. Blogs and journals are best in the afternoon, when I’m fully awake. Early evening is best for writing lists and structured pieces, things that are self-contained and have deadlines or easy finishes. Late night is when I work on creative stuff that can take up time until exhaustion. I save early mornings for research.

    I think that as long as you figure out what works for you, you should stick with it! Your reasons for writing in the morning are my reasons for exercising in the mornings, too. 🙂

    • arctic105 says:

      I absolutely agree. Finding personal optimal time is crucial, and everyone who is serious about improving their writing needs to find the time when they can do it the most consistently. Personally I did not think I was a morning person, but when I got the chance to live the morning life I really liked it. Although, I did not have a reason good enough to keep doing it. Now that I started writing in the morning everything has changed.

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