Chances are you are not writing in the morning.
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?