Many of us don’t use mornings most effectively. Many of us are not even morning people. I wasn’t until I figured out that mornings were my ticket to success and I had to overcome the inertia that was causing me to sleep in and feel unproductive. These negative feelings can have a major impact on your self-esteem and self-confidence as a writer.
If you are one of these people who tries to wake up in the mornings and yet is not successful, here are a few things you could try to be most successful.
• Track your time in the mornings.
Determine what you do. Do you put on a load of laundry, followed by vacuuming and washing dishes? Or do you sit and read the morning newspaper? Write down what you do for a week.
• Picture your perfect morning
What do you see yourself doing if you had the perfect morning? Would you write for 1 to 2 hours and then put on some breakfast for your family? Or, would you perhaps take a shower and then have a healthy breakfast? Write down your perfect morning in your writing journal. Brainstorm a few different ideal mornings and pay attention to what you gut is telling you about it.
• Think of the logistics for your plan
After you have brainstormed a few different morning rituals and chosen one, determine how you plan to pull off your perfect morning. So, if your ideal morning consists of writing for one hour before going to work, you should plan to do the following:
Go to bed a bit earlier the night before;
Make sure that your writing space is ready and conducive to writing when you wake up;
Set your alarm and plan to wake up one hour earlier;
When the alarm rings, get up immediately—forget about that snooze button;
Get to your writing desk and write.
• Build a habit of writing every morning
Turning a desire into a ritual requires a lot of willpower. It will take at least two weeks to build one. So, make sure that you write for two or three solid weeks in the morning and see how much you accomplish. If you need to tweak the schedule, do so. But remember you need to write first in order to be most productive.
The first few days will require a lot of motivation. So, here are a few tips to keep you on track:
Start slowly—don’t plan to spend more than an hour at first each morning;
Monitor your energy—don’t overdo it;
Choose one project to work on at a time;
You may want to bribe yourself at first to make sure that you wake up and get the writing done first thing. For instance, you may choose to do something for yourself at the end of the week if you wake up five mornings and do your writing.
• Tune up things that are not working. If everything is working then you could just continue with your goal of writing first thing.
Irene S. Roth