I haven’t written a long, rambling blog post in quite a while. I’ve just been so busy! And I post short notes and pictures on Facebook and Twitter every day so no-one will be wondering if I’m dead. But today I just feel like rambling. I’ve noticed over the past several months that my work schedule has completely changed. For years I did the “get up early to write and exercise before the day starts” thing…. and in a way it was necessary because I walked with my mother before she went to her job at 8am, and my husband had to be at work before 5am, so we went to bed early. But now that no one in the house has a set schedule, I find that I’m staying up later at night and sleeping until 8 (or sometimes later) every morning.
I don’t like to rush around in the morning. I’m not a morning person. I never have been, even when I was getting up early to write and walk at the crack of dawn. I can’t speak to anyone in the morning because I’m completely crabby. I don’t jump out of bed the first time my eyes open and shout, “Hallelujah! A new day dawns!” I pull the covers over my head to block the light, shut of my alarm (which for some odd reason, I still have set for 7:30), and catch another few winks. These days, I barely get going before lunch. At first I felt lazy and guilty about this. But why should I? I am still getting a lot of work done. So what’s the difference when I do it?
It’s interesting, this way of life, where I’m following my energy instead of someone else’s ideas about how a work-day should progress. I feel quite meditative in the morning, and I can almost physically feel the things I’m working on sorting themselves out in my brain. When I sit down to write after lunch and in the evening, whether it’s something for my day job or my own writing projects, it seems like the writing flows much more freely. Yes, writing is still hard work. But I think by NOT writing in the morning, I’m giving my mind more time to be ready. Somewhere, under the surface, I am actually preparing to write. Something that I was never able to do before with the prescribed schedule of writing first thing.
Doing something first thing in the morning is NOT what gives it priority in your life. Doing it when you have the most energy, and are most productive, and get the best results is what honors your craft. So that’s what I’m doing now. I never have been able to force myself into a schedule since I quit working in an office over 10 years ago (I work from home for my day job too), but now I’ve settled into a nice routine where I think in the morning, and check email and go on twitter and facebook, and daydream and take a walk; after lunch I write and handle work tasks; I take off from 4 to 6 for a dinner break, then I work on writing, research, editing, and knitting in the evenings, often while “watching” TV at the same time (sometimes it’s more like background noise, which helps me concentrate).
Well, my coffee is going to get cold, so I’m heading back to my morning reverie and getting ready to finish revising a major chapter in my book this afternoon.
Enjoy your day!