I’ve started to do it again! This week (starting Tuesday), after almost 12 years, I woke up early to write instead of meditating, journaling and reading. It’s been a refreshing change. Probably because by the time I actually go to write, I was already worn out and frustrated. It wasn’t a great experience despite how writing and having written makes me feel (helps me a great deal to sleep peacefully). But of late, even sitting down to write after a long day feels like a chore. One more thing to strike off my list.
So, I analysed my current habits and the changes I could make. Waking up super-early popped in my head because I used to do that from 2002 to 2014. By super-early, I mean 3 a.m., which I can still do but it’s probably not good for my health considering all the work-related stress I have (work is manageable, believe me, I tend to take things seriously) and the amount of physical activity I endulge in 6-7 days a week. Waking up 4:30 a.m. has been a consistent thing over the past few months (before that it was 5 a.m. since 2016, from 2014-16 I woke up naturally at 6-6:30 a.m. and found myself always getting late to the gym and the office).
Earlier this week, I just decided to write a post first thing after waking up (I have a cup of proats – overnight oats soaked in protein shake and instant coffee upon waking up, else I can’t function) and it’s been fun. Seriously! No pressure at all. I can focus on conquering and observing the world all through the day and write about it next morning. How cool is that? (I’m really high on caffeine right now, as you can tell!)
Anyway, the point is this — sometimes you need to change things up to make things work. Writing in the evenings has been a grind. Always has been but I stuck to it because I didn’t want to invest time in the morning when I could be reading. I realise now that I actually can be reading all through the day in bits and pieces and still be okay. But if I miss writing, I’m grumpy. And nobody likes the grumpy me around them. Hence, the change.
Of course, like most things, this is experimental. There’s a high likelihood that I’ll stick with this routine for the rest of my life because it’s frictionless and gets the work done. That’s very important to me. So, if you don’t hear me whining about not being able to take out time to write… you know what I’ve been up to!
P.S. While I write in the morning. I don’t post it until evening. Just in case. There are times I like to edit/modify/add something that I might have accidentally left out. Scheduling the posts, spares me from remembering to do one more thing while having the flexibility to make a change if I wish to. I’m pretty comfortable with that and plan to continue doing so.
P.P.S. I do the same with most outgoing emails. 😉