I have a terrible habit of hitting the snooze button every morning, at least once, usually twice. Even though I’ve always been a morning person, I’m not the sort of morning person who jumps out of bed with a smile on my face.
What does get me out of bed is my morning routine. I know that the more times I hit that snooze button, the less time I’ll have for what is undoubtedly my favorite part of the day.
It’s my favorite part of the day, because I get to do the work I love most. I get to write.
I wrote my first book by waking up early. I write all of my blog posts, because I wake up early. I write morning pages every day, because I wake up early.
Waking up early is the one habit that makes me a prolific writer.
Knowing that I get to do the thing I love most is enough for me to stop hitting the snooze button. It’s enough for me to wake up early and leave the comfort of my bed.
When you wake up early, you get to:
- Work on the projects that are most meaningful to you
- Write hundreds of thousands of words every year
- Feel a sense of accomplishment as you go about your day
- Know that you are a writer without feeling like a fraud.
You don’t have to run a gajillion dollar company, build rockets, or be a tech Goliath to get up early. You just have to be hungry, focused, and creative.
Leave the comfort of sleep and start your day with doing the thing you love most. Wake up early, and you have all the time to do everything you want.
Here’s how you can make that happen:
- Plan your night. You won’t be able to get up early, if you don’t go to bed early. Structure your time, so you can get a good night’s rest.
- Set up your space. Know where you’re going to write and set up materials. The fewer choices you have to make in the morning, the more successful you will be.
- Have a few ideas. Think about what you want to work on, so you don’t spend the time piddling around. I write morning pages before I work on other projects. You can also set aside a list of writing prompts.
- Have a cup of something happy. French Press coffee is my drug of choice. Make yourself something that make you feel good about getting up ass early in the morning.
- Schedule a block of time. When you schedule a time to write, say, between 5:30 and 6:30, shit gets real. You have structure. You’re less likely to get distracted by something else and more likely to hold yourself accountable.
It will take several days to get in the habit, but it will take no time at all to see the rewards.
Before you start, it may feel like a hassle to make the change and get up early, but when you get to do what you love, it will feel as natural as breathing.
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