So, yesterday I thought I’d try an experiment: I often wake up early (5:00-5:30am), but I don’t usually have to start getting ready for another hour/hour and half. I usually use that time for leisurely waking up, reading, catching up on homework, etc., but I thought that since I was having such a hard time finding writing time during my busy schedule that I would get up and get ready early and use the extra 2-3 hours as writing time. Well, here are the results:
I ACTUALLY got writing done! Yay! I was able to write approximately 250-500 words written on a Sci-Fi story (Project Children) that I’ve been working on (outline, character sketches, etc.). I was able to completely finish the first scene of the story. I also was able write a rough draft of my Teaching Philosophy that we were asked to do for our Graduate Teaching Discussion Group. I was also able to write yesterday’s blog entry and post it on schedule (something that was really hard for me to do all of last week).
You would think with 3 successful writing projects worked on yesterday, there would be no bad side. NOT TRUE! I rolled into my morning duties with no problem, but then I had the afternoon to get through and I was so tired that as soon as I came in I CRASHED. I had so much reading that I needed to do for class, but the moment I opened the textbook the words just all blurred together and I just couldn’t read any of it. I went to lay down to “rest my eyes” and recover, but of course, I fell asleep and it was time for dinner. Also, MTSU’s library opens at 7:00am and I wanted to get there as close to the opening as possible to give myself approx. 2 hours of writing time, but thanks to clothes, traffic, forgetting things, etc., I was only able to get there at about 8:00am and felt rushed to work on my story and the Teaching Philosophy at the same time. So instead of the 2 hours I’d envisioned on when I embarked on this experiment, it really only came out to be 55 minutes. 55 productive minutes, but 55 minutes nonetheless.
The worst part of this is that I was never really able to recover after dinner to read the material for school, so as I type these words, I’m really going to have to really use my morning to “catch-up” and read the material before class today at 2:40pm. While there’s not a lot of it, there’s enough and this is a struggle that may not have needed to have happened. Also, I struggled to get out of bed this morning, so even if I wanted to, there will be no miraculous repeat of yesterday’s writing performance.
So while I was successful early yesterday, I struggled later in the day yesterday and made today a much harder day than it needed to be. The early morning writing works, but I’m going to have be more strategic in where and when I use it (perhaps weekends, holidays, MWFs, TU/THs, not really sure), but I this experiment has given me some idea of my body’s capacities and limitations when trying to find a good consistent time to write.