It’s All About The Morning Routine

Day 2 of Reverb10. Today’s prompt is from Mr. Habits himself, Leo Babuta.

Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?

Writing every day for me is actually pretty easy. As a musician, it’s practicing that gives me the most resistance. Writing though, since I don’t call myself “a writer,” is all carrot, no stick.

Over the past 7 years, I’ve been pretty consistently journaling every day. It started with morning pages, written on 3 ring paper and stored in a manila envelope.

Then came the notebook years. I still have them all…

And now I’m really into writing on my laptop (on 750words.com), and blogging on a schedule.

I write in the morning. In fact, I try to do everything in the morning. As the day goes on, all the appointments start piling up – the gigs, sessions, lessons, etc.

I have written about morning rituals before.

I know, without a doubt, that there are two things that rob me of my morning time – the precious time I want to reserve to do all of the important non-urgent stuff. They are:

1. waking up at random times

2. going online too early

It’s been on my mind for a while now. I just got back from a month on the road, and I’m already dying for a solid morning routine.

I have a plan. It starts on January 2nd. (Here’s some advice from Leo on why it’s necessary to create anticipation).

My plan involves incrementally waking up a bit earlier each week while incrementally pushing back the time I allow myself to go online. My goal is to have a morning block of time where I can do the following:

write

write music

practice

exercise


…all before the outside world starts chiming in. That means the digital world as well, and keeping the digital world at bay is as easy as pushing a button.

This month, though, I’m happily hanging out online more than usual to check out all the #reverb10 posts.

(photos by Ali Eisner)

11 Responses to It’s All About The Morning Routine

  1. DC Princess says:

    That’s a fantastic plan. That is something I’m hoping to do as well but the emails that pile up when I’m sleeping get so daunting if I don’t check them immediately in the morning.

  2. ritual. i always used that word with myself and my kids because it infuses meaning. makes it more important. sacred somehow. loved reading this post from beginning to end – and the links in between. thank you.

  3. thanks for reading, guys!

    @dc princess – I know what yo mean about the emails that pile up overnight. But I also think that we all need to allow each other to respond within hours instead of minutes. I guess we set our own standard, and when we reply quickly to emails, people will expect that standard.

    @wholly jeanne – thanks for all of your reverb10 love

    @sarah nicolas – I do love structure. But I won’t cut out the internet completely! 🙂

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  6. Carwin Young says:

    Your schedule sounds nice.

    Instead of doing things at certain times, I simply allot amounts of time to certain things. Music 3 hours, writing 2 hours, drawing 2 hours, reading 2 hours etc… etc… That way every day can be a little different. But sometimes it’s difficult to fit everything in because the schedule is so loose.

    The only time I see morning is when I’ve been up all night. But it’s nice when I see it.

    Good luck with developing your routing. Maybe I can copy it if it works out for you!

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  9. Regarding the writing of morning pages, I often wonder about the virtues of writing longhand vs. typing. I’ve always written longhand, as I love to follow where the pen takes me – sometimes it takes me to scribbling or doodling, and then back to writing. but on the other hand, typing uses both your hands – maybe tapping into both sides of your brain and accessing more of the creative right brain? (for me anyway, cause I’m right-handed).

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