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:
…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)