Jun 12, 2013 by Lisa A Kramer, in Writing
I like writing in the morning Ding dong, the words are gonna fly Character's speaking Adventures peaking It quickly makes the time go by!
[Sung to the tune of "I'm Getting Married in the Morning]
I have recently realized that I am a morning person.
I prefer to do everything in the morning: exercise, run errands, teach classes, pay bills, and write, write, write.
If I don't get things started in the morning, very little gets done.
Ah, but there's a few problems with this system.
- I'm a director of theatre . . . well, I still want to direct theatre productions. The theatre world is diametrically opposed to those who function better in the morning. So if and when I direct, I need to somehow become a morning person, an afternoon person (for any after school rehearsals) and a night owl. When do I get to nap?
- Lately, the first thing I want to do in the morning is write. That's great, you would think . . . until I become so focused on writing that everything else disappears. Like when Sarah forgot to set her alarm, and I didn't realize she hadn't gotten out of bed for an extra 15 minutes (which for a 10-year-old is the difference between a casual morning and complete panic). Since I'm currently single parenting, losing myself in early morning words isn't the wisest choice.
- Mornings simply aren't long enough to achieve everything I want to do. When I'm in writing mode, everything else seems to slide into lower priority. Exercise? Bah! Cleaning up! Pshaw. Running errands? Later! And of course . . . later is never a good time. If those things don't happen before 1:30 or 2:00, they aren't going to happen that day.
When do you function best? How do you manage all the things you need to accomplish while your energy is high?