Lisa A. Kramer

Author, Speaker, Theater Artist, Creativity Facilitator

Juggling Time

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]

Enhanced Clock

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.
Ah, the joys and challenges of trying to live a creative lifestyle. What's a girl to do? Right now, this girl is going to write.

When do you function best? How do you manage all the things you need to accomplish while your energy is high?