In a stupid COVID-19 turn of events, my life’s suddenly been turned upside down.
The thing is, I like to workout. I’ve been lucky enough to have access to a small gym that’s operated by my job. Which means that we’ve been allowed to keep it open almost continually through lockdown (with the exception of a few months when things were really kicking off).
Now however, with winter fast approaching, more and more people are wanting to use it and we all have to conform to a strict booking system.
The evening slots fill up pretty fast, so to make sure I get some regular exercise I have to get in there at 6 in the morning, before work.
That’s not a problem. My alarm rings at 05:45 anyway, and I’ll be out the door in five minutes, back at home with plenty of time to shower and eat before I go to work.
The problem is that this was time I used to reserve for writing. I turned my life around a year and a half ago (which you can read all about here) and since then I’ve never looked back. Getting up early, writing a bit every day has been my jam and I’VE LOVED IT.
Yeah, I still get to write daily, because I still have the time after work that I used to spend in the gym.
But it’s not the same. After work, after a whole day of social interaction at work and loads of time to remember all the extra stuff I should be doing, I’m more distracted. Less motivated.
I still get it done, but it feels slower and harder. The beauty of sitting down to write as soon as I wake up (at least for me) is that I’m not properly awake. I’m not thinking too hard about the story in front of me. I let my fingers do their thing, try not to think too much and suddenly writing a first draft is a dream.
There’s no need for thinking during a draft anyway – that comes later during revisions.
Though it feels good to get the workout out of the way early, I’m looking forward to the day I can turn everything back around and get my words out early. It’s the best!
How do you work best? Do you stick to strict habits or do you write when you find time for it here and there between other things? Let me know!