Kelly Maher

Switching things up

Yesterday I switched things up and got up early. Really early. I set the alarm for 6 am, and eventually got out of bed by 6:30 am. I whine about my normal alarm time of 7:30 am! I did this not so I’d get to the day job early (and therefore *leave* early), but to do write my daily words before going in around my usual time. I had a revelation last night that I was getting home from work and wanted to do nothing but crash. The last few days, all I’ve wanted to do was read. I’m sure the heat is part of it, but it’s not all of it. My day job is not especially onerous, but after spending over 9 hours between commuting and doing the job, I’m drained at the end of the day. So when it was after 10 pm on Tuesday night and I’d yet to write my words, but couldn’t find the energy to do anything but crawl into bed I knew I needed to change something. That something was my alarm time.

It worked pretty well as I was able to write 2000 words in an hour and a half. I did it using four 15-minute timed sessions. The time flew, and I felt so relaxed at the day job since I didn’t have to worry about having enough mental energy to get the words in after I got home. I am definitely going to continue to do this. I’m also plotting a change in writing schedule to give myself weekends off. If I can do 2000 words each weekday morning, not only can I take weekends off, but I will also finish earlier than I had originally planned! With this new buffer period, I’m not going to rake myself over the coals if I don’t hit 2000 each day. But with having weekends off, and doing the words before I go into the day job, I’m hoping I won’t be as mentally exhausted when it comes time to write.

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