Success only flourishes in perseverance -- ceaseless, restless perseverance.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Rise and Shine!

"Retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated." Doctrine and Covenants 88:125

I've usually interpreted this scripture to mean, "Get to bed before 1am and get up before 10am." Yeah, I'm not much of a morning person. I can remember a time, when I was pregnant with my second child, I think, that I got up at 6am to write. But then sometimes I think aliens must have abducted me and implanted a false memory. I mean really. 6 am! That's insane.

However, with the beginning of the school year, I felt that I should make a bigger effort to get up and see the kids off, at least the elementary school kids. So, I made a goal to go to bed by 11:30 and get up by 7:30. Hard! I promised myself I would try it for two weeks no matter what, and then if it doesn't work, I'll go back to the night owl routine. I decided that I would spend an hour writing in the morning, since I'd be going to bed about an hour earlier than usual. I started on Monday, and so far, so good. My body hasn't quite adjusted yet. I tend to lay awake after I get in bed, but getting up is getting easier every day, and the morning writing is going quite well. In fact, I spend more like two hours, so it's nice. I'm only three days into the two weeks, but I feel pretty optimistic about it. I think it will be good for me.

On a side note, I stopped working on the new novella and I'm concentrating on revising the novel so I can get it out to beta readers. I'll let you know how that goes.

25 comments:

Linz said...

Good for you! I am not a morning person either, although I do get up insanely early for training runs. It's the only time it's cool enough to go here... I don't like it though.

Good luck with getting up early every day!!

Cherie Reich said...

Good luck with the new routine and revising the novel!

Angela said...

Good luck with rising early. I have no choice in the matter. My kids wake me up at like 5:30 or 6:00 every morning.

tiffany said...

good for you i need to get back to work so i can get back into that routine

David J. West said...

I'm a nightowl and no amount of outside pressure really changes that, just makes me grumpy in the mornings.

Keep on truckin...

Kim Coates said...

I SO hear you on this. I really struggle with going to be early. And then I dread morning. If I get to bed earlier, and wake up before the kiddos, I'm always in a better mood. I should try the two week test run, and see how it goes. I should... :)

Dawn Kurtagich said...

What a spectacular view! Thanks for sharing!

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Shifting writing times, changing schedules, can reap benefits, but takes time to adjust.

Good luck getting your work out in short order to your beta readers!

Stephanie McGee said...

Good luck with the new routine and the revisions! Adjusting to a new routine is always difficult. It's much nicer to just laze about, isn't it?

Carolyn V. said...

Good luck with the time shift. I'm trying to do that with my kids (just by a couple of hours) and I am exhausted!

Karen Lange said...

Keep us posted! On the writing and the new routine:)

LTM said...

I am OH so not a morning person either and both my children are early risers... mbrrr...

Good luck w/your revisions, and in other news, hubby just went to see Gordon Lightfoot in concert! How 'bout that? Said it was very good, but ole Gord's gettin old. :p

Lisa said...

Mornings are so quiet and peaceful. That is the best time, in my opinion, to have good "me" time. No distractions from anyone. The phone doesn't ring. And I'm wide awake and ready (compared to nights when I'm dozing where I sit).

What time do your kids head to school? Mine are on the bus by 7:25. School begins at 8.

AstonWest said...

I'm very much a morning person, and always have been. I find that by the time the afternoon and evening roll around, my mind is absolute mush. But at 6AM (and sometimes earlier), writing just flows most of the time...

Angie Ledbetter said...

Gotta follow me another Angie L! Have a great holiday weekend. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Good luck with rising early. I used to think 7a.m. was too early. Now, with my husband's schedule, I think 7 a.m. is sleeping in . . . crazy stuff, but I like my mornings. I love seeing the sun get brighter, and being able to walk when I might get glimpses of deer, rabbits, and lots of birds.

Angie said...

Sorry I have been slow in responding this week! I do so appreciate all your comments. I admire you morning people! It has been nice. I revised two more chapters before even getting on the computer this morning, so that's good!

Amie B said...

i am so not a morning person either. i'm with you on that one!

my week? 1 am bedtimes. and getting up at 630 am.

exhausted. completely.

T. Anne said...

I hear ya. I'm trying my hardest to get up earlier in the mornings. I hate it so!!! Good luck with the Novella!

KarenG said...

I woke up early always when my kids were young, now I do what I want! Good luck with that novel. It sounds like you're an amazingly prolific writer. So nice to meet you!

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I'm a night owl, too. But I also try to get up around 6:30. What can I say? I'm conflicted. :)

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Aubrie said...

Good luck with your revisions. You'll get back to that novella when you're ready!

I'm not a morning person either, but I try to get up early everyday: around 8am, and go to bed around 11pm.

lotusgirl said...

Those are the hours I'd like to live with. Alas. Who gets the kids up when you sleep til 10? My life forces me up at 6am. My daughter has early morning seminary.

Valerie Ipson said...

I admire morning people from my bed.

Keep us posted on how it goes for you and maybe I will try rising earlier. I have to get by 7:15, but not because I want to.