Have You Cracked Your “Best Writing Time” Code?
I’m usually all full of joy and excitement, but my days aren’t always awesome. I have the occasional speed bump or major delay just like everyone else.
I tallied up that I wrote over 400,000 words last year: 3 non-fiction books and dozens of blogs and guest blogs. I’m not even counting the zillions (zillions!) of emails and text messages. I mean, that must count for another million words right there!
So with a mile-long to-do list, a book in The Miracle Morning book series to oversee, clients to coach, and speeches to give, how do I make sure that my book projects are completed and to my editing team on time?
I cracked my “best time to write” code and I stick to it, rain or shine. Happy or sad. Busy or … busy!
I used to do my Miracle Morning Life SAVERS first thing in the morning. But most days, by the time I got to my scheduled writing block, something else “equally as important” had popped up and before I knew it, the day was gone without a new word written. Not good.
I was in the gym, listening to my thousandth podcast of a successful writer being interviewed. They said I grab a cup of coffee and sit down to write. The house is quiet and early in the morning is when I’m at my best. Me, too, I thought, but I haven’t focused on writing first thing.
So I tried an experiment: get up early, do a couple of my SAVERS while having some tea (and wake up!), then write no matter what from 6 am to 7 am. My average number of words written went from #$%! at least new 1,000 words per day, more than 6,000 new words per week! For a grand total of 252,000 words per year. Of course, I still have to review, rewrite and edit, but I now have a fool-proof (at least for me) way to make sure I am always creating new content.
I’m particularly happy because even if the wheels come off the bus the rest of the day, I know I’ve done at least one awesome thing that day.
While 6-7 am might not work for you, I suggest you identify a time every day when you won’t be disturbed and can write with reckless abandon. Let your wheels of creativity turn and run wild. Make an inviolate appointment with yourself and stick to it. Before you know it, you’ll have more than enough words for each and every project you have on your to-do list.
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