Many writers want to be more productive. There are all sorts of tips available, and I know I’ve offered them in the past. Right now, I’m going to focus on just one tip to become a more productive writer. It’s one that I use now and then, especially when I know I have a lot to fit in. This morning, I only used it because I couldn’t sleep! I decided to get up earlier.
Getting up earlier can give you those extra hours in the day that you need. You just have to be careful about how much earlier you get up. Here’s how you can become a more productive writer by getting up earlier.
Everyone Else Is Still in Bed
It’s the main benefit that I focus on. This morning I was up at 3am, but usually it’s around 5 or 6am. Getting up this early means that most of the house is still in bed. If my husband is up, it’s because he’s getting ready for work and on his way out of the door.
I get a couple of hours to just write. There’s nobody asking me for things, and no distraction from the TV in the background.
The distraction online is also less common, since many friends are still in bed. Those who are overseas are likely other writers, and understand when I don’t respond right away.
You Get More Done
How many of you are more productive first thing on a morning? It just seems to be the time of day when you can get more done. Before you know it, those first few hours have gone and the time is dragging to the end of the day.
You may as well use this hours more productively. Get up and get through as much as possible. The idea of getting on with your work, so you get to do whatever you want later will push you to keep writing.
Remember to have that morning coffee fix if you need it. It’s the first thing I do when I get up!
Nothing Interesting on TV
If you get up around 7am, there are high chances that you pop the TV on. I know I’m guilty of turning it on to catch the morning news. When my daughter is up, the morning cartoons are turned on before she goes to nursery.
At 3am, there’s definitely nothing on TV! I used to stay up late a lot during university and pulled some all-nighters and never found anything interesting on before 6am when the news would start.
With nothing interesting on TV, you’re less likely to turn it on. That means you just get on with your work!
You can become a more productive writer with one simple change. You don’t need to get up earlier every morning, but making it a regular part of your week will really help. It’s a little different for me at the moment with being pregnant right now, but I’d love to make it something I do at least twice a week next year because I really do get so much more done! It would be even better if I could go to bed a little earlier the night before knowing I was going to get up earlier.
2 thoughts on “Become a More Productive Writer By Getting Up Earlier”
I can definitely see getting up early as a good strategy. I’ve love my sleep too much though, so it doesn’t work for me. (I’m useless early in the morning). I find it helpful to work with my natural energy rhythms: I more active and energetic at night, so that’s when I do a lot of writing. Sometimes way way way into the night. Everyone’s asleep, so I guess its almost like getting up early, except I never go to sleep. 🙂 Thanks for posting!
I used to be a night owl and loved to do all my writing at night. As time’s gone on, I’ve moved to writing first thing on a morning. I’ve changed a lot since having children in terms of getting up on a morning because that’s the only time I get to myself! 🙂