It’s the best of time. It’s the worst of time. Mornings. At first you are still fogged but when you do wake up, the energy is tremendous. For me, it’s better than any other time of day. (Okay, maybe, anytime after a candy bar, but that’s too short-lived.) Lifehacker has a great post on morning productivity: http://lifehacker.com/5537478/top-10-ways-to-upgrade-your-morning-routine
Let me tell you which ones I do:
#10 I am saving the morning more and more for writing and thinking. Even the morning walk with the dogs, if I have already written something, becomes a time for contemplation of character, plot, scene development and such. The trick is to expand that time of writing.
#7 Eat less at night. I’ve begun adept at the nothing after 9 PM rule and it’s usually yogurt or a piece of fruit just before then. So, check, eating right at night. I’m also trying to read more good fiction at night and let the writing percolate overnight.
#6 I’ve read so much about the distraction of email that I rarely go on now before 11 a.m. or noon. Micheal Lewis, in Vanity Fair, talks about President Obama limiting little decisions because they use up decisional energy. I think emails use up creative energy and focus energy. They splatter and splinter your mind with little tasks that seem to be more urgent when they come from others. So, no email until the writing is done.
I will not try #4, no caffeine, but I may do #5 and cut back a bit and watch its effect. Some mornings without that jumpstart I’d watch birds for an hour (not a bad thing, but writing time is precious).
I’m going to try #2, push-ups first thing. I usually do a P90X2 workout in the morning, but I’ll try the push-ups first thing.
And I may try #1, figuring out my peak energy times. I think I know them – mornings, late afternoon, later evening. Now to maximize them.
Which seem like they would work for you?