Struggling to meet your daily word count?
Here are 5 quick and easy tips to help you gain an extra hour of writing time in the morning:
- SET YOUR ALARM CLOCK 15 MINUTES EARLY. This will give you the head start you need to shake off the grogginess and think clearly by the time you need to be B.I.C. (Butt In Chair).
- PREP YOUR MORNING CHORES THE NIGHT BEFORE. If you’ve got kids to get ready for school in the A.M., pick out their clothes, pack their lunches, and hang their backpacks by the front door. If you’ve got furry kids (dogs), fill their bowls with kibble and store the dishes up high. In the morning, you’ll only need to place the bowls on the floor and watch the kibble disappear (as you wait by the door with leashes in hand).
- PREP YOUR COFFEE/TEA THE NIGHT BEFORE. If you own a Keurig (like most of us do), make sure it’s filled with water and there’s a new pod ready to go. For those of you still using coffee makers, line it with a new filter, scoop in some granules, and clean the carafe. And for all you herbal tea drinkers (which I sometimes am), pre-fill your kettle and have your favorite flavor tea on hand (mine is Celestial Seasonings Peppermint). Now, grab your lucky writing mug and you’re all set. (If you don’t own a lucky writing mug, check out our Writer’s Shop.)
- PREP YOUR BREAKFAST THE NIGHT BEFORE. Most of us morning writers, don’t eat breakfast unless you consider coffee a meal. (Maybe we should call it “breakfast soup”.) Regardless, at some point, we must stop and eat (at least that’s what my sons keep telling me). The problem isn’t the eating, the problem is that we (us writers) don’t want to stop writing to prepare the food. And that’s exactly why she should prep our “writing fuel” the night before. Even if it’s just a juice or smoothie (these are my go-to breakfast choices). You can chop up your fruits and/or veggies and place them in a freezer bag. Then, in the morning, dump the whole bag into your blender and give it a whirl. And if cereal’s your thing, buy a few bowls with lids and fill them for the week with your fav cereal (mine’s Lucky Charms). You may not think a bowl of cereal takes much time out of your day but if we‘re going to squeeze out an extra hour of writing time, using only these 5 tips – we must make every second count.
- PREP YOUR WRITING SPACE THE NIGHT BEFORE. Have everything you need for the next day’s writing session ready to go. Your computer/laptop should fully charged with the charger nearby. If you‘re going to be working on your storyboard or outline, have plenty of index cards on hand. If it’s an editing day, grab every red pen in the house. Notepads, paper clips, Post-It Notes, everything, should be at your fingertips. And, finally, hang a sweater on the back of your chair in case it gets cold. The less time you spend away from your desk, the better.
Try implementing at least one of these tips this week, then add another and another (until you’re doing all five), and see if you’re able to gain an extra hour of writing time. What are some of your time-saving/writing tips? Tell us in the comments section below.
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