I read a lot of stuff about ways to improve stuff.
Meditation for beginners.
How to up your word count.
How to be consistent with your exercise and fitness.
How to do x,y,z.
It seems that almost all of these things have one thing in common:
They all suggest “just get up a half hour earlier every morning.”
So, based on all the things that I want to do and improve, I should be getting up at 2 AM. Because, naturally, I only need 4 hours of sleep. Riiiiiight.
I conclude all of these so-called experts are morning people. :cue booing and hissing:
Since that’s not gonna happen, I suppose I need to get behind some kind of colonization effort for a planet with a 36 hour day…
Seriously. So many of the things I want to do require QUIET and SOLITUDE. And that’s just in limited supply. I can’t get up any earlier or I won’t function. If I get less than 8 hours of sleep, there should be a terror level warning issued. I am NOT a nice person without sleep.
The exercise happens in the morning or not at all. That’s the thing I get up early to do.
I listened to a compelling argument from Holly Lisle earlier this week about why you should get up early to write, even without caffeine (she uses this really great example about how when you go hunting, you go before dawn to get in position before the game starts moving–which is something I did with my dad growing up, so I totally get that). Wait, you expect me to produce something other than caveman grunts without caffeine? Oh you are HARD CORE.
No question, I tend to write more easily earlier in the day before my brain is cluttered up with evil day job and life stuff, but it’s just not possible. Sometimes I’ll managed to rip out a couple hundred words during breakfast, but there’s just not TIME. Eight o’clock comes way too fast. Someday when I’m able to quit my job? Yeah, I’ll be all over that.
But it was the meditation for beginners that really got me. There’s a lot of “Make sure you aren’t interrupted” being tossed around. Clearly he doesn’t have pets or small children. And if I got up half an hour earlier to meditate, I’d just fall right back asleep in whatever position I chose to use for meditation. It’s why I stopped doing relaxation style yoga first thing. I kept falling back asleep during all the prone poses and even during some of the seated ones.
Maybe I should do a search on all these topics as relate to non-morning people…