Challenge,  On Writing

Scheduling Silliness

No Idea What I Was Thinking…

Clearly the thinking part was the problem. You see, I came back from this last trip used to getting up at 6 in the morning. I had worked my schedule back to that the week before I left and just felt like I had gotten used to it. I had to be up that early for both the driving and the 16 hour days in the warehouse working. After a week it just didn’t seem hard or painful anymore.

So I get back to Vegas, totally exhausted, and am thinking how much better it would be if I just stayed on that morning schedule, wrote and stuff in the morning, then did other stuff in the afternoon.

Yup, me, a confirmed night person of 40 years, actually thought that might work. (Snort!)

The drift back to night was so consistent over this last week that someone could build an atomic clock around it. I got back one week ago tonight, and here I find myself, 2 in the morning, writing this.

And feeling fine.

But being a morning person seemed like such a good idea at the time.

It seems that “good idea” time was earlier in the week while I was still exhausted.

So now back on my night schedule once again, not as bad as I was when I lived on the coast, but still up later than most.

Seems that all of us just have natural times. If you find yourself fighting the time you are trying to write, maybe do as I did this last week and focus on the writing, not the time you do it, and see where you end up on the clock.

Doing that certainly confirmed a bunch of stuff for me this week.


  • Kari Kilgore

    The drift back to a night owl schedule you could set an atomic clock by…

    Yeah. My whole life long.

    I would LIKE to write early in the day, and I feel great when I do. And it just comes much more easily to me well after dark.

  • Kate Pavelle

    I used to be a night owl until the kids came along. Then I learned to get up before they did to catch some quiet time. They are both adults now, and I still wake up by 7:30 at the latest. Even if I pull a night and go to bed in the wee hours of the morning.
    Except then I keep nodding off over my keyboard, and have to break up my screen time with physical activity to rejuvenate myself. I don’t think I’ll ever be a true night owl again.