I love to follow Christina Katz at Prosperous Writer. Today she asked a question that was particularly applicable to GardenWall Publications, and to me, personally. Does being rhythmic help you as a writer?
I know, I talk about fitness a lot. I’m somewhat obsessed. I love being strong and thin and healthy. I joined this incredible workout group that meets at 530 in the morning OR 530 in the evening. I originally joined the evening group, hoping to go with my personal circadian rhythms. I’ve always fancied myself a night person. The group is INCREDIBLE, but, with summer here and kids home, the evening class no longer worked out for me.
So I took the plunge and began working out at 530 in the morning. Every weekday morning. For a month! Those who know me realize how absolutely nutty this is. Yet, it’s working.
I love giving me “me time.” I like meeting my own needs before the rest of the house wakes up. I like getting that jump on the day. It’s so surprising to me, but it just works.
Today was the first day (although I tried out the morning class a couple times). After the class, I came home and worked for a while before the kids woke up. I got a jump on the day and my work output today nearly doubled. I’m happy.
My point is that perhaps writers, managers and entrepreneurs should try to shake up their “rhythm” sometimes. People change. Obligations change. And change is sometimes great! It worked for me.