A couple of days ago, I had to get up very early–I set my alarm clock for 3:15 AM–to take some family members to Los Angeles International Airport for a 6 AM flight.
These days, I seldom even get up before 6 AM. In fact, my goal is generally 6:30. But years ago, when I had a full-time job as an in-house attorney, I had to get up much earlier, especially when my job moved from 10 miles from my home to 50 miles away. Iâ€™d already begun publishing by then so my coworkers knew that, when I arrived at 6:45 AM, I wasnâ€™t really â€œthereâ€ because I would write for an hour before the official starting time of 7:45.
But since then, even when Iâ€™ve had law projects that required me to work in an office, Iâ€™ve seldom had to get up very early. Which now seems a bit of a shame!
On the day I went to LAX early, the drive from my home near Studio City was only about a half hour each way. Compare that to the usual round-trip drive to LAX of at least a couple of hours, thanks to traffic.
I was able to get in a workout at Curves that started at 5:45 AM. I returned home for breakfast and obeying my dogs, then started writing this blog plus my Killer Hobbies blog to be posted this week.
And then I got to work writing.
Okay, I admit that my eyelids were a bit droopy, thanks to my fatigue. Even so, it felt refreshing to start working so early. I think I even got a bit more done that day than I would have otherwise. Although I also admit to taking a twenty-minute nap–and that I still would have liked to have accomplished more.
Will I do it again? Iâ€™d like to, especially if it helps my writing productivity. Not sure yet whether I will… but I hope so.
How about you? Whatâ€™s the earliest you get up to write?
Incredible what off-hours can do to traffic patterns, isn't it? As I usually write from 7 PM to 10 PM, there's no early rising for writing. I like to get the day's obligations out of the way so I can write with a clear conscience.