The Extremes of my Productivity

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Are you a night owl or are you the early bird? What’s your most productive time of day? When do you do your best work?

I’m at the extreme on both ends of this productivity spectrum. I am really productive first thing in the morning, especially if I work out before hand, but I find I am more creative at night. I like to work on the blog in the morning, which I feel is a bit more analytical work. As I drift off to sleep I come up with these scenarios or ideas that I think would be great to write about, but as I am drifting off it usually gets lost by the time I wake up. So my problem is trying to hold on to the ideas I have simmering in my head at night to keep them fresh so that the next evening, after dinner, I still have them in my head. I know a lot of people say to keep a journal, but the thought of getting up out of my “almost asleep” state to just wake up again does not appeal to me; maybe I’m just not dedicated to this writing thing enough.

I love the work I get done in the morning though. With my cup of coffee and my mind racing with all these thoughts on what I can get done for the day; never mind that most of that productivity seems to dissipate around 1130 with the morning haze. The issue with my writing schedule, is that at night when I feel more creative, I am already tired from my day at work and whatever else is going on, so sitting down and working again (no matter how enjoyable it is) doesn’t appeal to me. Though when I do sit down and start writing I have a great time and it’s not taxing at all, I just need to get into a better schedule. With my husband gone for 45 days I think I will have the time to do so. Those significant others just get in the way of so much don’t they.

From what I have discovered about my production levels, it would make sense for me to write more in the morning, but does that mean I need to wake up hours earlier to get some creative time in? I love my sleep, and I really love staying up to read, so I just don’t see that happening. Honestly, I think I just need to set a certain block of time aside everyday for writing, have it like a meeting or something so no one bothers me and no one expects me to be available. Ideally, I would also have a separate space to write in. I have my home office, but in our small apartment I can hear my husband watching the TV, or the neighbors dogs/kids, and there are so many distractions that I often find myself somehow on Amazon looking at things I don’t need; maybe I need a typewriter. . .

How do you designate writing time? I obviously need all the tips I can get.

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4 thoughts on “The Extremes of my Productivity

  1. Hi, I am not a morning person (that was the title of one of my first blog posts) but I do get a lot of great ideas when I first wake up. Unfortunately they have to roll around in my brain while I get ready for work and while I am there. Sometimes I will jot some quick thoughts down so I don’t forget them. A man in my writing group told me his English Professor dad always said “Time and Place” as in have a specific time to write and a specific place to write (like you were suggesting to yourself). It is an idea I am trying to adopt, but haven’t quite established yet. Also a writing calendar. You have so many great ideas on your blog and I like how you are working through many of the same difficulties with writing that apparently most of us seem to face – at least that’s what I’m learning. Following you because I like your style of writing, like your comments the books you’re reading and I think I can learn from you. Best wishes to you as you persevere.

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    • Thanks so much! Its comforting to know that the issues I face as I try to adapt to “being a writer” are not unusual. And I’m certainly glad my writing style appeals to you! That’s such a prominent aspect in gaining an audience. I’ve not read books because I didn’t like the authors style, so it’s good to know at least some people like mine!

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