I was thinking about routines…

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Right around the transition into 2016, I watched a video that gave some tips and tricks on how to become a morning person. I’ve never been a morning person. It’s not that I’m grumpy or angry in the morning, I’m generally a happy camper most of the time. It’s more that I struggle to actually get up.

I’ve thought about mornings and early birds from time to time, with envy, but I never even considered making an effort to become one myself. Until now.

I’ve decided that 2016 will be the year when I get down to business, for real. The year where I do everything in my power to pursue my dream of a published novel. I’m tired of looking at my dream from afar. I’ve been slacking off and making excuses, and it’s not okey! So, I’ve rolled up my sleeves and I’ve started the year with a change of routines.

Instead of just writing whenever that creative flows comes rushing, I’ve set myself a goal: To write a minimum of a thousand words a day. I need more consistency in my writing, and this is a great way to start.

I’m working on becoming a more productive morning person. And here are some of the changes and routines I’ve added to my mornings:

  • I’ve changed my alarm to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it off”, to start the day with a happy wake up call.
  • After waking up, I take a couple of minutes to read the latest news on my phone.
  • When I get myself all pretty, I listen to music that I love, or an audiobook.
  • When I’m satisfied with my paint job, I make myself some breakfast and a cup of warm lemon water with honey. The writing machine needs fuel!
  • I start my morning office with writing in my gratitude journal. Start it all with a smile and sense of bliss.
  • Then I sit down and I write. I have about an hour to do so before I have to get to work, and I’m amazed at how creative and efficient I can be. Who knew mornings could be so much fun?

I’m hoping to really get this routine on from now on, and when I do, my first draft could be done a lot quicker than what I first anticipated. Can’t complain about that!

While we’re on the topics of routines, I just want to mention a few other things that I’m being consistent with these days to make the most of every single one.

  • I listen to a lot of motivational speeches. I find that they really do get me motivated and pumped up about what’s to come.
  • I meditate. Not for long periods of time, but it really helps me calm down and let go if I have trouble sleeping.
  • I’m working hard on getting more organised. Anything to avoid stress and unnecessary dilemmas that could’ve been easily avoided.

 

Small changes, that in a very short amount of time has made a big difference.

It was time for a change and I’m so glad I made it! Now I just have to stick to it, and listen to what my Mac background image tells me:

“Stop messing around and finish your novel!”

Wish me luck!

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