Ah, bedtime, land of noddy winkums, snooze city. But wait, don’t go there yet. If you are planning on writing in the morning, taking a few minutes before bedtime to get ready for the next day will ensure you a much better writing experience. In fact, I’ve realized that I can view my whole day as a pre-writing routine. As in, everything I do during the rest of the day is done with the idea that it serves to protect and create my writing time.
Here is my before bedtime routine:
*Clean up the kitchen and get the coffee maker set up
*Pick out clothes for the next day
*Shower or bath now to save time in morning (or have dry shampoo at the ready)
*Check schedule for next day so I know if I can write for a full two hours or just 20 minutes
*Stop surfing and get to sleep by 10
On nights when I don’t do this, I end up running late, and it cuts into my writing time. Sometimes I even have to skip writing. Argh.
When the kitchen is clean, it is easy to slip into my office knowing things are presentable or could be in just a few minutes. The other night I stayed up late to research my novel, after a big afternoon cup of coffee, which didn’t serve me at all, since then I was too tired to make much writing progress the next day.
Even though I try, I don’t make every item on the list everyday. But that’s okay, because at least I know what to try again tomorrow. And when I nail it, it feels so good. I now use a reminder on my phone, so at 7pm it goes off to remind me to follow my routine. I’m considering moving the reminder to earlier, like 5pm. I seem to have a barrier to going upstairs to my bedroom until I have to. I think it is because the bedrooms are so cold and dark and I tend to think that after dinner, it is my time to surf the web. On weekends, I am also not getting my writing done, and I know I could, if I continued to follow the routine like I do for the week.
Do you have a routine you follow to write? Does it involve a cup of coffee or tea?