I Wake Up Two Hours Early Every Morning to Accomplish Nothing

And yet, it’s the most productive part of my day. Here’s how I spend it.

Crissi Langwell 🦋

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Photo by Amy Humphries on Unsplash

Years ago, when I decided to take my author business seriously and publish one to two novels each year, the biggest change I made was to my morning routine. Instead of sleeping in until it was time to get ready for work, I set my alarm for two hours early so I could write. As soon as the alarm sounded, I’d make a beeline for my coffee and then sit at the computer, typing out a few pre-writing lines until I was awake enough to write for real.

I’ve always been a morning person, so it’s natural for me to dedicate the first part of my morning to the thing I care the most about. Not just for writing, but for the seasons I dedicated my energy to my physical health. Like most people, I dread the gym. But when I go to the gym first thing in the morning, I get it done and can move on with my day.

Waking up early was great for when I decided to go back to school, and was probably the only way I was able to do this and still work full-time. I’ve used my early mornings for getting caught up on chores, writing freelance articles, work on my newsletters, or begin the day with a fast walk or slow jog. Every morning, the alarm goes off at 4:30 a.m., and I’m up to accomplish the project of the season before I head off to grind it out at work.

And you know what? I’m effing tired.

If 2020 and beyond has taught me anything at all, it’s the importance of NOT being busy. All this hustling in the early mornings was fine when things were normal. But now, I’m running on fumes. Waking up two hours early to grind it out on anything feels like torture. To spend the best hours of my day tied to a computer or braving it at the gym feels hard. Not to say these things are bad, but for me, it’s just not working.

“If you’re always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you’re in? Slow down and enjoy the moment you’re in and live your life to the fullest.” ―Nanette Mathews

I still wake up two hours early, though. I love the mornings. I love the quiet of them…

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Crissi Langwell 🦋

Romance & women’s fiction author. I write on Medium about a variety of topics because I’m not good at staying in one lane. crissilangwell.com/links