Sunday, January 10, 2016

A New Sort of Routine

I've been really beating myself up lately over the fact that I can never seem to find the time to write.

One of my 2016 resolutions was to stay in on Friday nights. I figured this recharge night would be the perfect time for me to work on my second novel.

But this past Friday evening? I was sound asleep by 8pm!

The work week had really wiped me out (I was struggling to keep my eyes open even while eating my supper!), but I was so angry with myself for wasting a perfectly good evening that could have been spent writing.

Of course, these feelings of frustration quickly turned into panic.

"I'm never going to finish my novel. I won't ever achieve this dream! I'm a failure," I told Clementine the next morning.

She looked back at me with her big, dark eyes, and I assume she was feeling very sorry for me.

So this week, I'm going to try something different.

Maybe setting aside evenings isn't the best game plan for me. I spend my entire workday reading and writing, so it makes sense why my brain is mush by the evening (and why I'd rather sit in front of Netflix and paint my nails).

Instead, I am going to get up one hour earlier and use that time to drink my coffee and work on my book.

My mind is definitely sharpest in the morning!

It isn't going to be easy waking up at 5:15, but it will be so worth it.

So onward and upward with this new routine!


  1. I hear ya! I write my best in the morning too--at night my mind is a blur. I know you can stick with it!! You've got this.

  2. Fingers crossed for you, Jenna! I started doing this last year: I wake up at 5:10, and use this extra time to journal, or draft blog posts, or brainstorm new ideas. I'm much more productive in the morning, so I make sure that I'm in bed by 10pm each night, so I can wake up bright and early and hit the ground running. Don't beat yourself up for being tired, it's normal!
    Good luck with your new schedule!

  3. Those eyes though...I'm seriously in love with little Clementine!

    Don't beat yourself up girl! Life gets in the way of passion sometimes. Breathe, clear your mind, and really try to set aside time when you'll have a chance to delve into writing - even if it's at three in the morning!


  4. Good luck with the new routine! I am trying to get up at 5:45am so I can squeeze in a workout (typically Barre3 so not so intense). I set aside at least two nights to stay-in/run errands every week and it is so great!