So, I probably need to start off by emphasizing how impressive it is that I’m writing to you now. I am not a morning person; not now, not ever in my life have I woken up all happy and chipper. In fact, for about a decade waking up in the morning would make me physically ill.
I think my body’s idea schedule would be to wake up at ten, work from noon to eight, and then stay up until two in the morning. That’s where I naturally feel awake and productive.
But life doesn’t always work that way, and I find myself, every day when I wake up, mentally counting down the days until the next Saturday where I can sleep in.
So here it is, Saturday, and I got up at 7:30 to write my book, and I needed to share that with you. My husband and I are going to be doing family stuff all day, and as soon as I tried to use that as an excuse for why I wouldn’t write today, my brain chirped up and said, “Really? Day 3 and you’re already making excuses?”
I know this is going to take dedication. I know it is going to take a real, serious commitment from me. One that I don’t allow myself to flake on. I could have written my words yesterday, and gotten ahead of schedule. And I did get a little bit ahead, but not all the way ahead because I wanted to go out to dinner with my girlfriends.
A commitment involves planning. It involves looking at your schedule and seeing where you can realistically find time available to actually put in the work. I realized, much to my dismay, that the only free block of time in my calendar between Friday and Saturday was first thing Saturday morning, when it would be lovely to be sleeping in.
Well, here I am, ready to rock ‘n roll, and thanks to my husband’s superior server-carrying-stuff-skills, I have a very full mug of coffee at my elbow. Ready to get started.
Day 3, Word Count Goal: 4,125
Current Words Written: 3,125
If you’ve made a commitment to something today, I encourage you to also not flake on it, not allow your brain to rationalize your way out of it. Just do the work. You’ll be glad you did later.