We had temperatures over the weekend exceeding 104 °F or so. I was attempting a sesshin, but by 2 pm realized I had a headache and was getting nauseous – in other words, some heat exhaustion was setting in.
I carefully took myself home. I slept most of that afternoon and, because it was still hot the next day, did nothing much which felt exactly right. In other words, I took good care of myself.
Today when I sat down at the computer to begin my freelance writing day I felt physically pretty good, and mentally like I’d been away from everything for a month or more.
My hit list stood me in good stead and shortly I was working on my primary writing project. Because I am committed to being accountable at least to myself through the hit list I could tell quickly exactly what my main project is at the moment. Since I’m also determined to spend the first hour or so each work day on that project I got busy.
That’s the first hour – not after email, which had stacked up and not with the radio on. Not after a game of solitaire. Not after checking twitter or the 5 Buck Forum or any of the other digital distractions available to all of us these days.
In my case it’s right after meditation, but the real point is that the first hour begins when I sit down at the computer. That’s my own signal for the start of my work day.
Only my senior cat, MzTiz is allowed to interrupt me during that period and then only to check on her food. That’s brief, believe me.
What really caught my attention this morning is how well it works for me to spend that first hour or so on my most important writing.
I was at my most creative – mornings are my best creative times.
Because I’ve been working steadily every workday on this project it was easy to slip back into it even though I’d had sort of a lost weekend and felt out of touch when I started.
I was delighted with the progress I made. Isn’t it great to be pleased with your progress?
Spending the first hour or so on a single writing project doesn’t mean others don’t get done. In fact I find it easier to get client work done and blogs written after I’ve allowed myself to use my creativity and productivity where I think it will do the most good.
John Soares over at Productive Writers often talks about how distractions like the ‘net can reduce our productivity. It’s a site worth exploring.
How do you spend your first writing work hour?