Winning the Morning Battle – My Hour of Power

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.”

Habits, defined as an action one performs on a daily basis automatically without having to conscientiously think about it, are powerful things. They can turn actions into attitudes and attitudes into a lifestyle that is difficult to alter or give up.  It becomes the norm. The standard. The ritual.

For the longest time, I regulated my writing time to “hobby” status. This means I was trying to fit it in when I had down time, after all the chores were done and felt I could take a few selfish moments to wax my creative side.  But at the end of my day, I was pretty much done and looking for down time. I had very little creative spark to lit my fire to write — not even a shopping list.

“The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.” — Ernest Newman

Like all passions, I began to feel the need to create but lacked the time to do it.  Or so I thought. I took a hard look at my day and realized I was essentially wasting one of my greatest resources — my time.  I found I was wasting productivity in a variety of ways, from scanning Facebook posts of the same meme to reading uninspiring celebrity gossip articles. Needless to say, I gave those up.

Then I started looking at how I mortgage my time.  I have always been an early riser and actually function better before 9 a.m. than afterwards.  According to an interview with Robin Sharma on the February 2013 Success Magazine CD, one must “take back their mornings and win the battle of the bed.”  By this, he means get up an hour early and use that time to focus. Read the blogs, magazines or books that inspire you. Write for an hour or so.

Instead of staying up late and following the same routine of TV viewing, get a jump start on your day, tap into the creative side and hit the sheets a bit earlier.  It really comes down to where you want to funnel your energy — watching tv or writing during prime time?

Since April, I have risen 90-minutes before everyone in the house. I use that time to read, listen to CDs and write. I feel more productive and like I have taken the reins to guide my passion — rather than just trying to fit it in.  My alarm clock going off in the morning is actually something I look forward to every morning — including the weekends.

Aristotle once said that “We are what we repeatedly do.”  Why not install a habit that transforms your life. Make practicing your passion and creativity a daily habit.