Perhaps it helps that I’ve had some background of being a morning person out of work related necessity. I worked a lot in cafes and therefore being ready and bright early just started to flow after a while. I’m also an insomniac so I kind of get a version of both with exhaustion kicking in somewhere midday. As I steer closer to my existence of working on my creative endeavours full time, my focus has become more about how to best use my time. I’ve always had the job that set the days program and now I will be doing that. I won’t go into the specifics of it all because it is not as mountaintop-with-guitar/notebook-and-windswept-hair as you think. The image I chose probably doesn’t help with that. I wanted to represent time.
So much gets piled on mornings I’ve found. There is so much of that “first thing in the morning” suggestion out there that I almost think it is like your early years of child development. Everything calls for attention. The evenings are like later in life when you can relax.
Which thing do you do first? For me its morning-page like free writing with coffee and something light after a walk and then bass practice before steering into the primary work that I do. I’ve heard exercise and water should be first. The Artist Way series got my writing going first. Some of these things I like at home and others out. I don’t know who else feels this but there is some thing in leaving the home to work on a creative process elsewhere. Your away from home distractions and you know are there to do the work. The word work shouldn’t scare creators away. Its still creative but as Billy Joel said “there’s a job…there’s a gig here…”
All of this hinges on any kind of major event. And yeah, I do like structure. It’s my parents coming out in me. My mom is the creative and my dad is the logical former service planner for Hydro.
And so I’ll be up again, in the young hours with the practical and exhuberant playing out.