Morning Rituals


English: Alarm clock Polski: Budzik

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I read this blog post by Kimanzi Constable over at MichaelHyatt.com this morning and had to chuckle. It’s about morning rituals and starting the day off right.

I get asked a lot about when I find time to write. I mean, with a family of six, a full-time job, church responsibilities, life responsbilities, when do I fit in time for crafting stories and visiting other realities?

It’s not easy but it’s all about the morning for me.

My alarm goes off at 4:25 am and I hit the snooze button once, get out of bed and head downstairs. After firing up the computer I check emails, check Facebook, and a few other websites I visit on a daily basis (drudgereport.com, theblaze.com, michaelhyatt.com). Then I get started on the writing. I usually have to quit around 6:45 am to get ready for work, sometimes this works out well because I can time it that I’m at a chapter or scene break, other times it’s like walking away from the table in the middle of a really good meal.

I then read some Scripture, get ready for work, then head off for a day of dealing with the problems of others.

Most nights I go to bed around 11. I’m asleep within 30 seconds of my head hitting the pillow. No kidding. People ask if I get enough sleep. I tell them I catch up on my sleep while I’m driving :)

So what’s your morning ritual like? Is it relaxed and unhurried? Or is it a mad dash to get ready and out of the house to get to work or school on time? Is there anything specific you do every morning that prepares you for your day?

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Mike Dellosso is an author of wide-eyed suspense. He writes stories that not only entertain but enlighten.

Posted on March 9, 2012, in Life in General, Writing Life and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Jennifer Tipton

    I get up at 5:30am and get 3 of my boys up for school and on the bus by 6:20am. I turn on the news during this time, feed the dog take him out, feed the kids and make that have everything. Then I pray with them. I check Facebook and emails and then I get my oldest up and get him going on his homeschooling. Check emails and FB. I pray and talk to God when I get up 5:30.

  2. When my husband gets up for work every other Wednesday to Saturday for his long 12-hour work week, it’s 4:30 a.m. and I stay up. I work on writing, blogging, or do that review or finish that story, then at 6 or 6:15 a.m. I work out and get ready for work. At lunch time, I write and in the evenings I read. On the weekends, I spend hours writing. And on Sunday I serve and Sunday afternoon yet more writing. I seem to breathe the written word. :o)

  3. My writing time is all over the place. I am a radiologist and our group covers four different hospitals and we have 8 different “rotations” some days beginning at 630 other days at 9 and one rotation that goes from 5 PM to midnight. So, it can be tough carving out time to write. I try to reserve a week off here and there and really hit it hard that entire week. But, I can manage to catch an hour a day at least for writing and social media stuff. The key is to sit down at the beginning of a week and set aside those hours and then stick to the schedule. It means learning how to say “NO” to a lot of requests, particularly at church. Right now, God has put my writing as my main activity for Him and I have to turn down mission trips and Saturday luncheons and ministry opportunities that other people can fill. I don’t want to fill up a divine vacancy that God intends for someone else. This then, is the hardest thing for me: saying “NO” to good ideas so I can say “YES” to God’s idea for my life. Great post. I wish I could fall asleep instantly, but it never fails that I start working that scene as I’m drifting off to sleep and I have to grab my iPad (I keep it by the bed) and make a few notes.

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