I know, I know, I'm gorgeous enough not to worry about losing beauty sleep, but it's still tough.
It's especially harder when trimming the sleep comes early in the day rather than late at night. You know what I'm talking about -- being up on the wrong side of 5 a.m. When a story calls and you have to ride the creative wave, though, it's worth it, but it adds up.
Now that I'm back in the saddle and conditioning for NaNoWriMo by fixing my first POS manuscript, it also means I'm back to getting up insanely early every day to do a little extra writing before I got to the j-o-b.
But what can you do to make being an early bird (especially when you also are a night owl) a little less painful?
I say have fun and start your day off right. No, I'm not talking about adding chocolate to your morning coffee -- though I do buy flavored coffee to give me that extra little excitement in the morning -- but I mean making your day good the moment you wake up.
But how do you do that, Laura?
Well, friends, I'm glad you asked. Because I am a completely ridiculous person with a silly sense of humor, I find setting personal messages on my cell phone alarm works. Not only does reading something funny -- or because it's me more likely nerdy -- catch my attention, but it makes me laugh first thing in the morning.
Laughing first thing in the morning serves two purposes. One: It jolts me awake. Have you tried to fall back to sleep after having a fit of laughter? It's not easy. Two: It puts me in a good mood. Even if I don't plan to write in the morning, having that extra bit of humor gets the day started on a positive note.
I started doing this about six months ago, and I've built up my line-up. Some only make their appearance once and others are part of a carefully cultivated permanent collection. I took screen shots of my phone yesterday so you see my current wake-up message line-up.
|Do I even need to explain this? If you|
don't get it, then you obviously aren't
a courageous reader, who is willing to
blush and giggle for hours at a time to
read one of the most talked about books
of 2012. Obviously.
Do any of you have personalized wake-up calls? What are they? If not, what would be the best message to get you up and going in the morning?
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