I hate to admit it, because I love my morning walks, but I’m having a productivity dilemma because of them.
I’ve discovered that early mornings are really good for both my creativity and my productivity. While I’m sitting there with my coffee, I’ve been getting so many ideas I have to keep my idea journal at hand. And a lot of the ideas I get make me want to go, go, go—get things done, tick things off the to-do list. That whole rah rah rah I’m productive thing that, frankly, I hardly ever felt until recently when I started getting up early to go for my walks.
So the problem? I finish up my coffee, and go for my walk. I have a great time while walking, and sometimes I even stop somewhere for fifteen minutes or so and get some meditation in. But when I get back, that whole productive feeling is gone. Pufffft. Nowhere in sight.
I figure there are a couple of solutions:
1. I should spend the first couple of hours after waking up sitting at my desk and writing and working, and then go for my walk.
2. I can try taking my walk at night instead.
The problem with solution #1 is, now that it’s summer, things start getting hot around nine o’clock, and I really really really don’t like walking outside when it’s hot.
The problem with solution #2 is I can have all the best intentions of walking later in the day, but the way things work around here is, stuff (as in the general “stuff” of life) always comes up and before I know it, it’s pretty late and I need to be heading to bed, not going out for an hour-long walk.
Sadly, there’s really only one solution, if I want to continue my morning walks and also make use of this newly found productive/creative time in the mornings.
I have to get up even earlier than I have been getting up. Somewhere in the vicinity of 6:00 a.m., which to me seems like quite an ungodly time of day. But if I can manage to do that, I can actually write/work for two whole hours, while also leisurely drinking my coffee, and still be out and about for my walk before it gets too hot.
Not sure if I can do it, though. But I’ll definitely give it a try!