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Bubastes
10-31-2006, 08:08 PM
Okay, I'm reworking my personal schedule and trying to figure out which task I should do first thing in the a.m.: writing or exercise. I don't have enough time before work to do both. On the one hand, exercise keeps me healthy enough to tackle writing and other projects. On the other hand, writing first thing in the morning is a great way to keep the flow going.

So, which would you pick and why?

Scarlett_156
10-31-2006, 08:18 PM
I don't have any conflict in that department because my dogs force me to exercise at least once a day whether I feel like it or not. If I spend too much time writing (or, heh, WORKING) they will be patient for the first few hours (unless I've given them too much broth to drink) and then start to bother me until I take them out. Of course, getting a dog is not a practical solution for many. I can't say that it has been practical for me-- and yet nevertheless I haven't shot them all yet. Carrying those 50 pound sacks of dog food home from the feed store is also, I've found, great exercise, but it makes my fingers too sore for typing sometimes.

Poetic Pen
10-31-2006, 08:39 PM
This is an easy one for me. I'd choose writing every time but that could be because I hate to exercise.

Freckles
10-31-2006, 08:46 PM
I choose writing, though I really should choose the other. I suppose it's just because I like writing a heck of a lot more! Maybe we could write about exercise and kill 2 birds with one stone?

aadams73
10-31-2006, 09:06 PM
I choose exercise first because I have a dog. It's not fair for her to go without adequate exercise.

In your shoes, it depends what your family life is like and how disciplined you are, and also when you can write better.

Maryn
10-31-2006, 09:20 PM
For me, the decision would be whether if I chose A for my mornings, I'd still do B later in the day. In my case, if I do not use my available energy when I have it to exercise, I won't exercise later. I'll be too tired and that will count as a perfectly valid excuse. However, I won't be too tired to write, especially not when something's itching to make its way from brain to page.

Other factors to weigh besides whether you really will exercise later is whether your writing quality or your creativity suffer by being deferred until later, when you're not as well-rested. I write my best mid-day (whether I exercised before then or not), and my very worst in the evening, because I'm tired. If you see such a pattern in your work, act accordingly.

Maryn, who also can't write well until she's received coffee intravenously

sdarb
10-31-2006, 09:42 PM
Since I've only been at the real freelance thing for about a month I don't think I can give much advice. I get up, fix my coffee and pad back to the office to emerge hours later. I've learned a couple of things about working from home. First of all, hygiene seems to come second to anything. I have a work at home friend who now calls me in the afternoon to see if I've had my shower. One afternoon I looked in the mirror to see Maxine, of the Hallmark card fame, staring back at me - complete with robe and coffee cup. And, who has time to eat???? I found my poor husband eating tuna fish out of a can one Saturday - I had totally forgotten it was lunch time...poor baby

MidnightMuse
10-31-2006, 09:44 PM
First thing in the morning, I drive to work.

Bubastes
10-31-2006, 10:07 PM
Thanks for all of the responses! I live by myself, so other family obligations aren't an issue.

I think I'm going to exercise in the a.m. and write later in the day. My writing quality/quantity doesn't seem to have any pattern (I can write anytime, anyplace, thank goodness). Exericse is one of those things that I don't enjoy nearly as much as writing -- like Maryn, I won't do it if I'm tired after the workday. Added perk I hadn't thought of earlier: I only have to shower once a day if I exercise in the morning.

Thanks again to all of you for your responses!

janetbellinger
10-31-2006, 10:24 PM
Writing, because exercise, when I actually do it, works better for me when my muscles are already warmed up. First thing in the morning, I can't stretch as much as I can later on. Besides, I am at my writing best first thing in the morning .

Tracy
10-31-2006, 10:26 PM
When I walk in the mornings I often 'write' at the same time. Not literally of course, but I rehearse characters' conversations (get some strange looks, natch, but one must suffer for one's art, mustn't one?) and brainstorm ideas. It's good because I don't feel I'm wasting writing time, and it makes the walking a bit more interesting. Also because I'm walking the ideas seem a bit more freeform - I've come up with some good stuff that way.
Also, often if I'm stuck in my writing, if I don't do any EFT to help, a walk can be the nudge I need.

Maryn
10-31-2006, 10:47 PM
Tracy, I do the same thing, mentally 'write' while I walk. Just remember that cars, roller bladers, and bike riders can't tell your head is a thousand miles (or years) distant. I've found it safer to drive to a walking site where I'm safe from cars and only collide with other people once a year or so.

Maryn, built low to the ground, so the other person tends to go down harder

Cat Scratch
11-01-2006, 02:19 AM
I prefer writing first thing. My mind isn't cluttered with To Do List kinds of thoughts, and there is still a dream-like state to my train of thought that lets me write more freely than other times.

I also find a good work-out after a long day can help ease tension before dinner or bed.

Shadow_Ferret
11-01-2006, 06:48 PM
I take a shower and then lay on the couch and fall back asleep.

Guess I wasn't much help. :)

Carrie in PA
11-02-2006, 01:42 AM
I exercise as soon as I get Son on the schoolbus. Otherwise I'd never get it done! And I write better later in the day. In the morning I just want to crawl back in bed. (I am *not* a morning person!)

SeanDSchaffer
11-02-2006, 05:15 PM
Okay, I'm reworking my personal schedule and trying to figure out which task I should do first thing in the a.m.: writing or exercise. I don't have enough time before work to do both. On the one hand, exercise keeps me healthy enough to tackle writing and other projects. On the other hand, writing first thing in the morning is a great way to keep the flow going.

So, which would you pick and why?


I would pick exercise, simply because when I first wake up, I am in no condition to be writing. I have to have at least three cups of coffee, one Lucky Strike, and a walk around the block after sunrise (bad neighborhood) to get myself into proper working order. I usually start writing later in the day, after I have sufficiently awakened from my previous evening's slumber.

janetbellinger
11-02-2006, 05:34 PM
I love doing yoga at night, after I've finished writing. I think it doesn't matter what time of day you write. I write whenever I am able to get together the inspiration, self discipline or both, regardless of the time of day. Yesterday I wrote morning, afternoon and evening. Other days I don't get anything written at all.

Planet Revels
11-02-2006, 09:58 PM
I get enough excercise all day AT work...My mornings are for relaxing. I lay in bed with my fiancee and just talk for about an hour. At work I move constantly, so I get alot of exercise there. While I'm running around at work....I come up with alot of writing ideas. When I get home from work, I write my ideas down and if I'm in the mood, I start writing them. Usually I do my writing before I go to bed.

Moonfish
11-02-2006, 10:09 PM
I try to always write first thing in the morning. If I postpone it, the chores of the day take up my attention and energy.

And I never ever exercise so there's no dilemma...

TrainofThought
11-02-2006, 10:55 PM
Thanks for all of the responses! I live by myself, so other family obligations aren't an issue.

I think I'm going to exercise in the a.m. and write later in the day. My writing quality/quantity doesn't seem to have any pattern (I can write anytime, anyplace, thank goodness). Exericse is one of those things that I don't enjoy nearly as much as writing -- like Maryn, I won't do it if I'm tired after the workday. Added perk I hadn't thought of earlier: I only have to shower once a day if I exercise in the morning.

Thanks again to all of you for your responses!Adding to the responses, I canít write in the morning. My mind seems to pick up speed in the evening. I get up at 5:00 AM, workout for an hour and get ready for work. This way, when I come home, I have time for laundry, grocery shopping, etc. and then fit in writing and AW.

It works and Iím feeling the results. YEAH!!!

Pat~
11-03-2006, 02:42 AM
Writing, because exercise, when I actually do it, works better for me when my muscles are already warmed up. First thing in the morning, I can't stretch as much as I can later on. Besides, I am at my writing best first thing in the morning .

What Janet said :) .

KTC
11-03-2006, 03:38 PM
I DID pick writing. I have tried in the past some kind of exercise regime. Had to give it up. I walk my dog in a conservation area for about an hour each day...we walk for miles. That's all the exercise I need. I tried other forms, but I can't keep on weight. I'm 6' 3" and weigh...at the best of times...160-165lbs. If I exercise, that drops dramatically.

I have always been aware that my synapses are on fire in the morning. I write for about an hour when I wake up in the morning. It's my most productive period of the day.

Arisa81
11-04-2006, 03:46 AM
I can only speak for myself, I would write in the morning, exercise at night. I hate working out and my fiance does it in the evening and I do it along with him. If it were just me I would never do it!

But I do my best writing in the evenings, so I actually have to make time for both some nights. I don't have kids so that's not too hard.

If you have time for one or the other in the morning/evening, working out does get the blood flowing and the mind going.

engmajor2005
11-04-2006, 11:57 PM
If the choice is writing or excercising, I choose writing every time. Then again, I'm not a full-time professional writer (notice the use of the word "professional") and I pay the bills with my eight-hour-a-day job. When I am a professional writer, then I'm sure I'll find an hour a day to excercise.

As it stands now, I get maybe three hours a week of excercise. Most of the time when I have moment to spare and I'm not writing, I actually *gasp* relax. I find no pleasure in excercising you see; I view it as a chore.

aruna
11-05-2006, 11:32 AM
If I have a project (ie a novel to write) I get up at 4 am to write it. It's the only time I have. I write till 7, then do normal stuff which might include Yoga and/or walking the dog, depending on which country I'm in.

Dave.C.Robinson
11-09-2006, 09:54 AM
It depends on work schedule. Normally I work 2-10 so I wake up, walk the dog and then do some writing. I just went to an indefinite 7-3 schedule so I write after work since I have to leave the house before 6:15.

K1P1
11-09-2006, 04:24 PM
Here's what I do:

Wake up early (5 or 6 am) and start writing ASAP before there are any distractions. In between thoughts I nag my kids to get them off to school.

Write until 9:00. Quick exercise routine from the Hacker's Diet (http://www.fourmilab.ch/hackdiet/www/subsection1_2_5_0_3.html#SECTION025030000000000000 0) web site (always takes less than 15 minutes and it really works, but you have to do it every day) and shower.

Leave for day job - drive partway and then walk part way (this is part of the exercise plan - makes sure I walk at least 30 minutes a day on weekdays).

Day job 10:00 - 5:00

Family stuff (chill, dinner, driving kids, etc.) unitl 7or 8 pm

Evening, if I'm still awake, review/revise what I wrote earlier, knit (after all, I'm a knitting writer), buisness (invoicing, pay bills, write letters) and read.

The main problems I run into with this schedule are 1) posting to AW in the morning instead of writing and 2) when a child misses the bus and I have to pull clothes on and drive to school, but I try to treat this as time spent with the child and an opportunity to drink a cup of coffee while I drive.