Wake Up in the Morning Feeling Like P Diddy

Posted on 06 June 2011

I recently discovered a new potential writing spot that opens a half hour earlier than my usual places. Do I dare discover what my life will be like if I try to wake up at 5:15am to get there on time?

Pro: It would let me put in a longer session before work in the mornings. Con: I’m not exactly a picnic that early in the morning. Pro: The drinks at this place are top-notch. Con: I can’t even imagine what work outfit I’d throw together at 5:30am. Pro: I could befriend a new bus driver on the super early route. Con: The last early-morning bus driver kept hinting he wanted to overthrow Peter and marry me himself. Pro: Just shut up and do it, Laura. (The early writing, not the spouse swap.)

What will I decide? Only time will tell. But if you see me staggering around with uncombed hair and mismatched clothing, I think you’ll know what I chose. Or not. It might just be Monday.

What do you wake up for? How early is too early? What happens when you get dressed in the dark?

Photo: Adam Fowler

9 responses to Wake Up in the Morning Feeling Like P Diddy

  • Averil Dean says:

    I get up at 5am every day. It’s a habit, but one I’m grateful for as time goes on. (Although I did mismatch a pair of scrubs once, dressing in the dark. Luckily, Drew comes to work a couple of hours after me, so he bailed me out.)

  • Lyra says:

    Do it. Carve out that time. You’ll know it’s too early if you can’t write, bbut you won’t know that unless you try.

    I keep tossing around getting up at 4:30, but I hit the snooze until 5:30. Without knowing it. I need to go to bed earlier than midnight, but that’s my writing time too.

    I may try again for the early bird hours…let me know how it goes. You be the guinea pig, okay?

  • I love writing first thing in the morning, but unfortunately, I also love staying up late. When left to my own devices, I stay up well past midnight or 1am — and going to bed at 1am and then getting up at 5:15am is not going to be good for anyone in my vicinity. But I’ll try to get to bed a little early (“early” is 11:00-11:30pm) this week and see if this works.

  • Teri says:

    I no longer function in real people time. I’ve come to accept it. This morning I was up at 4:30 because I woke up with an idea, that ended up being a kind of stupid idea, but I couldn’t go back to sleep. I wrote for 2 hours and accomplished not-so-much and now I’m just tired.

    For the last 2 weeks I’ve been up at 3 and 5 a.m. because the French Open tennis tournament is on, and I’m nothing if not a sports addict. I’m so bad that, at the end of Australian Open, I actually go to bed a 8 p.m. and set my alarm for 1 a.m. to get up to watch the championship finals, live.

    I write best in the middle of the night. Always have. In fact, I wrote the initial draft of my first published piece from 2 a.m. until 5 p.m., straight through. That’s how powerfully it hit me. When I went back to read it a few days later, I was shocked at coherent it was. I’ve trusted those kinds of things ever since.

    Call me crazy. Because I’m pretty sure I am. It’s not unusual for my husband to see me in my pajamas at noon or to wake up at 3 a.m. and wonder where in the hell I am.

  • Between 3:30 and 4:00. The most wonderful time of the day. Silent. Black. Replete with potential and brimming with never ending beginnings. I wish it could last forever.

  • lisahgolden says:

    As much as I detest giving advice because we never really know where another person is coming from, here’s a bit of tried and true from back when I used to get up at 4:30 a.m. to take the train to downtown Chicago to work from 7:00-3:30.

    1. Lay your outfit for work out the night before. And/or…
    2. Keep essentials at the office, if possible. I used to stash shoes, pantyhose, and a slip in a drawer and a couple of skirts and slacks, blouses, a cardigan and a black jacket on a hook on the back of my office door. I took them to the cleaners by the office when necessary. I wore jeans and casual shoes to and from the office and changed my clothes when I got there and again before I left.

    That worked for years. I was no fashion plate, but it cut down on the chances that I’d end up at the office in nothing but a pair of sweats and my favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers tee.

    Small sacrifices to facilitate a good writing experience, right?

  • I think about doing this sometimes, too. I imagine the quiet that will greet me in the house as I labor over the page. Inevitably I can’t keep up the dedication when it is time to roll out of bed. When I had a regular 9 to 5 gig, I did wake up really early every day to write. But now, it is a dream for me. I hope you can make it work.

    • While I wrote before work a few times last week, it definitely wasn’t early enough to get to this other cafe by opening time. I’ve been telling myself it’s because I’m so busy trying to get ready for all my traveling, but I think we all know it’s really because I’d have to be dragged from bed kicking and screaming that early. But once things settle down this summer, I’m going to try it for real.

  • David Abrams says:

    Because I have a “real” 40-hour-workweek job, and because my wife kindly requests that I spend the after-work hours with her (what the hell is wrong with her?!), and because I am a man who requires the pattern of routine, and because I have a basement office which is blessedly quiet when the upper three floors of the house are all chaos and noise and galloping cats’ feet….

    I rise at 3:30 every morning, microwave a mug of coffee, and make my way downstairs to the keyboard.

    Wardrobe? T-shirt, gym shorts, and slippers. Fashion is the least of my worries at that hour.

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