Putting writing first

I’ve been writing first thing in the morning after eating and getting dressed over the past few days, and this has proven to be a good habit to form. Besides writing in an Internet-free environment for an hour or so every day, I get my writing out of the way first thing and don’t have to worry about it late in the evening when people are around and want to chat. Those distractions came close to being my downfall during the first few days of the month. That was when I said, “Okay, tomorrow morning I’m writing first thing before logging into Pidgin or opening my email.” I did just that. Then I did it the next day. And the next. And the next. I caught up with my Jannowrimo goal today, so this habit is definitely a good one.

Putting writing first reminds me of a story I once heard, the story of cramming large stones, small pebbles, and sand in one jar. The solution, of course, is to put the stones in the jar first, followed by the pebbles and the sand. The lesson told at the end the first time I heard it was to put God first in your day. This is no longer relevant to me, but the overall lesson is. Put the important things first. Everything else can wait. Yes, even Twitter.

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