Mark Noldy


3 Reasons I Wake Early

Some people think that getting up in the wee hours of the morning is for the birds. For years, I had gone to the gym to exercise at 4:30 every morning. I always felt too tired at the end of the work day to pump iron. So I turned it around and started exercising in the morning. Not only did I get my workout “out of the way,” I felt refreshed and more alert at work.

Presently, I’m working at writing my first novel. They say every person has at least one novel in them. But with a hectic lifestyle, my choppy schedule had become an issue. It’s important to me to be a good dad, and I like to see all my daughters’ activities, so I decided to resurrect my old morning routine. Except now I am writing and exercising. I am now over 15,000 words (update: 22,000) into my debut novel The Good Samaritan which I hope will be available on Amazon Kindle Summer 2017.

Here are the main benefits that I have found from writing from 3:30 to 4:30 in the morning:

1. Selfishness

At 3:30 in the morning, I am all alone. It is peaceful and quiet in the Noldy house. I pop a K-cup in the Keurig, fire up the MacBook and relish in some ‘me time.’ Being selfish at that hour is allowed. Just ask Jon Acuff. (Read Quitter.)

2. The Muse

The Muse is usually very feisty at this hour of the morning. I find she usually whispers in my ear exactly what to write. Meanwhile, the Resistance is still upstairs sawing logs. I have been easily writing 500-1000 words before my first cup of joe is gone. Some days the ideas keep flowing, so I keep on typing. Other days, I reread what I’ve written. (That’s a bad habit from academia — compulsive editing on the fly.)

3. Hypnagogia

I think writing shortly after experiencing hypnagogic sleep makes me more creative. I experienced a first this week. I reread something I wrote that I didn’t really remember writing. Weird…

While waking up early may not be for everyone, I highly recommend giving it a try. In a few weeks, my body adapted, and now I can’t imagine sleeping in. Even on weekends and holidays, I find myself waking up by 5:30 am.

What’s your morning routine?

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