A time of promise and possibility, before the day’s obligations begin to crowd in.
It is by far my preferred time to write.
On the days I actually manage it, it seems more magic than usual happens for the rest of the day.
Beyond the magical quality, here are seven very good reasons why writing and creating fabulous content works so well at the break of day.
1. It Leverage Your Subconscious
While we sleep, our subconscious is hard at work. It is distilling, pondering, processing ideas and impressions from the day before.
It is drilling through memories and our personal database to collect relevant fragments of information, emotions, and formulating solutions.
Notice how when you first wake you tend to have a dream “hangover”, a sensation or feeling, more than actual thoughts of something.
Leverage this sensation to pour out your content from your head and heart right onto your keyboard or onto that beautifully pristine page of your journal.
You will find that writing comes easier when unencumbered by the editor in you is still in bed, fast asleep, while you sit next door, creating freely.
2. Gets The Most Important Thing Done
Regardless of the kind of online business you are in, chances are you have content to write.
Blog posts and book outlines.
Sales letter copy and product descriptions.
Social media updates and autoresponder emails.
The thing about creating content is that it is probably the only thing you shouldn’t outsource.
Your content needs to have your voice, and there’s no one better at expressing your voice than you.
Focusing on the one task you do best in your business, and focusing on it first thing in the morning is a powerful way to start your day.
3. You are At Your Most Physically Fresh
Unless you work the night shift, chances are you are freshest physically when you first wake up.
(You just burst out laughing, didn’t you?)
True, some mornings are just hard, especially if it is one of those morning-after-the-night-before situations.
Mornings are probably not too easy if you’re working through how to get your baby to sleep through the night.
Yup, been there too, so if this is you, I feel for you. Don’t worry too much though – she will sleep through just before she leaves for college, so only 17 years or so to go.
Jokes and new parents aside, for the vast majority of us, first thing in the morning is when we are at our most fresh.
Take advantage of it. Why give your best morning energy to something that doesn’t need it, like reading the news or your boss’s emails?
Head straight for your writing spot and start creating as soon as you surface.
4. You Are Mentally Unencumbered
When you first rise, your mind is clear.
Granted, this is probably not you on the morning of an important interview.
But for the most part, you are mentally clear when you first wake up.
Carefully protect that state until you get can to a keyboard or journal, and create some killer content.
Then, after you’ve fully taken advantage of an unpolluted head to unleash your creativity, you are free to allow mundane thoughts about laundry and the state of your bank account come in and crowd your head.
You will be amazed at what you can effortlessly create with a clear head, and it is by far easiest to be in that state first thing in the morning.
5. You Are At Your Most Motivated
Mornings tend to be when you are at your most hopeful and motivated, especially if you’ve had a good night’s sleep.
Your ambition and dreams are raising their head and standing strong, before having to contend with nay-saying reality crowding in as the day progresses.
Grab that feeling of motivated hope and put it work in creating your best content.
Let those feelings of hope linger, and spill over into more and more of your day. You will find that your motivation will be naturally nurtured through your morning writing spurt.
And get this: a pleasant side effect of lingering motivation is that it will get you out of bed tomorrow, so you can do it again!
6. Gives You An Endorphin Rush
I love the feeling that I’ve got 1000 words done before anyone even begins to stir in the household.
Other days, like the morning-after-the-night-before, that particular rush doesn’t come until later in the day, but it is still one of the first wins in the day.
Countless successful authors and entrepreneurs all swear by focusing on the most important task first, and for most of us online business owners, the most important task is content creation.
I’ve come to look forward to the endorphin rush I get from seeing the Scrivener notification that my session target has been met (usually 2000 words), or knowing that the first draft of the blog post is done and dusted.
7. Creates A Powerful Habit
Writing first thing in the morning and doing it consistently for several days in a row begins to create a habit.
A powerful habit.
Imagine if you were to write even just 500 words first thing in the morning, just on weekdays.
The compound effect of creating blocks of content consistently results in not only lots of completed products, but creates a routine that removes barriers to content creation.
I’m guessing that writing first thing as a habit is probably much more useful than drinking coffee.
You could even combine them – write while you have your first cup of coffee.
“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”
― Saul Bellow
Writing at dawn is a sure-fire way to build consistency, and we all know that consistency is a major factor in building skill and success.
Before you discard this idea, insisting that you are a night own, remember that your own personal dawn could be at 10:00 am.