Thomas Magnum on the 80s tv hit series, Magnum PI, often spoke of "my little voice."
I knew, having read Early to Rise over the years, that Ballantyne was one of those guys who liked to get up at 5 in the morning, and plunge into work. My own preference for getting a later start has kept me from giving serious consideration to his ideas, and maybe that was part of the reason why I didn't start at all.
Now I was desperate. Besides, I had this little voice which kept saying, "Writers write." And for Ballantyne, writing was his top priority, what he did when he did at the top of his day before many people have even got up.
I had to take Ballantyne seriously.
Later in the day I was using my Kindle desktop app, and saw that I had Ballantyne's Time Management: How to Get More Done in Less Time.
I had bought it back in May, and barely looked at it. This week I read it in one sitting. For Ballantyne, the top priority is his writing. He does that first thing in the morning for a couple of hours. He doesn't even look at email until at least 10 am. He wrote about how hard it is for some people to transition from one activity to another (an executive function issue), and I was saying to myself, "Yeah, that's me." He suggested everything else in one's day is more likely to fall into place when a person gets up early and focuses on his top priority for a couple of hours.
Reading all of this on Monday, I decided I'd get up at 5:30 am Tuesday, and I set my BlackBerry's alarm accordingly. When I got up in the middle of the night, having had a poor sleep, I turned off the alarm. I got up about 7:30 am, my usual time. I felt crappy all day. But I read Ballantyne's words again. I decided to set my alarm for 6:45 am, and be working by 7:30 am. Here I am now, writing for the last hour and a half. I hope to gradually set my alarm earlier and earlier so that I can become comfortable getting up at 5:30 am.
So, I'm back.
During the summer, I was aware of coming back to interests and concerns which had once been very important to me. Fortunately, they provide much to write about. I have now the challenge of maintaining my writing while doing the reading and research which will lead to a continual flow of blog posts.
I can hardly wait to see what happens! :)