NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a yearly tsunami of habit changes, some of which stick around a bit past November and some of which die off more quickly than anticipated. For lo, NaNo is nothing if not the month of good intentions.
This year is no different from the nine-thousand (read as: six) Novembers that I’ve faced before:
I plan on eating better.
I plan on walking more.
I plan on Getting Out Of the House™
And I plan on getting up early… this time for more than a week.
However, I’m going to go at that last goal a little more carefully than in 2010. Yeah, I got a heck of a lot of words written in that first week, but from the 12th to the 27th I was pretty much dead to the world– with small signs of life on the 25th.
Sudden dramatic changes only stick if you have an outside motivating force that won’t let you quit. Since getting my wordcount in before work is neither critical to my survival nor immediately rewarding (after the first week of NaNo euphoria wears off)… the alarm clock is not going to work.
Thus I need to find a way to make waking up at 5:30 something a) I look forward to and b) cannot escape.