I Am Not a Morning Person (just do the thing)

Today my alarm went off at 5 a.m. I got out of bed at 5:15. I had an email from my agent and I always try to respond to her first thing because we're in different time zones, so I want to make sure she doesn't wait any longer than she has to. I went back to bed and gave my husband a cuddle because it's his birthday. Then I did yoga for about 20 minutes, made a protein smoothie for breakfast, took a shower, and now here I am with a free 15 minutes before I have to leave for work. I am not a morning person.

Well, I guess that's not strictly true. In order to get things done in life, I have to get up early. There's just no other option because I become a groaning zombie at about 9:30 p.m. so there's no chance I'm getting work done then.

Hang on a minute, you're thinking. That means you are a morning person if you get more done in the morning than you do at night.

Ah, yes, but the reason I'm such a useless pile of exhaustion at a time of night where university students are just hitting their stride is because I get up so early. So while the average 20 year old probably has only been up for 11 hours by 9:30, I have been up for more like 16 or 17.

Okay, okay. We get it.

The point I'm trying to make here is, you may prefer to stay up late and sleep late in your ideal world. That's how I was for a long time. When I lived in London and didn't have class until 2 in the afternoon, I would often stay up until 4 in the morning and then sleep until 10 or 11. That was perfect for me because I always felt rested, I got tons done, and I was even able to Skype with my family whenever I wanted because the time difference doesn't matter when it's the middle of the night and I'm still wide awake.

But, as most of you know, adulting usually means leaving your ideal world behind. The dream of life on stage in front of adoring fans often fades to distant memory as you sit at a desk or deliver another round of refills to a table. The late nights listening to music and drinking with friends in college is replaced with calling it quits at 9 so you can be home in bed by 10 -- and everyone else is thinking the same thing, so it's not like you're lame.

I'm just not a morning person. I think people use this excuse too often to get out of things they don't want to do.

I don't have time to write, they say. My whole day is packed. 

I would write a book if only I had time.

When do you find time to write?

In the morning, friends. Ungodly hours of the morning. I don't leave for work until 7:20, and it usually takes me about 30 minutes to shower and get ready. So why do I get up at 5:15? To write. Today, I'm writing this blog.

I don't care if you're a morning person or a night owl. If you're a writer or a painter or your personal brand is taking selfies with colorful cats. Just do the thing. Do the thing you've been putting off doing until you have more time.

There is always time. Turn off the TV. Set the alarm to wake up before it's light out. Burn the midnight oil. Whatever you have to do to achieve your goals, do that thing.

And if you get cranky with me and leave a nasty comment, it's okay. I'm not a morning person either.