Over the past few months I have been rising in the mornings with Doug, around 4:45 a.m. At first it seemed quite early to rise, but I have adjusted; I pretty much wake up now on my own around this time, on most mornings during the work week, and even sometimes on the weekends. (We do make sure we go to bed early during the work week). I am working on final edits for my photography project, and I find that I work best in the early morning, versus other times of the day, while the entire the house is very quiet, Victory is back in our bed resting (after potty), and meanwhile, it is still dark outside. It is also nice to watch the sun rise. So if you are trying to get a project done or trying to find extra time in your day to get something done or begin something that you always wanted to do, I highly recommend utilizing the early mornings. You will be amazed how much you can actually accomplish during this time frame.
What I have found from this practice is that it is best to show up every single day, even when it’s hard. I have also found that it is best to suspend expectations and the be present and in the flow of work and not be occupied or concerned with what gets done or how. Some days you will be ‘in the zone’ and everything will flow; and other days, you will feel tired, the work will feel more difficult to wade through, and it feels like little progress is being made. Sometimes, however, when you hit a roadblock, it helps to step away and work on something else and come back to the issue that is giving you a problem or difficulty; giving space, during these times, will help the issue resolve, without much effort. It is amazing. Sometimes I will be stumped on an image that I have been working on for a long time, without resolve, and them I step away for a couple of days, and it finally resolves, i.e., I figure out what I need to do to make the image work. Nevertheless, just keep going. Roadblocks are not permanent, they are chance to persevere.
“I work all the time. I never leave home. I mean, I just stay honed in on what’s ahead.” — Sally Mann
“It is the thousand of days of trying, failing, sitting, thinking, resisting, dreaming, raveling, unraveling that we are at our most engaged, alert, and alive.” — Dani Shapiro