This post is being written in the basement of my work’s office building. Not as dark and dingy as you may think. It’s a recreation room with walls segmented into mad colours, sofas, tables, a TV (thankfully not blaring out Breakfast, this morning), and me and my lap top. It’s 7.15 in the morning.
I will happily sleep in until eleven on a weekend, but my motto when it comes to my day job is get up, get in and get it over with. If I’m in early I can be gone by 4.
This pattern is also shared by a co-worker who, with the best will in the world, talks really far too much for 7am in the morning. On the first day back in the office after New Year, suffering from the January Blues, I pulled into the car park and saw him striding in to the office. The thought of trying to organise my daily work load while he persisted in trying to draw me into a conversation that my brain wasn’t awake enough to process, I came down to the basement to hide. While I was down there I wrote out a blog post in my diary. The next day I came back with my laptop.
It means that my work hours are reduced and consequently I don’t get as much flexi leave, but I am writing a good 200 – 300 words a day before anything else happens. Words that I’m writing before my back starts to ache from sitting too long, or my head starts to hurt from staring at a computer or before I get home feeling so completely drained that all I want to do is sit on the sofa eating ice-cream and watching Come Dine With Me.
The crazy thing is that I actually get excited about coming in to work now. I have a great deal to thank my co-worker for, but I don’t dare too. There is a real risk he would be understandably upset, but there’s also the possibility he’d come down here and join me.
How does everyone else sneak in a daily word count? Have you discovered a writing routine that has transformed the way you work?