Why do I get up at 600 AM?
I commented to someone last week that it's been five years since I've held a full-time job, and back then I had two. I was able to hold two because the hours for grading papers was flexible and I was efficient in my work. These jobs, teaching assistant and AmeriCorps volunteer ended when we had our first daughter. In the five and a half years since then I've always had an itch to do something. Defining myself as just a stay at home dad isn't quite enough. I'm incredibly grateful for the days I get to spend with my daughters, but I also need to do something for myself. To do something I get up at 600.
For the past half year I've been working on The Fatherhood Book. This project goes from exciting me immensely to being a pile of dog crap that I need to clean off my lawn. Writers say this happens often so I'm on the right path. I've written and edited almost all of it during my two hours in the morning. The book is a short 20K words, but it's the first 20K word project I've begun and almost finished.
In the mornings I also find guests for 27GoodThings.com. This site earns about thirty dollars a month through the Amazon Affiliate program. I run the site because I love finding good things to read, watch, and use and it allows me to connect and help other people.
In the mornings I also write the posts for this site. Usually that means I write a handful of posts one morning and schedule them to be published later. This post for example, was drafted on November 31st.
There are some mornings I get a lot done and some very little. On a weekly basis I'm working about eight hours on these projects. Eight entire hours, that's a lot. If someone were to come and take my daughters at 900 and return them at 500 on day a week I would be blown away by that amount of time. I have that time, in chunks.
This has been another lesson of NaNoWriMo (my other lessons). Any few minutes can be used. My list of chores to keep the house clean are all just a few minutes long. If I can fill in that time during the day, cleaning the car while waiting to drop someone off at school or tidying the kitchen while helping with homework, I then have more time at other times. Time enough to maybe write a book or work on a blog.