A friend of mine who quit smoking after over ten years of being a smoker told me that what annoyed hir the most was that, shortly after zi quit, and zi was dithering in addiction-influenced uncertainty about whether or not to go back to it, zi noticed that zi actually felt better: more lung capacity, less lethargy in the latter part of the day, etc. It irritated hir to admit that zi was actually happier and healthier not smoking, because of course that meant zi had to stick to it.
I know the feeling. For the second day in a row, I got up earlier than I wanted to, and made myself sit down at the computer with a fresh pot of coffee and write. No shower, no changing out of my pajamas, lest I feel ready to present myself publicly and hit the streets/walk away from my work. No dithering for half an hour thinking, "What would I like to eat for breakfast?" before throwing on some clothes (see above) and going shopping/out for breakfast. And – this is key – no turning on my internet for at least an hour.
Result? The manuscript chapter I'm working on at present has more than doubled in size over the last two mornings. I'm pretty happy about it, except for the inescapable conclusion that I am more productive when I wake up early than when I sleep in. Which kinda sucks. 'Cause I love sleeping in. But I guess that's not what research postdocs are for, are they?
2 years ago