“One study of young professors found that those who wrote a little bit every day were more likely to make tenure than those who wrote in bursts of intense energy (and put it off the rest of the time).”
“Research has found that people who score high on measures of self-discipline tend not to employ this discipline when they do regular activities that would seem to require it, such as homework or getting to class or work on time. For successful people, these are no longer choices but habits. ‘Getting things down to routines and habits takes willpower at first but in the long run conserves willpower,’ says Baumeister. ‘Once things become habitual, they operate as automatic processes, which consume less willpower.’ . . . Successful people turn high-value tasks into morning rituals, conserving their energy for later battles.”
— “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings–and Life,” Laura Vanderkam
Plus, I would add, it makes me feel happy all day when I get the writing done first thing. If I don’t I dread it, or worse, watch it get pushed down the list until it falls off.