What are ‘Morning Pages’ ?
Have you heard of the morning pages?
Known as one of the most profound and empowering tools for cultivating creativity, personal growth, & change ‘Morning Pages’ is a stream-of-consciousness style of writing that helps you basically purge your thoughts before you start your day.
This routine (and book) by Julia Cameron says that every morning - soon after waking - you write about three full pages of longhand. The idea is to start while your brain is too bleary to censor itself, so you can write more freely.
Cameron suggests while beginning this routine nobody reads your pages, not even yourself. This provides a space for creativity without judgement. Once you’ve learned to turn off your inner critic while writing, you can transfer that talent to other areas of your life too.
Why should we journal?
This practice is followed by thousands of people including the likes of Tim Ferris.
Studies have shown that journaling about life experiences improves subjects’ health and well-being. Expressive writing has also been associated with improvements in everything from mood to grades, memory, and athletic performance.
Break the rules
What if you’re not a morning person, or have a crazy morning schedule (e.g running after the kids)?
Don’t use that as an excuse to not journal at all.
You actually can write your pages any time of the day, but it’s good to set a schedule. And on mornings when you CAN write them, try to get them done early. Also don’t let the three pages scare you off. Break the rules aim for one. Once you have the habit in place you can then work your way up.
For me, writing my morning pages is a way of dumping all of my thoughts. One page can even be just a list of things I want to do for the day/week. Giving myself these 25 minutes helps with my stress levels and gives me direction for the day.
Sometimes it’s a freaking struggle to write anything at all, let alone 3 pages.
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