What do you do as soon as you wake up in the morning?
I usually check my phone. But for a month I broke this habit to try ‘morning pages’ – a tool that made a huge difference in my life.
‘Morning pages’ is a tool that was developed by Julia Cameron, the author of The Artists’ Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity. The concept is simple: every morning, you wake up and fill three pages with words. You write, stream-of-consciousness style, about whatever pops into your head. This could include the tasks ahead of you for the day, your immediate thoughts, random ramblings, reflections on past events, and more. The idea is to ‘dump’ all your ramblings into one spot so that you can clear your mind and make sense of it all.
Ideally, you should do morning pages before doing anything else, including checking your phone. Personally, I wrote my pages out while sitting in bed, just before I make my morning coffee. The things I wrote weren’t beautiful pieces of writing—as Cameron herself explains, they don’t have to be high art.
I became interested in morning pages after seeing them being used more and more in the bullet journal community—online followers of the trend that combines day planners and daily journaling. (Here’s everything you need to know to start a bullet journal.)
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While I was skeptical about the hype around it, morning pages really did change my life and boost my productivity. Here’s how.