Morning Pages are a practice that can transform your life by helping you clarify what matters most in your world—and begin bringing those values alive within yourself each day. They are a form of journaling – and with that comes a heap of benefits.
- It’s a great way to get your thoughts out of your head, and onto paper or into the computer.
- You can also use it as a tool for self-reflection and personal growth.
As the name suggests, the activity of writing morning pages is completed as close to when you wake as possible. When you write in your morning pages, you are likely to find patterns in how you think, feel and behave that were previously hidden from view; this can be an important part of the process of change.
Morning pages are journaling for 3 full pages.
Morning pages are a form of journaling. Instead of writing about your life, you’re supposed to write down all of your thoughts and feelings on the page. This can be anything from mundane “I’m tired” type statements, to more expressive and emotional language. The idea is that getting these thoughts out in front of you will help you clear them from your mind, so they don’t build up until they become overwhelming (which happens way too often).
Morning pages are designed for this purpose: to allow us an outlet for our negative emotions, so we don’t let ourselves get bogged down by them throughout the day (or week). They’re meant for us not just as individuals but also as people who interact with others—we need a system in place when dealing with other humans because there’s no telling when someone might trigger something in us that causes hurt or anger or frustration (or any other negative emotion).
Morning pages can be about anything you want them to be about.
Morning pages can be about anything you want them to be about. They are not a diary or journal, they are not a to-do list, they are not a problem solving tool, and they are not a list of things to do.
So what are they?
Morning pages are simply three pages of longhand writing that you do first thing in the morning (or whenever is your most productive time).
The purpose of writing morning pages is to get your ideas out onto paper—even if those ideas don’t seem like important ones at the time. By doing this exercise first thing each morning before you start your day’s work, you’re giving yourself permission to explore any thoughts that may have come up during the night but weren’t able to be addressed until now because there wasn’t enough time left over after getting ready for bed and sleeping through the night ahead of it. The goal isn’t necessarily clarity or results from these early-morning scribbles; rather, it’s just letting go and allowing yourself some space away from whatever project might be keeping you busy throughout most other parts of each day so that when it comes down again at night with fresh eyes everything will feel easier because there won’t be as much pressure associated with completing something by deadline or worrying about whether or not people will approve since everyone else has already approved themselves within their own mindspace behind closed doors where nobody else can access without permission granted first through verbalized means before moving forward towards completion logs being signed off upon completion documentation being provided upon request (which may vary depending on job position type).
The most important thing to remember when doing morning pages is to not judge your ideas. The goal of this exercise is to get all the thoughts and feelings in your head out on paper, so just let them flow out of you without worrying about spelling, grammar or how they sound. If an idea doesn’t make sense at the time—that’s okay! You can go back later and make more sense of it then.
Morning pages are best done first thing in the morning.
They are a habit, so be consistent: do them every day.
The most important thing is to do them when you want to do them, not when someone else wants you to. For example, if you’re an early riser (which I am), then it wouldn’t make sense for me not to write my morning pages at 6am before I started my day. But some people prefer writing at night or during their lunch break—and that’s fine too! Just as long as they get written down every day they’ll be effective in helping with whatever challenge is going on right now in your life.
Morning Pages are a practice that can transform your life
Morning Pages are a practice that can transform your life.
They can help you get unstuck, discover your creative voice, find clarity on a problem you’ve been grappling with and even find solutions to problems that have stymied you for ages.
Give yourself time to get in the habit, it can take a while!
Give yourself time to get into the habit, it can take a while!
Give yourself at least three months to become comfortable with morning pages. They should be part of your daily routine, and they are not something that you will feel compelled to continue after the initial excitement of trying them out has worn off. If you feel that you need more than three months of practice before continuing on with your journaling then by all means stay with it as long as necessary. Some people feel like their morning pages have become an essential part of their lives after only a few weeks; others may find themselves struggling with them for months before settling into this new habit and feeling comfortable writing every day again.
Morning pages are a great way to get your creative juices flowing and help you focus on the important things in life. It can be difficult to start, but just keep going! You’ll soon see how helpful this practice is for yourself.