It’s great that you’ve decided to try out the morning pages exercise. And you feel ready to start tomorrow. It’s what almost every successful person does right after he wakes up and as a part of his morning success ritual.
But there’s one problem. You’re busy and don’t have the time.
Or at least that’s what you think.
Here’s how to make some then and have the same results as highly productive people:
1. Realize that time can’t be found, it’s created.
If something’s important to you, you make time for it no matter what. If you think about your last few days, you’ll see that you spent a lot of time in unproductive activities, lazy habits, and just doing nothing, but you still said no to other stuff because you didn’t have time for it.
2. It’s all about prioritizing.
If you really want to improve yourself, start your day early and with a powerful morning routine, and want to awake the creative genius inside and come up with new ideas, then you’ll make the morning pages practice one of the top priorities in your day.
3. Include it in your to-do list.
Write it down so that you won’t forget. Also, highlight it and make it one of your most important tasks for the day.
4. Get up earlier.
Writing 3 pages takes 10-15 minutes. You can write less, of course. But even if you’re doing it slowly, you can just get up 10-15 minutes earlier and dedicate that time to journaling your thoughts.
It’s a compromise that costs you nothing, but which becomes so beneficial in time.
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5. Prepare the night before.
If you want to have a quick morning routine before you go out, and don’t really want to waste any time, then just do everything you need to do in the evening so that in the morning you’ll just grab the pen/laptop and start writing.
The simplest thing is to have a reminder, to have your alarm set, to put your notebook/laptop by your bed, and to even jot down some ideas on what to write about.
So that’s how you make time for this beautiful exercise. Being busy won’t be an excuse anymore. Now, let’s see how to actually start doing it and get to writing:
How to Start Writing Your Morning Pages and Waste No Time
You’ve decided to try the morning pages exercise, and have prepared for it. Then you got up early, ready to begin.
But then you stop simply because you don’t know how to start writing.
One of the best things about this exercise is that you don’t need to know anything, to be able to write or to be an expert in something. You simply sit down and write about whatever comes to mind.
But some people still struggle with finding the right word to start with.
Unfortunately, there’s no right word. There’s no perfect way to start. That resilience, however, appears simply because starting is the hardest part.
But it doesn’t need to be.
Here’s how to start:
• let go of all you know about writing;
• know that you’re doing it for yourself – no one else is going to see it, unless you decide otherwise;
• you can just write down your daily tasks, what you were dreaming about the night before, what excites you, etc.
But if you’re looking for an exact sentence to start with that will give you the momentum to keep writing great stuff and make the best out of your morning pages, here’s one:
“Today is a new opportunity. It’s given to me and I can spend it however I want. I’m grateful for that.
And I decide to make every moment count by being productive, being kind to others and to myself, and by doing only stuff that matters.
I’m going to be positive and open-minded, to take chances, to be aware of my goals and to enjoy the day.”
I think that’s a good start.
And even if you write just this short text every morning for the next few days, you’ll still feel better and will be able to add some of yours after some time.
Then, in two weeks, you’ll be freely writing 3 pages without any hesitation or effort.
What do you think?
Any other ideas to develop this one habit all successful people share and start doing it daily?
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