Many people wonder what morning pages are. They try to figure out what the best time of the day to do them is, how long to write and how many pages, whether it should be done on an empty stomach, after meditation, what exactly should be written and how to prepare.
Seriously, people search for all of these online. And I can only hope that they actually sit down and do some writing after that (and it’s longer that the browsing).
Because that’s what morning pages are.
You just sit down in the morning and write.
Simple as that.
Of course, there are things you can do that will improve the experience and overall effect. Like doing it right after you get up, as a part of your morning routine, writing for a long time, eliminating distractions and trying to really focus.
All this makes it more helpful and it becomes a successful habit.
But all you need to do is make some time each morning to write for a while. And soon you’ll feel the profound effect they have on you in so many ways.
So do they really work? Yes!
Even if you don’t fancy writing, you can still do this quick exercise. And if done repeatedly, you’ll see improvement in many areas of your daily life.
Benefits of the morning pages exercise
1. It clears your mind.
The early morning, no one to disturb you, it’s just you and the paper/laptop. That’s the best way to clear your mind.
2. You share stuff.
There are always things on our mind that need to be let out. And writing them down helps a lot.
3. New ideas.
It’s also a creative process and once you start writing (even if it’s just journaling your thoughts), you come up with ideas. It’s just how creativity and the state of flow work. All you need to do is start.
4. You learn new things about yourself.
Writing is also a therapy.
It’s a healing exercise that helps you find out things about your inner self that you didn’t know before. Not that they didn’t exist, but that you just didn’t know about them.
Writing comes from the inside. You can’t really be superficial while doing it. So you touch deeper levels of consciousness and thus connect with your spiritual side.
5. It lets you focus.
In order to write, you need to ignore everything else and just concentrate on the sentence you’re writing at each moment. That helps you find focus more easily later in the day too.
After you let it all out, you feel relieved. It’s a great experience.
7. It helps you stay sane.
I believe that doing that quick exercise as a part of your daily morning routine can influence your whole life after some time.
Because if you start each day by spending some time writing down the things in your head, being only with your thoughts, sharing them and clearing your mind, you will be less stressed and overwhelmed in general.
8. You awake the creative genius inside.
After doing morning pages for some time, you’ll start writing better. Your approach will change – you won’t find it hard to start with the first sentence anymore.
In fact, it will be a process of flow and each word will be followed by many others without you putting any effort.
Writing is a creative process. And even if you’ve never had the urge to do it before, with practice, you can get better and make it a habit.
So these are 8 of the reasons why writing is a great activity to include in your morning ritual. It’s quick, easy and pleasant. And the benefits are beyond measure.
What other advantages can you think of? Have you tried doing morning pages?
I recently created a whole book about morning pages. Inside you’ll find all the questions you ever had about this practice answered in a simple and understandable way.