Writing in The Morning: How 750 Words a Day Can Change Your Life 80

writing in the morning: how 750 words a day can change your life

Writing in the morning is a habit all successful people share.

Writing down roughly 3 pages right after you wake up is a sure way to make your whole day better. You’ll be energized, motivated and inspired, and will get more done without being stressed.

That’s the morning pages exercise.

It’s quite simple – you open your eyes in the early morning, grab a notebook (you can type too) and put your dreams, fears and worries, or just current thoughts on paper.

Let’s look at this practice in details now and see what we need to do in order to make the most of it.

Why The Morning is The Best Time to Write?

I, like many others, have tested different versions of doing morning pages. And the beginning of the day always proves to be the best possible time for that.

The earlier you get up, the better. And it’s really important to be serious about doing this and put it before everything else.

Here’s why I suggest you do it right after you wake up:

• the benefits of being an early riser are many and even by only doing this, you can become more successful in general;
• doing morning pages first thing in the morning means not letting anything that comes later in the day get in the way of your writing;
• your mind is susceptible to whatever you indulge it in first and such an inspiring activity is a great choice;
• there won’t be any noises or people interrupting you and so you’ll be able to think more clearly and focus easily;
• you can turn that into a whole morning routine by simply spending some time meditating, adding a healthy breakfast and a quick workout after your morning pages;
• you won’t be exhausted as you’d be in the end of the day;
• your creative energy is at its highest level;
• your willpower hasn’t been used for anything else yet and you can get up early and write down a few pages without any hesitation;
• you build discipline over time.

What to Write About?

A great way to start the day is to write down things that will make it successful. Make a list of what you can do today to be super productive, to improve yourself and your life, to get closer to your goals.

Describe your ideal lifestyle, if you feel like it. I believe that if you do it every morning, you’ll start visualizing it more clearly too, and new opportunities will start coming your way that, if taken, can soon make this dream life a reality.

You can write about whatever comes to mind, if you can’t really think of anything else.
Just put pen to paper and ideas will start popping up in your head.

If you want to begin the day in a positive way, make a list of the stuff you have in your life that you’re grateful for. Thank for it, feel the abundance you live in, and let it raise your level of happiness.

In time, this exercise improves your imagination, creative thinking and writing.

How Long Should Your Morning Pages Be?

Having a hard time writing your first sentence is normal if you’re just starting. So don’t feel bad if you can only come up with a few paragraphs in the first week or so.

A solution to that is to think of a few positive affirmations (simple optimistic statements about you as a person and your life in general) and use them as a starting point every morning.
Then, you’ll be able to write for longer periods.

You should aim for 750 words, which is roughly 3 pages.

That’s considered enough to let you clear your mind, feel better and be ready to jumpstart the day.

How Writing in The Morning Makes Your Day Better?

The benefits are many. Here are some ways in which this practice improves your whole day:

Peace:

Journaling your thoughts and clearing your mind brings some peace in your day. And you enjoy the early morning, the silence and calmness it has.

Do this daily and you’ll find yourself being less stressed and overwhelmed, dealing with other people and problems during the day more easily.

In a nutshell, you’ll have a sense of peace with you wherever you go.

Productivity:

Getting up early itself is a way to kickstart the morning and feel energized and ready to do stuff.

And if the first thing you actually do is a powerful exercise like doing morning pages, this creates a momentum in your day and you’re ready to jump onto the most important tasks on your to-do list.

Success:

If you manage to build the habit of writing first thing in the morning, you also make it easier for you to develop other successful habits.
You improve your discipline and willpower.

Some of the results of this exercise also include being focused, becoming more expressive and thus improving your relationships, getting clear about what you want in life, generating ideas and unlocking your creativity and potential.
And all that can be the reason you become a better person and move forward to your goals.

So what do you think? Will you give writing in the morning a try? And do you think 750 words a day can change your life?

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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.

Check it out.

 

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 14

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

relationships

As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.