How Busy People Make Time to Keep Morning Pages

How Busy People Make Time to Keep Morning Pages

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.

Related: The Beginner’s Guide to a Successful Morning Routine

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.

Related: 10 Benefits of Rising Before Dawn

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

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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?

See also:

12 Productivity Tips for Extremely Busy People
The 12 Productivity Habits That Help Me Write a Lot Daily


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5 Health Hacks That Can Boost Your Creativity

5 Health Hacks That Can Boost Your Creativity

We all live such busy lives that it is totally normal to feel run down from time to time. You can’t be switched on 24/7, and if you were, you’d be burnt out pretty soon afterward!

When you’re tired and stressed, there are many things which can happen to your body and mind, but one of them will almost certainly be a waving goodbye to any creativity or concentration you were hoping to keep hold of.

Creativity is something we all need in our daily lives. But if you have a job which relies upon your ideas and thoughts when it packs up and goes on vacation for a short while, it can be super-distressing, and frustrating to say the least.

You will have no doubt heard of the old ‘writer’s block’ adage, but you don’t need to be a writer to suffer from creativity problems. The good news is that there are several things you can do to give your creativity a boost, and welcome it back into the fold. Let’s check out five of the best.

How to Boost Your Creativity

1. Reduce Stress

Stress does nothing, absolutely nothing, good for your focus, concentration, and creativity levels. If you are stressed out, you’re burnt out, and you’re not going to be able to keep your mind on anything other than the thing that’s stressing you out. Or it’s going to be flitting from one thing to another, and never doing anything productive.

Put simply, stress is dangerous on so many levels, that you need to do everything you can to reduce it as much as possible.

It’s unrealistic to say that you should kick stress out of your life for good and never feel even the tiniest amount. A little stress is good for you, it helps to motivate and push you to achieve. When stress is prolonged and severe however, it can impact every single system in your body – including your heart. It’s just not worth the hassle, so instead, look to become much less stressed than you are.

You can reduce stress:

  • by taking time for yourself,
  • enjoying social time with friends and family,
  • exercising regularly,
  • eating a healthy diet,
  • getting plenty of sleep,
  • and tackling the thing which is stressing you out, head on.

2. Incorporate Regular Exercise Into Your Routine

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We just mentioned regular exercise as a way to reduce stress, but it also helps to boost your creativity too.

Exercise gets your blood pumping, your heart rate up, and it ironically also helps you to relax. You’re much more likely to get a good night’s sleep, you’ll be healthier overall, and exercise is also a known treatment method for low mood and mild depression.

If you are suffering from low mood, or if you feel like things are becoming a little too much, exercise is a great way to help boost your mood and your overall health and wellbeing. By doing this, you are giving your mind clarity, and that in turn helps to boost focus and creativity.

You will notice that when your mind is clogged up with a million worries, you just don’t have the scope to be creative. When you clear your mind, you will notice that your creativity starts to come back!

3. Try Regular Massages for Relaxation

There is a lot of evidence to suggest that having a regular massage can help to boost your overall health and wellbeing by giant leaps.

Once upon a time, massages were thought to be luxuries, things that you only indulged in when visiting up-market spas. Thankfully, all that has changed, and more and more people are noticing the extreme benefits of having regular massages.

If you can’t afford to head to a heath center or spa on a regular basis, or if you simply don’t have the time, you could instead buy a massage chair to use in your home, so you’re not missing out!

Massage can help to boost your creativity because it gives you the chance to totally relax. You hold tension in your body when you’re stressed out and over-thinking, and that adds up to not only aches and pains, which aren’t going to do much for your state of mind, but it also clogs up your mind and stops you rom thinking straight.

By allowing yourself to totally relax, you are clearing your mind and allowing you creativity to flow. You’re also getting all the other benefits of massage too, such as increased healing, increased mood, increased circulation, better sleep patterns, etc.

4. Good Quality, Regular Sleep

How do you feel when you’re tired and lacking in sleep? Do you feel like coming up with new, innovative ideas? Not likely. You’re sluggish, irritable, and snappy. Creativity disappears when you are not getting the right amount of sleep, so it’s easy to turn that back by ensuring that you do get the right amount of sleep!

The amount you should be getting depends on you as an individual, but overall, between 7-8 hours of good quality sleep per night should have you firing on all cylinders.

If you find it hard to switch off, try drinking a warm, milky drink before you sleep, having a warm bath, switching off your phone and all your social media feeds around an hour before bed, and avoiding anything which is mentally stimulating.

Massage is also something you can use to help bring a better sleep pattern into your life, so look into this option too.

5. Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet

What you eat has a direct impact on your creativity levels, because it impacts your mind.

If you’re clogging up your body with fatty, saturated foods, full of nasties and impurities, how can you expect your mind to be clear? It’s going to be very foggy, to say the least!

Try eating a healthy diet, organic if possible, and only eat anything which is clean and has had a life itself. This will give you a sharper mind, allow you to focus better, and have a fantastic effect on your overall health and wellbeing.

If you can incorporate this with regular exercise and relaxation, you’ll be super creative before you know it!

When you’re tired and stressed, there are many things which can happen to your body and mind, but one of them will almost certainly be a waving goodbye to any creativity or concentration you were hoping to keep hold of. If you can incorporate these tips, you’ll be super creative before you know it! #healthhacks #healthtips #creativity